November 22, 2013
The 2013 National Book Awards were announced on 11/21. Expect hold queues to grow for the winners:
For fiction: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
Nonfiction: The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
Poetry: Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary Szybist
Young People’s (their term, not ours): The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American literature each year. Conferred by the National Book Foundation, the goal of the award program (and the organization) is to expand the audience of readers and contribute to the cultural landscape of American letters.
posted by Nancy
November 22, 2013
On Thursday, 11/21, the Zinio vendor issued a new software release that improves the customer’s user experience. Here are the changes, from the vendor’s announcement:
ZINIO CHECK OUT PROCESS – with the performance speed, image and experience improvements, there are a several notable enhancements to the library collection checkout process.
1. To checkout, click on the Checkout button or Checkout Now link. A dialog box will appear offering the choice to KEEP BROWSING to check out more magazines, or START READING to be redirected to Zinio.com.
2. To START READING, a second tab for the Zinio.com reading collection opens (the user will be prompted to log in if not logged in and display the image on the Zinio.com log in page.) The patron will no longer see the dollar value in their payment history account profile screen. The magazine will immediately appear in the user Your Reading List pages.
3. Users may toggle back to the Magazine Detail Page tab to check out a 2nd magazine.
4. When a 2nd (and any subsequent magazine) is checked out during the same browser session, an ADDITIONAL browser tab for Zinio.com will open each time the user chooses to Start Reading.
5. As a new feature, when a user goes back to the Magazine Detail Page tab and attempts to check out the SAME magazine issue again a message appears letting them know that they already checked out that issue. At this point, the user may choose, again, to Keep Browsing or Start Reading.
These checkout improvements/enhancements provide a better experience for the patron to visually show them the result of their check out action.
posted by Nancy
November 8, 2013
|David and Goliath: underdogs…||Gladwell, Malcolm||155.24 GLADWEL|
|Goldfinch||Tartt, Donna||FIC TARTT|
|Practice to deceive||Rule, Ann||364.1523 RULE|
|Reason I jump||Higashida, Naoki||616.8588 HIGASHI|
|Signature of all things||Gilbert, Elizabeth||FIC GILBERT|
|Sycamore Row||Grisham, John||FIC GRISHAM|
|Valley of amazement||Tan, Amy||FIC TAN|
|Allegiant||Roth, Veronica||TEEN ROTH|
|Confessions: the private school murders||Patterson||TEEN PATTERS|
|Death cure, The||Dashner, James||TEEN DASHNER|
|Horde||Aguirre, Ann||in processing|
|Royal Ranger||Flanagan, John||in processing|
|Activist, The||Grisham, John||J GRISHAM|
|Get into gear, Stilton!||Stilton, Geronimo||J STILTON|
|Last straw||Kinney, Jeff||J KINNEY|
|Thunder rising||Hunter, Erin||on order (11/5/13)|
|Wild born||Mull, Brandon||J MULL|
October 15, 2013
The Man Booker Prize was announced this afternoon. I can’t resist sharing the announcement because it is such a perfect example of why this prize is limited to Commonwealth authors:
And the winner is…
15 October 2013
January 28, 2013
The American Library Association has just announced the winners of the Randolph Caldecott, John Newbery, and Michael L. Printz awards for excellence in children’s illustration, children’s literature, and youth literature respectively. Here is a link to the PR Newsire story for more information and other award announcements.
Klassen, J. This is Not My Hat.
Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan.
Lake, Nick. In Darkness.
December 13, 2012
We have added two new books on cursive writing to the collection and they are headed to community libraries soon. The titles are Cursive writing practice: inspiring quotes by Jane Lierman and Cursive writing practice: jokes & riddles by Violet Findley They appear to be activity books (lots of blank spaces for practice), but are meant for teachers (and homeschoolers) to make copies of the practice sheets. They are marked as reproducible, meaning that they are intended for copying.
The new books are replacing Cursive writing made easy & fun : 101 quick, creative activities & reproducibles that help kids of all learning styles master cursive writing, by Kama Einhorn. The Einhorn book is out of print and could not be replaced; the title had many holds and had circulated many times before being purged for condition.
Cursive writing is a hot topic now because many schools are no longer teaching it. Lorraine and I have searched for books on this subject in an attempt to meet demand; the titles purchase are the most useful we can find.
Posted by Becky
October 11, 2012
The Swedish Academy announced this morning that it has awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan. In announcing the award, the Academy noted that Mo’s work uses “hallucinatory realism” to merge “folk tales, history, and the contemporary.” Mo is not well-known in the west, probably most familiar as the author whose novel Red Sorghum was adapted to film. We own a few translations of Mo’s works; a quick search of one of our vendor’s websites this morning showed few titles available to purchase. I expect this to change soon.
August 13, 2012
Here we go again. Publisher Thomas Nelson, owned now by HarperCollins, has recalled all copies of The Jefferson Lies : Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson by David Barton, for inaccuracies and “misinterpretations.” Here is the story from PW.
All copies have been made unholdable and non-floating. When they land at your branch, please send to Service Center and put in Review status. Again emails will be going out to customers who were on the holds queue. Fortunately, this time there were only five copies and 9 holds on one print edition. Again the PAC will show no available copies.
Thank you for your help!
Posted by Darren
May 8, 2012
The May 1 issue of Library Journal includes their annual review of the ten best magazines of the previous year. Although there are some interesting titles, to me the best feature is the overview of the magazine publishing industry. This information is timely: we’re starting to work on the system’s magazine renewal for 2013 and considering the purchase of Zinio for the coming year.
I’ll head off the SINCs now: appealing as the title is, we won’t be adding Toad Suck Review to the collection.
posted by Nancy
April 13, 2012
J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, has been announced with publication date set for September 27. We will place an order in June, three months prior to publication. We purchase only three months in advance of publication for three reasons: it helps us better manage our hold queue length prior to receipt of material (and thus fill holds faster); it helps us better manage our materials budget; and it helps ensure that the book will actually be published (yes, popular authors’ works sometimes do get delayed). In the meantime (until June), we will be returning RINCs to customers with the reason that their request is made too far in advance of publication.
Here’s the publisher’s annotation:
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”
posted by Nancy