Check Your Shelf

ALA Midwinter Updates, Galentine’s Day Lists, and Library Reads Recs for May 2018

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Libraries and Librarians

ALA Midwinter 2018 News

ALA Midwinter 2018 Book Awards

#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Updates from the Publishing World

*Trigger warning for sexual harassment/assault*

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics


Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists!

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!). Links here will direct to Edelweiss digital review copies.

  • Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (May 1, 2018)
    The first book in a new historical fantasy series about an outcast drawn into a war between two ruthless rulers. It’s described as Romeo and Juliet meets Return of the King.
  • Welcome to Lagos by Chibundo Onuzo (May 1, 2018)
    After being ordered to kill innocent civilians, an army officer deserts his post and heads into the heart of a political scandal involving the education minister of Nigeria.
  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (May 8, 2018)
    The story of Rebecca, an overwhelmed new mother, and Priscilla, the new nanny who causes Rebecca to analyze the blind spots of her white privilege.
  • Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura, transl. by Kalau Almony (May 22, 2018)
    A literary crime novel that explores the psychology of extremism, fringe religion, and obsession.


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–Katie McLain, currently reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng