Check Your Shelf

Librarian Detectives and More Exciting News for CHECK YOUR SHELF!

Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!

Wait, no, lemme start again.

Hello, book lovers! It’s Liberty Hardy again, sitting in again today while Katie McLain finishes up her vacation. I’m excited to be doing this again today, because as I mentioned last week, my mother was a librarian for most of my childhood, so I was practically raised in the library. (But don’t let that frighten you into keeping your kids away from the library. It took a lot more than that for me to turn out this weird. They’ll be fine.)

So I have more bookish news and lists for you today, to keep you up-to-date on the happenings in library land, and some useful resources for keeping up with upcoming releases. So buckle in!

And remember, Katie says: “Starting September 17th, you’ll be getting TWO doses of Check Your Shelf in your inboxes each week on Tuesdays and Fridays! Tuesdays will focus on collection development and book lists, while Fridays will be more about news-y items. Thank you to all you readers who have made this newsletter such a success!!”

P.S. More fun news: be sure to enter Book Riot’s giveaway of the year’s 10 best mystery/thrillers so far!

Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Cool Library Updates

Worth Reading

Book Adaptations in the News

  • Markus Sakey’s superhero novel Brilliance is being made into a movie, with Will Smith to play the lead.
  • Richard Dormer will appear in the BBC’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s The Watch.
  • Whoopi Goldberg has joined the cast of the new adaptation of The Stand.
  • Rupert Everett has taken a role in the Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He replaces Eddie Izzard, who had to drop out because of a schedule conflict.
  • Ali Fazal has joined the cast of Death on the Nile.
  • Netflix is making a Young Wallander series, based on the character from the Henning Mankell novels.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders has been optioned for a series.
  • 8 major books with upcoming adaptations.

Collection Development Corner

New & Upcoming Titles

Books & Authors in the News

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics

  • A guide to banned comics for Banned Books Week.
  • Hellmouth comic crossover brings Buffy and Angel back together.
  • ‘Disney Plus eyes Hailee Steinfeld for lead role in Hawkeye series.

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists



Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

  • Books as more than fonts of information or fun.
  • How googly eyes solved one of today’s trickiest UX problems.

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 joining me today! And thanks to Katie for letting me push the buttons on the motherboard.

–Liberty, @franzencomesalive on Instagram