January 15, 2017

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2017

Grisham, Connelly, & Picoult jump in; Hillbilly outpaces Tattoo

Libraries Join National Initiative To Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

The Book-Rich Environment Initiative will serve children living in HUD-assisted housing—and encourage families to use local libraries. The U.S. DOE and the National Book Foundation are among the new project’s partners.

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Investigates Swastika Graffiti Found Inside Central Library

From KCUR Radio: Kansas City Public Library officials say they plan on pressing charges after several marks of racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic graffiti were found inside the Central Library location downtown Sunday. [Clip] “Something of this magnitude has never happened at our library, and all of us our shaking our heads because we are so […]

A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week

Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Public Library Dedicates Space for Truth and Reconciliation

From the CBC: Saskatoon is now home to what is believed to be the first library space in the province permanently dedicated to reconciliation. Today, Saskatoon’s Frances Morrison Central Library will launch the Read for Reconciliation area. The space will include a full set of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports, as well as numerous books about Canada’s […]

Pennsylvania: “Charity To Provide $100M For Philadelphia Parks, Libraries”

From the AP: A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds. The William Penn Foundation said the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. From Philly.com: The gift, which […]

National Book Awards Challenge Political Climate with Literature, Celebration

On Wednesday, November 16, following a presidential election that shook the literary community to its roots, the National Book Foundation came back fighting at an awards ceremony where endorsement of a broad view of social justice for America was evident from the moment host Larry Wilmore took the stage. Virtually every speaker expressed strong dismay […]

Leonard Cohen Archives Live on at University of Toronto Library

From The Star: Leonard Cohen’s career took him from Montreal to Greece to Los Angeles, but he chose to leave much of his life’s work, including early poetry and novel manuscripts, in Toronto. The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, buried last week in Montreal following his death on Nov. 7, for years donated thousands of […]