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The Important Thing about Library Orientation

The Important Thing about Library Orientation

Is there any time more ripe with possibility and expectation than the beginning of a new school year? I’m brimming with ideas and excited to see students coming back. I must admit, however, that I’m less excited about library orientation: the same lesson over and over again, the listing of rules and expectations. If I […]

Romance Unbound: Romantic Novels in Other Genres

Romance Unbound: Romantic Novels in Other Genres

Some great love stories may not be classified as romances, even though they richly convey the same appeal. What’s more, many romantic novels in other genres are series, so readers are privy not only to the courtship and wedding, but also to the pleasures of living out the happily ever. These titles will get you started—and […]

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Lynn: Picture books are often a goldmine of freshly imaginative creative work, but alphabet books are especially fascinating to me. The alphabet is, after all, a very specific topic! How many ways can an ordered listing of letters be presented, anyway? I am always surprised and delighted at the different ways writers and illustrators play with this old standard. […]

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

We can’t explain why men who work with their hands and know their way around a toolbox are so sexy, but there’s no denying that they are. This list contains more than 20 hunky men—and a couple of talented women—who know what to do with a hammer. Gimme Some Sugar, by Kimberly Kincaid Being one half of a celebrity […]

Middle-Aged Guys Who Suck at Reading

Middle-Aged Guys Who Suck at Reading

MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang and comic book- and visual artist Thien Pham collaborated on the 2011 graphic novel, Level Up. More recently, they teamed up to produce the Middle-Aged Asian Guy Book Club video podcast, sponsored by Reading Rockets, in order to share their newfound love of YA romance novels. (Aww.) First up: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. During […]

Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

This month, the LIT book club finished out the last of our genre summer reading with Isabel Quintero’s wonderful Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, a young adult novel recommended by librarian Lizzy Klinnert. In this Lincoln Award-winner (given for excellent YA literature), seventeen-year-old Gabi is dealing with some heavy issues. One friend is pregnant, and another is gay […]