Check Your Shelf

Administering Medical Aid, Library Book Sales at the Liquor Store, and SCARY STORIES Readalikes

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).

Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Cool Library Updates

  • Jeff Rise was helping his library move donated books into storage between fundraising sales when he thought, “What if a local business kept the book sale going year-round and gave all the profits back to the library?” And then thought “What if MY business did that?” So he ran the library book sale out of his liquor store and raised over $10,000 for the library in its first year! Way to go, Jeff!
  • Silent book groups are a thing, and I would LOVE to see this as a low-key library program.

Worth Reading

Book Adaptations in the News

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

New & Upcoming Titles

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

Books & Authors in the News

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, and I’ll see you next week!

–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently (re)reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.