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United for Libraries News

  • BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Applications for United for Libraries' National Friends of Libraries Week Award are due Dec. 4, 2018.
  • BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is developing a “Summer Scares” reading program that will provide libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers. The goal is to introduce new authors and help librarians start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come. HWA is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal on “Summer Scares.”
  • BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018. National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

District Dispatch

  • This is a guest post provided by Nayeli Pelayo, Outreach Manager for the Fair Elections Center. On Election Day, its too late to change unfair and burdensome voting rules. But we can work together to ensure the rules are clearly explained and accurately applied. Fair Elections Center is encouraging libraries Continue readingEncouraging library patrons to participate in democracy through being poll workers The post Encouraging library patrons to participate in democracy through being poll workers appeared first on District Dispatch .
  • Late on September 13 the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released a conference committee report on fiscal year 2019 funding for programs under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee—which controls spending levels for many federal library programs—and the Defense Subcommittee. The news is good: The conference committee Continue readingSubcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases The post Subcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases appeared first on District Dispatch .
  • This week’s news from Penguin Random House (PRH) represents a new and major development in the library ebook market. Unlike the terrible shift in lending policy announced in July by Tor and Macmillan Publishers, PRH’s change is neutral or even a bit positive for US libraries, although the impact on any specific library will Continue readingEvolution in the library ebook market The post Evolution in the library ebook market appeared first on District Dispatch .

Book Club Central

  • By Donna Seaman Madness, maps, and music; poetry, war, and climate change; family and love in Syria, Iran, South Korea, London, Liberia, and Boston—these elements are found in the finest first novels reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2017, through October 15, 2018. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi In her mind-blowing first novel, Emezi portrays Ada, The post Top 10 First Novels: 2018 appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .
  • By Shawn Thrasher Friends is having a silver anniversary in 2019; 25 years of 6 wacky 20-somethings living in (and somehow affording) New York City who are experiencing that special time of life when “your friends are your family.” Full disclosure: I didn’t start out watching Ross Rachel Monica Chandler Phoebe The post Book Club Choices: I’ll Be There for You: The One About ‘Friends’ by Kelsey Miller appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .
  • By Shari Randall Food and books―the perfect combination! With the holidays on the horizon, why not find some culinary inspiration in these mysteries, all featuring deadly plots and delicious recipes. I’ve asked the authors to tell us a bit about their books below. Happy reading and bon appétit! The Tell-Tale Tarte by Maya Corrigan When café The post Whos Hungry for Culinary Mysteries? appeared first on ALA Book Club Central .