Check Your Shelf

Libraries Aren’t Neutral, a New Anthony Bourdain Biography, A Billion and One Book Lists, & More

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

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Libraries & Librarians

Response to ALA’s Meeting Room Policy Interpretation

Book Adaptations

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!).

Last month, Kelly put together a reference guide for finding these books, along with a database of titles and publication dates to make reading and highlighting these books as easy as can be. Your only work is to read them and talk about them.

There is literally no excuse. Nominations for titles on the October list need to be submitted by August 20. Here are a couple suggestions to get you started:

  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. “Moon of the Crusted Snow imagines a small community on the precipice of winter without power or communication where leaders must grapple with control, restore order, and save their people from a grave fate.”
  • The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa; translated by Simon Grove. “The Lady Killer leads a double life in the shadow world of Tokyo’s singles bars and nightclubs. By day a devoted husband and hard worker, by night he cruises nightclubs cafes and cinemas in search of lonely single women to seduce. But now the hunter is being hunted, and in his wake lies a trail of gruesome murders. Who is the culprit? The answer lies tangled in a web of clues, and to find it he must accept that nothing is what it seems.”
  • White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar. “In sixteen remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other.”


Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.