January 18, 2018

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2018

Lots of thrillers making their way onto the list; Chernow moves on to Grant

Best Media 2017: Audiobooks

The best audiobooks of 2017 include short story collections, debut novels, memoirs, true crime, astrophysics, and poetry.

Best Media 2017: Games

LJ’s new gaming columnists have chosen their favorite games of the year. The titles include board games, video games, and a mobile title that will appeal to a wide range of patrons with differing interests and experience.

Best Media 2017: Music

This year, our ears were graced by many great albums—even a few brilliant ones. But two stood out from the crowd: Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds—my pick for album of the year—and ­Thundercat’s Drunk.

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

Audio in Stereo | Audio Spotlight

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

Twice-Told Tales | Collection Development: Retelling the Classics

Everything old is new again when it comes to fresh retellings of classic literature. From the Hogarth Shakespeare series to the movie Clueless and the musical Wicked, classic stories never go out of style.

Train in Vain | Music Matters

Recently, a patron came in and asked for train sounds on CD. Easy enough; libraries always seem to have at least one sound effects CD lying around at all times, right? We did have one that was supposed to be on shelf at that particular location, but it was all Halloween sound effects (i.e., no train sounds), and it was lost or missing.

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

Ex-STEM-Poraneous | Collection Development: Math & Science Literacy

The emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is not just for policy planners but also for parents, community organizers, and school reformers. These 25 resources for teachers and students at all levels will bring new energy to most collections.