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The world of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising expands further in the next installment of the Sons of Ares storyline. Fitchner’s quest for revenge continues as he and the other Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. But actions come with repercussions and an elaborate game of cat and mouse is on. A battle of Gold versus Gold erupts further into more than acts of vengeance and becomes the seeds of a revolution.
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).
I may be scheduled to staff the desk for four hours, but I hope at least some of you are enjoying a well-deserved day off!
Libraries & Librarians
- The Charleston County Public Library joins the increasing list of libraries boycotting Macmillan Publishing, although in this case, the library is boycotting Macmillan titles in ALL formats, not just digital.
- In West Virginia, inmates in ten prisons are provided with “free” tablets, but are charged $0.05/minute to read eBooks that are primarily found via Project Gutenberg, which provides FREE access to public domain and CC-licensed eBooks.
- Three loaded handguns were found inside a restroom at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix last month.
- The architectural firm that designed the Hunters Point Library brushes off concerns of accessibility.
- The Kalamazoo (MI) and Memphis Public Libraries will eliminate late fines in 2020.
- The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was fired for violating museum loaning policies when he loaned a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address to a museum founded by Glenn Beck.
- The New York Public Library acquires a collection of rare Virginia Woolfe materials.
Cool Library Updates
- The Seattle Public Library just launched a pilot program that lets incarcerated parents read to their children over video recordings.
- Nerf gun wars at the library!
- LSU Libraries launches a mobile digitization lab.
- When a library program fails.
- The Smithsonian unveils a Little Free Library honoring Native Americans.
- This 104-year-old author is collecting 104 children’s books for her birthday to donate to a local school library.
Book Adaptations in the News
- Netflix orders a series adaptation of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land.
- Kingsley Ben-Adir will be playing Barack Obama in the miniseries adaptation of A Higher Loyalty by James Comey.
- Showtime is developing a series based on Jacob Tobia’s memoir, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is headed to HBO Max.
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is getting adapted for Channel 4.
- There’s another Dracula film coming out, but the story is about Renfield.
- Casting news for Lisey’s Story.
- Fox has ordered a medical drama pilot based on the life of Oliver Sacks.
- Beverly Jenkins’ Forbidden is headed to TV!
- CBS is adapting Never Tell by Stacey Abrams.
- Casting news for I Know This Much Is True, based on the novel by Wally Lamb.
- The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal will have a limited series adaptation.
- Trailer for The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford and one real good doggo.
- (Almost) all of the YA and SFF adaptations currently in the works.
Books & Authors in the News
- Getting to know Kara Jackson, the United States Youth Poet Laureate.
Numbers & Trends
- The Republican National Committee spent $94,800 for copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s book, Triggered.
- A rare, near-mint condition, copy of the first Marvel comic sold for $1.26 million dollars.
- Get your votes in – the Goodreads Best Books of 2019 final round of voting goes through December 2nd.
- Longlist announced for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize.
- Daniel Craig announces that No Time to Die will be his last appearance as James Bond.
- The Mandalorian (and hopefully Baby Yoda!) gets renewed for a second season.
- The Crown is getting its own podcast.
- Here’s the first full-length trailer for the Cats adaptation. I’m a little afraid to watch, to be perfectly honest.
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
- The Oxford Word of the Year is “climate emergency.”
- Why female authors still use male pseudonyms.
- In case you’ve had trouble keeping up, here’s a timeline of the five biggest YA controversies of 2019.
- Shakespeare and Co. turns 100!
- Keep your book club organized with this free app.
- Stephen King gets his own Funko Pop figure, and my desk at work needs one badly.
- The influence of Jane Austen online fan culture.
Found on Book Riot
- 12 home library ideas & trends we loved in 2019.
- Strategies for reading the books you already have.
- The positive impact of author visits on students.
- 7 creative ways to gift a book.
- A brief & incomplete history of cookbooks.
Thanks for hanging! See everyone on Tuesday!
–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin.