Showing posts from October, 2016



Scary Reads for Halloween

LCL Annual Book Sale

Lincoln City Libraries Annual Book Sale
October 27-30
Lancaster Event Center

Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28)--10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday (10/29)--10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday (10/30)--10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more at the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries.

Literacy Infographic

Reading, the Road to Success:  Teaching Children the Value of the Written Word
Chronicle Books

Two important, depressing statistics shared in the infographic:

3/4th of those on welfare are illiterate

3/5th of those in prison are illiterate

2016 Top Teen Titles

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), part of the ALA (American Library Association), just released the 2016 Teens' Top Ten list.  For more information about the selected titles, look here.  1.Alive by Chandler Baker. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484706831.
2.All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780385755887.
3.The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 9780545668347.
4.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. 9781627792127.
5.Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Random House/Delacorte Press. 9780553496642.
6.Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484705278.
7.The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250080059.
8.Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780553499117.
9.When by Victoria Laurie. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484700082.
10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten. Simon…

Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist

First-hand Reporting Dominates Baillie Gifford Shortlist
The Guardian

Winner to be announced November 15.  Finalists:

East West Street:  On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands

Negroland:  A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

The Return:  Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Sheyavich

Frankenstein, Recommended

Friday Reads:  Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
NCompass Blogs

Incredible to think that the original publication date of Frankenstein is 1818.  You can learn more about Mary Shelley at the Keats-Shelley House site.



National Book Club Month--Surprise!

October is National Book Club Month and, conincidentally, National Medical Librarians' Month.  Please leave a comment on this post and your e-mail address, and I'll send a little surprise to you to celebrate both.

Bob Dylan

Author Shirley Jackson

Eerie and Cheery
The Slate Book Review

"Shirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife.  Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales.  Don't dismiss her."

Crime Novelist Josephine Tey

Tuesday as Book Publishing Day

Why Do Books Publish on Tuesdays?
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Something I always wondered about, yet never bothered to look into.  Someone probably knew the definitive reason at some point in the past, but habit/tradition seems to be the real answer now.

Avoca Library

English-to-Yiddish Dictionary

The Season of Stories

Sign up to receive three months' worth of short stories in your e-mail inbox at The Season of Stories at  The season runs October 11-December 30, 2016.

RIP, Gloria Naylor

October Dinner Meeting

The final in-person meeting of 2016 is next week.  Contact Maria at for location information.

Date:  Thursday, October 13

Time:  5:30 p.m.-???

Reading Closed Books

Napoleon Bonaparte