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Maya Angelou

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

There was a lot going on in 1969. As a result, there are quite a few 50-year anniversaries being observed this year. Right around the time that men first walked on the moon and hippies were flailing around in the mud at Woodstock, one of the most important books of all time was also being published: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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Does Your Library Carry Las Novelas Gráficas?

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Over the last decade, graphic novels have gained in popularity and are now widely considered an essential component of almost any library's collection. Beyond graphic novels in general gaining recognition, librarians have been clamoring for expanded Spanish graphic novel collections.

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LGBT Pride Month

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Balloons! Streamers! Boisterous music! Bright rainbow colors! Costumes, dancing, hands and hips waving, face paint, and glitter galore, plus more skin than one usually sees on the street.

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Kekla Magoon

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Did you know a real-life Styx growing up? Who most inspired you when you were Caleb and Bobby Gene’s age?

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OCLC's Top 100 Novels

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Librarians love lists, and here is a fun one, with titles for all ages. OCLC has identified The Library 100 Top Novels of All Time. According to OCLC, literary greatness can be measured by how many libraries own a copy of a novel.

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A National Crisis

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As most librarians know, what appears in headlines will probably show up in libraries. Unfortunately, today we’re not talking about Publishers Weekly headlines. We’re talking about the opioid crisis.

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These Aren't Your Average Board Games

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Summertime is nearly upon us. Soon, some of us will be riding our bikes, or perhaps cheering our family on as little ones engage in some fun summer sports. Beyond offering summer reading programs, how can librarians help to combat the infamous summer slide and keep patrons (especially children) coming in during the summer months?

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Large Print Books

Posted on April 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As educators and librarians struggle to combat the dire reality of illiteracy and its impact on low graduation rates, meager job prospects, low income, and even crime, many remedies have been tried, with little success. Thankfully, one rather old-fashioned tool is gaining traction and showing promising results: using large print books with young, striving readers.

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Apollo 11

Posted on April 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Let’s look back over our proverbial shoulder to the spring of 1961. Here in the United States, there was an atmosphere of defeat. We were losing the space race with the Soviet Union, which on April 12 had just launched the first person ever into space, Yuri Gagarin.

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Spanish Language Collection Development

Posted on March 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

The demand for Spanish materials in public libraries has increased dramatically over the past few years, and librarians have accepted the challenge to find the right titles for their library’s demographic.

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Guns: As American as Apple Pie

Posted on March 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Guns are cool. Guns are bad. Guns protect us. Bad guys use guns. A gun is simply a device that can be used properly or improperly, just like cars or painkillers.

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Happy Earth Day

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

What were you doing on the inaugural Earth Day, April 22, 1970? Maybe you were in diapers. Maybe you weren't here yet. Or, perhaps, like myself and Benjamin Braddock, you were a college student who was worried about his future.

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A Universe of Stories

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As I'm writing this, the polar vortex is plunging deep into the nation, and it's hard to imagine that it’s time to get ready for summer reading!

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Read Across America

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

With so many ways to celebrate Read Across America 2019, where do you start? Our librarians offer up programming suggestions while sharing the unique library programs that worked for them.

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Authors We Said Goodbye to in 2018

Posted on January 07, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

2018 is now officially “in the books,” as the saying goes. At the beginning of the New Year, we take a moment to remember those who have recently completed their journeys here on Earth.

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The Librarian Did It!

Posted on December 19, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

We hear a lot these days about diversity and marginalized people’s need to see themselves represented in books. Librarians, however, don’t generally have that problem—there are LOTS of books about libraries and librarians.

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2018: A Year In Review

Posted on December 19, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

As you enjoy the holiday season, helping patrons and settling down with a good book yourself, let’s take a look back at some of the tips, trends, and opinions we shared with you this year! We’ll close with a glimpse of four major conferences we attended, too.

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Trends in Mystery

Posted on November 21, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

How does one identify current and forthcoming trends? First and foremost, as a selector, I am constantly reviewing and monitoring new titles. I can often spot some emerging trends simply by looking for patterns in the books I see. For a deeper dive, my "go to" sources include writers, publishers, booksellers, book reviewers, and librarians. I targeted some of those folks in researching this topic.

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Clean Eating

Posted on November 21, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." --Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1826

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Trends in Readers' Advisory Services

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

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Pet Lit

Posted on October 17, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

I was browsing through a bookstore recently and found myself suddenly attracted to a display of pet books, all of which had colorful, appealing covers that immediately evoked an emotional response. The cuteness lured me in – I was powerless to resist.

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Frankenstein

Posted on October 17, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

The English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley began to pen her classic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus in 1816, when she was 18 years old and in the midst of an extended trip throughout Western Europe.

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When Books Spawn TV Series

Posted on September 19, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

Some call it Peak TV. In 2017, there were nearly 500 original series available on TV and through streaming services, and the number is expected to grow. Studies have shown that it’s easier to adapt a completed work than to develop a new story from scratch—in other words, take a book and turn it into a TV series!

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Tiny Houses

Posted on September 19, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

In the movie Field of Dreams, the disembodied voice of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson famously proclaimed, “If you build it, he will come.” We Americans have adopted a less inspirational but equally emphatic motto: if we build a big house, we will fill it—with our stuff! (nod to George Carlin).

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Know Your Sources: Breaking Down Journal Reviews

Posted on August 22, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

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Libraries and Diversity

Posted on August 22, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

What is diversity and what does it mean? It has become a buzzword, to say the least. The word diversity encompasses many implications, including gender identity, sexual orientation, people of color, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, people of differing religions, and people who don’t “look like us” or “think like us.”

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John F. Kennedy

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Posts in 2018 by Brodart

President John F. Kennedy was both a highly popular and polarizing figure. More than a half-century after his passing, he still looms large in people’s minds. In particular, Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 is one of those seminal points in U.S. history.

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