Check Your Shelf

Vocational Awe in Libraries, a Drag Queen Sorceress, and All the Disney+ Updates

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

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins and Fierce Reads.

Katina King is the reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California, but she’s having trouble fighting off the secrets in her past. Robin Thornton was adopted from an orphanage in India and is reluctant to take on his future. If he can’t find his roots, how can he possibly plan ahead? Robin and Kat meet in the most unlikely of places—a summer service trip to Kolkata to work with survivors of human trafficking. As bonds build between the travelmates, Robin and Kat discover that you can’t rewind life; sometimes you just have to push play.

I’m going to be tweaking the format of the newsletter slightly over the next few weeks as I incorporate some of the great feedback you guys gave in the survey! The biggest change is that instead of having a “Books & Authors in the News” section and a separate “Upcoming Books” section, I’m combining the two into a “Collection Development Corner” that will highlight newly announced titles, genre guides & resources, and recently published books that your patrons are probably hearing about on NPR, the New York Times, etc. I hope you find it helpful!

And now, on with the newsletter…

Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Cool Library Ideas

Worth Reading

Book Adaptations in the News

Collection Development Corner

News & Upcoming Titles

Current Noteworthy Books

The Books Your Patrons Are Hearing About

Numbers & Trends

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? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.


Thanks for hanging out and I’ll see you again next week!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Ill Will by Dan Chaon.