New series from Rachel Hartman & Tamora Pierce | YA

Rachel Hartman launches a new series set in Goredd and Tamora Pierce tells the story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall.

Missing Persons | Stephanie’s Picks

February mysteries and thrillers featuring someone (or someones) going missing

Megan Frazer Blakemore, Vashti Harrison, & Margaret Peterson Haddix | Middle Grade

An illustrated group biography of exceptional black women, series installments from Blakemore and Haddix, and a biography of Madeleine L’Engle written by her granddaughters.

Audiobook Memoirs Publishing in February

Personal stories of near-death experiences, survivalist upbringings, and a quest for a mother’s history

Hayek/Lithgow, Artist Lynch, Forster’s Maurice, French Animation, Drama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Miguel Arleta’s biting satire of the privileged class works despite a few kinks; Lynch provides insight into the formative process that eventually graduated to animation, short works, and feature films; Laguionie’s endearing animated tale celebrates a hardscrabble dame in her dotage; a splendid restoration plus an additional disc of extras befitting a near-classic film; a revelatory pas de deux from two veteran actresses

The Top Ten Best Games Ever | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

For five years, I’ve been honored to talk to LJ’s readers about games, the people who play them, and how bringing gaming into the library can help connect with patrons. Now, the time has come to pass the joystick to others.

Tom Petty, 1950–2017 | Music Matters

Both dedicated and casual music fans mourned the passing of rock star Tom Petty (1950–2017) on October 2. His death has inspired many to consider the artist’s influences and his achievements over the course of his 40-year career.

LJ Media | Review Alert, December 2017

Libraries owe patrons ready access to this sort of meaningful, transformative fare; public libraries as well as those at military installations and those with criminal psychology and criminal justice programs should purchase Ranger Games; impeccably restored and remastered, Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is simply breathtaking; Tickling Giants is as urgent and timely as it is highly recommended

A Weekend of Weird: FEARnyc 2017

The best feature-length horror shown at FEARnyc 2017

Audio in Stereo | Audio Spotlight

Audiobook listeners and podcast fans team up to drive the renaissance in spoken-word programming