Magazine article American Libraries

Librarian's Library: A Celebration of Reading

Magazine article American Libraries

Librarian's Library: A Celebration of Reading

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We should ... encourage reading and the love of the selfimprovement and pleasure that reading can bring." --Michael Gorman, Our Enduring Values Revisited (ALA Editions, 2015)

The Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Nonfiction Reads for Ages 3 to 103, by William Patrick Martin, is basically a crowdsourced booklist. The author gathered 155 authoritative and influential lists of award-winning books and recommended reading lists from a spectrum of organizations, including parenting groups, state commissions on libraries, libraries, library publishers, library reviewing journals, school districts, and museums. The resulting 20,000 titles, categorized by age range, were ranked by frequency of recommendation. And that is the order in which the titles appear in this list. To make the volume useful for readers' advisory, there are categorized listings and a bibliography. This is the companion volume to A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102.

ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD, 2014.368 P. $38. 978-1-4422-3861-9 (ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK.)

In 2012 Maura Kelly wrote "A Slow-Books Manifesto" in The Atlantic, with the subtitle, "Read books. As often as you can. Mostly classics." In The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond, editor Meagan Lacy picks up the theme and offers ways for academic libraries to support it. "Slow books" is reading a book slowly, so as to savor the language, the plot development, and the messages. Classics and works of literature hold up to the scrutiny and engagement-- and on college campuses, they afford students with reasons to think and discuss in ways that assigned coursework reading may not.

Lacy assembles a set of essays on the slow books movement and why it should be supported in an academic library, with examples from book clubs and theme-reading promotion programs on college campuses, and howto inculcate the practice into a lifetime of reading. Includes readers' advisory tools.


In his foreword to Booklist's 1000 Best Young Adult Books Since 2000, Michael Cart outlines the trends and influences that have worked to create the burgeoning YA market. Genres developed that appealed to older youth. Kids hooked on Harry Potter when Harry first went to Hogwarts sought more engaging fiction, "adult" authors began writing for youth, and adults began reading YA literature. …

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