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Libraries = Strong Communities: Happy National Library Week 2019!

From April 7-13, we celebrate the vital role libraries play in our lives and communities.

And one woman who knows this as well as anyone is Melinda Gates, author of the upcoming THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World.

Melinda was chosen as this year’s National Library Week Honorary Chair and spoke at ALA Midwinter in Seattle about the importance of libraries. Click here or the image above to watch part of her speech.

You can also find more resources on how YOU can celebrate libraries this week here.

Tweet your love of libraries all week long with the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Happy National Library Week 2018!

It’s National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite books by librarians, about libraries, or starring librarians:

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
A September 2017 LibraryReads pick, Gen X-er librarian Spence’s book is a snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
Murder? In the library?! It happens in Lehane’s 42nd Street Library mystery series starring crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler.

Swyler’s “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations was a June 2015 LibraryReads pick and a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers selection.

THE INFERNAL LIBRARY: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder
A compelling new history of “dictator literature” in the twentieth century, featuring the prose and poetry of Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and more.

Librarian Weaver’s charming Golden Age debut introduced married couple/amateur sleuths Amory and Milo Ames and was an October 2014 LibraryReads pick. Look for book 5 in the series, AN ACT OF VILLAINY, coming this September 2018.

Plus, Patience & Fortitude are roaring about our New York Public Library Spring 2018 staff picks!

STARFIRE: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth


DON’T GO by Lisa Scottoline

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (Young Adult)

Happy National Library Week 2017!

Happy National Library Week!

Did you know that Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK was named one of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016? It’s true! It may be a New York Times Notable Children’s Book and a Printz Honor recipient (among many other awards received), but this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

You can view the full list and get resources and graphics here, and read up on the state of America’s libraries here.

Tweet your love of libraries all week long with the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.



We’re happy to send off National Library Week tomorrow with a purrfect Caturday (that’s what we call Saturday snuggling with kitties) book: THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town…and the World by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak.

It all started with mice in the library. Assistant librarian Jan Louch and a coworker found a pair of Scottish Folds who were perfect for the job. Jan named them Baker and Taylor, they took up residence in the library, and the rest is history.

Now you can have Baker & Taylor too, with a free poster (while supplies last)! Simply email (subject: True Tails of Baker and Taylor) from your professional/library-issued e-mail address and make sure to include your library’s mailing address.

We’ve also got 5 clever #librarycatproblems e-cards for you to download and share. Simply click on the image to open the full-size version in a new tab, then right-click on each picture and save to your computer!

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Happy National Library Week 2016!

Happy National Library Week! Con Lehane wants to tell you all about his love of libraries and how they helped shape his newest book, MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY. Take it away, Con!

My new mystery novel has a librarian as a protagonist, something of an adventure for me because I’ve never been a librarian. Much as I love libraries, and while I’ve spent time in a good many of them, in order to write about a librarian and a library, which I planned to do in MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY, I needed to do more than read about it or look at one; I needed to feel what it’s like to work in a library. I’d been to the New York Public Library’s main branch, the 42nd Street Library hundreds of times, so the iconic structure at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue presented itself as the logical place to house my new protagonist Raymond Ambler. To do so, I made him curator of the library’s (fictional) crime fiction collection.

Next, I wormed my way into an appointment to the Frederick Lewis Allen Memorial Room at the 42nd Street Library. The Allen room at the 42nd Street end of the second floor marble corridor is designated for writers with a book contract who are making use of the general research collections. It requires a key card to enter and has a dozen or so desk spaces that one uses on a first-come first-served basis. It’s place where you can hang your hat, so to speak, and leave your materials (in a little cubby, desks are not reserved) overnight. The fact of the matter is I did have a book contract but my main purpose was not to use the research collection. My aim was to absorb—to be and work at the library until I knew in my bones what my new friend Raymond Ambler knew and felt. To that end, I spent most of the winter of 2012 ensconced on the second floor of the library writing the first draft of MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY. readmoreremove

Monday Fun Day! (4/9/2012 Edition)

Welcome to National Library Week 2012 (#nlw12)! This calls for cupcakes, confetti, and, say, a trip to the library!

- Tomorrow is Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (#ljadultbuzz). It's also my first webinar as a presenter, so I'm nervous and need your support. Sign up now!

- AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton's magical semi-memoir and one of my 2011 Book Club Picks with a Touch of Magic, is a finalist for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel! And yes, it is also a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novel! Are you convinced, yet?!

See all of the 2012 Hugo Award finalists on

- One of our favorite librarian book bloggers, the lovely Lesa Holstine, spent a very full, magical day with our favorite international men of mystery (writing), Brad Parks!

"Brad told us libraries meant a lot to him as a kid. He wasn't the best student, but he always had a library card." 

Read all about Lesa's adventures with Brad on her blog.

Brad and Lesa