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Welcome to Check Your Shelf. Has anyone else been having a ridiculously hard time keeping track of what day it is? Earlier this week, I asked my husband multiple times to confirm that it was still Tuesday (it was). And today, my boss gave me a mini heart attack when he asked me to take care of something at the library, and when I told him I wasn’t there (I’m not normally scheduled for Wednesdays), he said, “But aren’t you supposed to cover for me today?” Thankfully, he quickly realized that he had asked a different staff member to cover his shift, but in that amount of time, I thought I felt my heart stop.
So what day is it again?
Libraries & Librarians
A new rule bans Allegheny (PA) County Jail inmates from receiving books, and limits them to 214 pre-selected eBooks on faulty tablets that cost inmates money.
The Manhattan poetry library Poets House has suspended operations due to economic difficulties during the pandemic, but employees say that the move is a retaliatory measure against staff members’ recent attempts to unionize.
New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell and several top public library officials have been accused of misleading the public with their proposed plan to reallocate millions in property taxes.
Cool Library Updates
The Redwood City (CA) Library will be hosting a virtual version of its award-winning Human Library program on December 5th.
Dallas Libraries add 2100 mobile WiFi hotspots to their collections.
New York Public Library released several Best Books of the Year lists for kids, teens, and adults.
Next month, you’ll be able to stream a new documentary for free about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
How libraries handle the legacy of racist murals.
How local libraries shaped the life of Octavia E. Butler.
10 people share why they’re thankful for libraries.
How German librarians played a thirteen-year game of cat-and-mouse with an elusive book thief.
Book Adaptations in the News
Umbrella Academy has been renewed for a third season with Netflix.
Books & Authors in the News
Bustle looks at how romance authors and their “Romancing the Runoff” fundraiser is helping Stacey Abrams turn Georgia blue.
Warner Brothers TV strikes an overall deal with YA author and activist Kimberly Latrice Jones.
Barack Obama has made his memoir available for free to all Chicago High School students and staff!
Bret Easton Ellis bypasses book publishers for his latest story, and instead turns to podcasts.
Numbers & Trends
Obama’s memoir breaks first day sales records for Penguin Random House, selling more than 887,000 copies in the first day.
Not surprisingly, James Patterson was the decades’ best-selling author.
Joy Harjo will serve a rare third term as US poet laureate.
The winners of the National Book Awards have been announced!
The shortlist for the 2020 Reading Women Award in nonfiction has been released.
Wonder Woman: 1984 will be released in theaters on Christmas Day, but it will also be available to stream on HBO Max simultaneously.
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
Charles Darwin’s notebooks have reportedly been stolen from Cambridge University, although they were originally believed to be mis-shelved as far back as 2000.
Oxford has broken with its tradition of naming a single word of the year, and instead named multiple words of the year for 2020.
On the Riot
5 favorite fictional librarians from children’s media.
Librarians know…even hardcore book people engage in bad book habits.
A call for more people to try reading out loud.
10 of the best book lights for late-night reading. Or, you know, if you’re looking for ideas for winter reading program prizes…
How to make a DIY book page wreath.
See everyone on Tuesday. Have a safe weekend!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.