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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
- The Free Library of Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Seattle Public Library are eliminating late fees in 2020.
- From PEN America: Kansas Prison book ban repeats the state’s prior mistakes.
- Attack in Auburn raises concerns of library safety a year after Sacramento librarian Amber Clark was murdered by a former patron.
- Amber Clark’s husband, Kelly Clark, speaks about the upcoming one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.
- The Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is looking for a loving home for their resident library cat, Porter C. Bibliocat, who has developed some health issues in his advanced age. Poor baby! I want to adopt the library cat!!
Cool Library Updates
- The Long Branch (NJ) Public Library’s prisoner re-entry program is going statewide thanks to a $630,000 federal grant received by the New Jersey State Library.
- Lisa Lamont at the San Diego State University Library, is curating a living collection of over 1700 letters written by migrants in detention centers.
- How Chicago’s Chinatown public library is adapting to its senior population.
- The Burlington (WI) Public Library has an exercise class that helps patrons with Parkinson’s disease.
- How South Carolina libraries are working to improve low child literacy rates.
- OMG, it’s a Little Free Stick Library for dogs!!
- Why it’s time to quantify the library’s role in the reading marketplace.
- Libraries take a leading role in the 2020 Census.
- Public libraries are now mental health resource centers.
- The complicated role of the public library.
- Libraries where bats are welcome patrons.
Book Adaptations in the News
- Kay Oyegun, producer for This Is Us, is adapting Angie Thomas’s YA novel On the Come Up.
- Rick Riordan is in discussions with Disney about adapting Percy Jackson.
- Paul McCartney is teaming up with Netflix to adapt the children’s novel he co-wrote, High in the Clouds, about an imaginative teenage squirrel. He’ll also produce and contribute songs for the film.
- Pierce Brosnan is cast as the king in the upcoming Cinderella musical. I’m sorry, but is anyone else disappointed that he’s not playing a silver fox Prince Charming?
- Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise will be adapted as a limited series.
- Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman will be adapting Chabon’s novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for TV.
- Stephen King’s The Dark Half is getting adapted for the second time.
- Elin Hilderbrand’s The Perfect Couple is coming to Fox.
- PopSugar has a list of 34 books that are being adapted in 2020.
Books & Authors in the News
- Neil Gaiman wrote a poem for refugees based on 1,000 individual tweets.
- The 2020 PEN America Literary Awards longlists are out.
- National Book Critics Circle announces the 2019 finalists for the Best First Book award.
- De’Shawn Charles Winslow won the Best First Novel award from the Center of Fiction.
- Lois McMaster Bujold becomes the 36th Damon Knight Grand Master, as awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
- The New York Times says that the Caldecott Medal needs an international makeover.
- For the first time, the Bad Sex in Fiction award was given to two authors.
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
- How reading changed in the 2010’s.
- Chicago’s getting a Harry Potter-themed Christmas pop-up bar!
- Two words: Book fairies.
- Lego’s latest Creator Expert set is a 2500 piece modular bookstore! WANT!
On the Riot
- What’s the deal with all of these middle grade adaptations?
- The therapeutic value of weeding your digital shelves.
- Measuring reading time, rather than the number of books read.
- Tracking down the history of the library cake.
- Book signing conversation tips, or how not to sound like a total doofus when you meet your favorite author.
Thanks for hanging! See everyone on Tuesday!