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Let’s read! Join a CMLE 2018 Goodreads book challenge!

check out this reader! he’s on top of his TBR pile of books! great work Carson!!

We love to read books!

You love to read books!

Let’s all read books this year!!

Building on people’s interest in the books we suggest in our Books And Beverages podcast, we have started two book challenges for everyone in 2018.

Here are a few FAQs you might ask:

Are these high-pressure, high-volume challenges?? NO!

  • One challenge will read 25 books (50 if you get ambitious); the other reads 30. If you don’t get them all? *shrug* Read what you enjoy!

Will everyone point and laugh at me if I read books about vampires or YA books instead of The Important Classics?? NO!

  • Actually – we’ll look forward to your recommendations! We like fun books here, and that can include anything that sounds fun to you, including important classics AND vampires.

I never know what to read next. Can I get some recommendations? YES!

  • We want this to be easy, so one book challenge actually follows our book group podcast topics; you can listen to the suggestions everyone gives, then read a fun book for yourself.

I’m pumped up and ready to read!! Where do I find these so-fun book challenges?

  • CMLE Reading Challenge: Read through our 25 reading prompts for an interesting year in discovery of ideas; read two of each for 50 chances to try more new things and to hear what people have to say in different ways.
  • CMLE Book Group Podcast Reading Challenge: We have a book group podcast, Books And Beverages, and each week we talk about a different genre. For this challenge, you can read a book from each of the first 30 genres we are discussing. If you need book suggestions, you can listen to the handy podcast episode for all kinds of ideas! Join our book group podcast here.


Free art books available to your library!

Beadwork Wire Art and Crafts (27)

This might be a good opportunity for your collection! Art resources tend to be expensive and not well collected; adding some books to your collection can help you to meet the needs of your community members. If you want some help with this application, or creating a collection development policy, just let us know. We are here for you!

“The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access to the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. To date, the D.U.C. has placed over 436,395 free books in 7,817 public institutions across the country. Visit our distribution map.

“If you are a public school or library and define your community as underserved, you are eligible to receive free D.U.C. books. We invite participating libraries to order books from our catalog once annually. Your library may order as many books as you like at one copy per title.

Please browse our catalog and select materials according to the interests and needs of your community. Our catalog is organized by artist, publisher, and theme: we hope these guides will facilitate your search. We also encourage you to use the educational guides available in our journal to assist in incorporating books into classroom curricula and library programming. To place your order, please follow the link at the bottom right of the catalog. You will be prompted to log in or create an account, and follow the links to submit your order. You may expect to receive books within 4-8 weeks of your order.”

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100 Books Across America

Maybe you took a road trip around the country this summer, or wish you had! Either way, this book list will help you get a feel for each state. The list contains one fiction and one non-fiction book set in (or about) each state in the U.S. and also includes the most famous book set in each state. This is from an article on LitHub and you can read the full list here! Here are a few samples:


North Dakota:



We hope you are enjoying National Book Lover’s Day!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/253538653992984835/August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day, and as library people, it is no secret at all that we love books!! (And encourage our families to love books too, as you can see from this picture below!)

Just in case you need a little extra encouragement to celebrate this excellent day, here’s a great article from the Literacy and NCTE blog with suggestions on how to share your love of books. Check out this list of Twenty Sayings to Share with Bibliophiles. Or, just grab a selection from your TBR pile and get reading! 🙂


Enjoy the connections of bookstagram!

Since you are reading this, you are probably a library person, and you probably like books! But not everyone around us may understand our enjoyment of books and reading. Sometimes we just want to stay home and curl up with a stack of library books! Thankfully, there are some awesome online communities that you can connect with through social media that will appreciate and encourage your bookish ways.

This article from Book Riot details all the different ways you can connect to fellow bookish friends online, including book blogs, book Twitter, Goodreads, Bookstagram, and more!

You can check out these links to see which accounts you may be interested in following:

  • Best libraries to follow on Instagram
  • Cool librarians to follow on Twitter
  • Bookish accounts (including Cat Book Club) to follow on Instagram
  • Fun accounts for book lovers to follow on Twitter
  • And don’t forget to include hashtags in your posts, so you can interact with fellow book loving people! Good ones to use include: #books, #bookstagram, #bookblogger, #amreading, #yalit, #bookshelfie

Did you see your favorite book-related account mentioned? If not, leave us a comment so we can check it out!