Showing posts from September, 2016

Inspirational Book Recommendations

On one of my e-mail discussion lists geared to medical librarians, someone requested recommendations for inspirational readings that would remind physicians about why they decided to pursue a career in medicine.  I thought some of you might be interested in the suggestions shared.

I'd Die for You

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Unpublished Stories to be Released in 2017
The Guardian

The collection of stories, titled I'd Die for You, written in the mid- to late-1930s, is due in spring 2017.

How Much are Americans Reading?

Americans aren't Reading Less--They're Just Reading Less Literature
MPR News

Summary of reading-related results from the National Endowment for the Arts' Annual Arts Basic Survey.

Rachel Recommends

Rachel Recommends
Kilgore Memorial Library Blog

Book recommendations from Rachel Mayfield, Technical Services/Acquisitions Coordinator at Kilgore Public Library in York.

Celebration of Nebraska Books

Nebraska Center for the Book's Celebration of Nebraska Books
2:30-6:30 p.m.
October 29, 2016

Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum
131 Centennial Mall South

For more information, see this NCompass Blog post.

Nonfiction Recommendations

Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest will have Young and Old Talking in Rhyme and Verse
Omaha World-Herald

Intergenerational Poetry Contest
Grades 7-12 and Ages 50+
Limit of two poems per poet
Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha's Department of Gerontology, Omaha Public Library (OPL), Nebraska Writers Collective, and Omaha Public Schools (OPS).

For more information, and to enter submissions, go to

Tom Adamson at Valley Public Library

Tom Adamson
Thursday, September 22
6:30 p.m.
Valley Public Library

Learn more about this author event here.

University Life




The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using PubMed Central (PMC) as a depository for all of the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research.

For more information, see the announcement at:

or directly access the NASA articles on PMC at:"nasa+funded"[Filter]

Book Blogs

Here are some book blogs I enjoy reading.  Do you have any favorites to share?  Feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Alpha Heroes from Nicola in the Seattle area

Blue-Hearted Bookworm from Susan Bybee

Book Asylum

Bookish Bluebird from Jae

Breaking the Spine  from Jill in Alabama

Deadly Darlings

Forever Lost in Literature

Jacque's Book Nook

Kittling:  Books from Cathy in Phoenix

Lit and Life  from Omaha

Petras Bokblogg from Petra in Sweden

A Pretty Wonderful Book from the United Kingdom

The Reading Nook Reviews from Jess and Tom

So Many Books from Stefanie Hollmichel in Minneapolis

Truth, Beauty, Freedom, & Books from Tasha B.

Nancy Drew for Adults

Harry Potter for Adults

Historical Fiction Essay

RIP, Ann Dewdney

Anna Dewdney Dies; Author of 'Llama Llama' Books was 50
The New York Times

“A good children’s book can be read by an adult to a child, and experienced genuinely by both,” Ms. Dewdney told The Star-Ledger. “A good children’s book is like a performance. I don’t feel my world really exists until an adult has read it to a child.”

During her pre-school days, my daughter and I enjoyed reading the Llama Llama books together.  Another talent gone too soon.

Bruce Springsteen Interview

Cover Story:  The Book of Bruce Springsteen
VF Culture  (Vanity Fair)

Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run,gets released on September 27.

National Parks

100 Must-Read Books About the National Parks
Book Riot

The National Park Service just celebrated 100 years of service.  What better time to read a book about the parks--maybe even plan a visit?

Digitized Children's Books

Digitized and Free to Read Online:  Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books
NCompass Blog (Nebraska Library Commission)

The actual information for the collection:

Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
University of Florida Digital Collections

You can sort by title or date (ascending or descending).