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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
- Fine free updates!
- The Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Historical Society are merging.
- OverDrive does away with automatic hold checkouts and allows readers to take advantage of hold redelivery. Learn more here.
- A funding error leads to expanded library services in Kalamazoo (MI) County’s Texas Township.
- Advocates say that the Windsor (Ontario) Public Library’s new rules are discriminatory against homeless patrons.
- The Library of Congress is looking for volunteers to help transcribe Walt Whitman’s poems and letters.
Cool Library Updates
- St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix opens a library inside the hospital so that NyICU parents can read to their babies.
- Check out this awesome reader’s advisory programming idea: books and libations!
- 10-year-old Bailey Black raised over $2000 to help build the first library in Birch Bay, Washington!
- Unlike Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler loves libraries!
- 18 surprising things stolen from libraries.
- This beautiful modern library is for fans of shiny things. (I love this headline.)
Book Adaptations in the News
- Nicole Kidman’s production company acquires Samantha Downing’s bestselling psychological thriller, My Lovely Wife.
- Judy Blume’s novel Summer Sisters is being adapted into a Hulu limited series.
- NBC is adapting Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.
- Rebecca Breeds will play Clarice Starling in the CBS series Clarice, which takes place a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs.
- Classic horror novel Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge is being turned into a film.
- Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney are planning a TV series adaptation of Dawn by Octavia Butler.
- Amazon is adapting The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
- The Magicians will end after the current season.
- Trailer for Artemis Fowl.
Books & Authors in the News
- Mega best-selling author Clive Cussler dies at age 88.
- Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh is going to prison for a “years-long scheme in which she sold her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for mayor.”
Numbers & Trends
- We’ve got the Audie Award and PEN Literary Award winners here!
- Edwidge Danticat is the first two-time winner of the $20,000 Story Prize.
On the Riot
- The Oprah Winfrey Show is getting replayed as a podcast.
- Scientists discovered a new genus of pterosaur and gave them a very Game of Thrones name: Targaryendraco wiedenrothi.
- Have you seen the trailer for Candyman yet??
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
- The best book club questions to spark discussion.
- How Ramona Quimby taught a generation of girls to embrace brashness.
- How to build a book arch.
On the Riot
- Tennessee becomes the next state seeking public library oversight & censorship.
- Guidelines for using the Libby app to optimal effect.
- 10 of the biggest book deals in history.
- The social and emotional benefits of reading.
- How to start a queer book club. Plus, an introvert’s guide to starting a book club.
Have a great weekend! Catch you all next week!