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New month, new books! Read with us in October!

It’s always exciting to pick up a new book to read and we are always happy to provide you with suggestions! Our online book groups are a great place to find ideas. Join us this month in our CMLE Librarian Professionals and CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books groups on Goodreads and let’s read together!

For our Librarian Professionals group we will be reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

“Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.”

For our Librarians Enjoying Books group, we will be reading The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom.

“Israel Armstrong is a passionate soul, lured to Ireland by the promise of an exciting new career. Alas, the job that awaits him is not quite what he has in mind. Still, Israel is not one to dwell on disappointment, as he prepares to drive a mobile library around a small, damp Irish town. After all, the scenery is lovely, the people are charming–but where are the books? The rolling library’s 15,000 volumes have mysteriously gone missing, and it’s up to Israel to discover who would steal them…and why.”

Happy reading! 🙂

Join us in our online book groups this September!

Welcome to September! We are excited to start reading two new books this month in our online book groups. Join us on Goodreads in our two groups: CMLE Librarian Professionals and CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books. We want you to read with us!

For our Librarian Professionals group, we will be reading Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf.

“Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE Leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference.

In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.”

For our Librarians Enjoying Books group, we will be reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler.

“A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother’s name. What is the book’s connection to his family?”




August Goodreads!

Hello, fellow book lovers! It’s the beginning of a new month again, so we’re excited to announce our picks for the month of August in our CMLE book groups!

For our Librarian Professionals group, we will be learning about motivation by reading Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink.

“The secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”



For our second group, Librarians Enjoying Books, we will be reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

“A love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children.”

Day Forty Four of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Logo for Book Club Central website by the American Library Association

Would you like to read more, or at least to hear about some more good books? Probably everyone who works in libraries would say yes!

CMLE has an online book group, where we suggest a book with some professional skills useful for library people, and one where we feature a fun read with a library person. You can subscribe to either, along with our podcast and social media, right here!

And the American Library Association also wants to help you to find interesting books, for yourself or to recommend to your patrons. “Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. Ms. Parker will offer her own book selections as part of SJP Picks.”


New CMLE book group picks for July!

We can’t believe it’s already July! We hope you have been enjoying your summer and staying cool! We’re excited to share with you our picks for our CMLE Goodreads book groups for the month of July:

For our professional development book group, CMLE Librarian Professionals, we will be reading Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes.
“Managing ambiguity—in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives—is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don’t know where to begin.”


For our fiction book group, CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books, we are going to read People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
“In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. ”


Looking forward to reading together! 🙂