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Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I want you all to exude “I’m Speaking” energy into the weekend, next week, the next several weeks, and all the months after that.
Libraries & Librarians
Publishers worry as ebooks fly off libraries’ virtual shelves (are we seriously starting up with this tired argument again??).
Multnomah County Library dials back its layoffs, but employees are calling out systemic racism and top-down management.
A former Austin Public Library employee is accused of stealing $1.3 million in printer toner.
The struggle to diversify library staff.
Libraries could be the next hub for telehealth services.
I’m sharing this for the headline alone: “For Banned Books Week, I read the country’s 10 most challenged books. The gay penguins did not corrupt me.”
Book Adaptations in the News
Warner Brothers is pushing back Dune’s release date to late 2021.
Here’s why Hollywood’s been gobbling up book rights during the pandemic.
Books & Authors in the News
A court has ruled that the DoJ’s case against John Bolton’s book can proceed.
A group of lyricists and authors have launched the #45Lies challenge on social media, which is designed to create a rapid-response movement to fact check statements made by Trump.
Why a California school district removed and then quietly reinstated Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
Numbers & Trends
Out of the top 20 books that have been banned or challenged in the last decade, half of them have featured LGBTQ themes. Perhaps not surprising, but still infuriating.
The National Book Award finalists have been announced!
Jacqueline Woodson, N.K. Jemisin, and Tressie McMillan Cottom all won 2020 MacArthur Foundation genius grants!
The Center for Fiction just announced the shortlist for its 2020 First Novel Prize.
Akwaeke Emezi said that they will not let their future novels be entered for the Women’s Prize after the prize asked them for information on their sex as defined “by law.”
Shortlists for the National Translation Awards.
The US Selfies awards have added a children’s prize to go along with its adult fiction award.
Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous
Browse the world’s strangest (and I do mean STRANGEST) books.
On the Riot
4 ways libraries hype books virtually.
5 awesome online educational sites for kids.
This reader doesn’t remember the last time they enjoyed a book.
A brief history of writing styles, from pictures to the modern alphabet.
What would your bookish point total be on The Good Place?
Let’s get through another week together, folks. Remember to reclaim your time, and I’ll catch you on the flipside.
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.