May 24, 2018

Philip Roth Has Died | Book Pulse

Philip Roth has died. Olga Tokarczuk wins the Man Booker International Prize for Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft. Reese Witherspoon starts an audio bookclub with Audible. John Grisham announces his newest book, The Reckoning.

Bill Gates’s Summer Reading Picks | Book Pulse

Bill Gates issues his summer reading list (with dogs). Stephen King gets even more reviews. The Christian Science Monitor writes about diversity in the fantasy genre. The Man Booker International Prize will be announced today and PBS’s The Great American Read begins tonight.

Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe | Discovery & Advisory

The appeal of podcasts is easy to understand—they’re free, easy to sample and subscribe to, and there are now so many that it’s possible to find a show to match any interest and satisfy any reader.

Missing the Mark: Time To Refocus Our Advocacy Approach | Editorial

If you haven’t yet read From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018, please put it on the top of your to-do list. Released in March by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, it updates the findings of the initial Awareness to Funding report done in 2008 with startling insights into how voters connect to libraries or—more concerning—increasingly don’t.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The Outsider by Stephen King leads holds this week and King posts a new short story online. N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky wins the Nebula Award. Jane Fonda still has enough buzz-power to boost Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies.

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Summer Reading | Book Pulse

Summer readings list are starting to appear. Janet Maslin picks 17 page-turners for The New York Times. The L.A. Timeshas an interview with Elena Ferrante. In the spirit of the Royal Wedding, there are a number of pieces about wedding books. There is plenty more to watch with four book-related movie and TV shows debuting this weekend.

Reversing the Slide in Voter Support | BackTalk

The 2018 “From Awareness to Funding” study should inspire deep reflection within the library community about how we have been doing public outreach, voter engagement, and everyday advocacy over this past decade.

Scholarly Communication, Shakespeare, Human Rights, Religious Leaders, plus Statista Online | Review Alert: June 1, 2018

An essential, cohesive work that will be invaluable to researchers; Black’s work brings Shakespeare readers and scholars new knowledge, insight, and delight; for those without the earlier volumes, this works as a go-to resource on the topic of human rights; those looking to get a leg up on the competition in local and international markets will find a powerful tool in Statista

Audiobooks from Anderson, Goenawan, Le Guin, Hinton, Films on Beethoven, Sf Cult Classics, Social Justice, & Faith | Review Alert: June 1, 2018

This timely multigenerational immigrant story explores unique challenges families face and the redemptive power of forgiveness; this informative and thought-provoking film about social injustice and police advocacy is a must-see for adult audiences; an engaging look at how an artistic endeavor successfully exceeds the sum of its parts

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, April 2018

Hannah’s The Great Alone is the sole new fiction title; Wolff remains Fury–ously on top of nonfiction

Nonfiction on Soviet & Latin American Art, Fashion Then & Now, Bruce Lee, Julian of Norwich, Omega-3s, the Soul of America | Review Alert: June 1, 2018

For the initiated, a pleasing introduction to Simone Weil; fans of Bruce Lee will flock to this title, as will anyone interested in pop culture; this documented account of the Pony Express offers a legendary American adventure story; The Ecocentrists is an essential addition for all environmental collections

Romance | Best Sellers, February 2018

Graham’s Dark Rites, Garwood’s Wired, and Anderson’s The Christmas Room

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Watchung, NJ Borough Council Votes to Close Library

Blindsided by the borough council’s April vote to close the Watchung Public Library, NJ, (WPL), patrons and other supporters are mobilizing a grassroots effort to keep the facility—which everyone agrees is undersized, aging, and unsafe—from shutting its doors permanently.