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January books for our online book groups!

Happy 2018! We hope you were able to enjoy time with friends and family over the holiday season, and are ready to jump back into the exciting library world! We have new books in our Goodreads online book groups that we hope will inspire and support you in your work at your library. Is there a professional development or library-related fiction book that you’d like to read this year? Please comment with your suggestions!

For our group CMLE Librarian Professionals, we will be inspired to create positive change in the workplace and the world  when we  read Ellen Pao’s Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.

“Ellen K. Pao’s Reset is a rallying cry–the story of a whistleblower who aims to empower everyone struggling to be heard, in Silicon Valley and beyond. In her book, Pao shines a light on troubling issues that plague today’s workplace and lays out practical, inspiring, and achievable goals for a better future.”


For our group CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books we will be exploring the mysterious fantasy of The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.”

We hope you find these books useful and enjoyable as you begin 2018! Thanks for reading with us!


CMLE Librarian Professionals and Librarians Enjoying Books: Read with us in December!

Even though life gets busy this time of year with holidays and end of semester or end of year tasks, it’s definitely OK to make time to pick up a new book. We hope our choices for December will encourage you to finish up 2017 feeling creative and cheerful!

For our group CMLE Librarian Professionals, we will be reading Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley.

“Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.”  But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every  one of us is creative.”


For our group CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books, we are choosing a picture book for this month! We are excited to read Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raúl Colón.

“A young Texan finds refuge in his new Iowa town’s library, where the librarian offers him cool comfort from hot summer days and whirlwind adventures through reading.”

Join CMLE’s online book groups in November!

We’ve got some great book picks for you this month in our groups on Goodreads, and hope you read along with us!

For our group CMLE Librarian Professionals, we will be reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy.

“Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.”


For our group CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books, we will be investigation the creepy myth of Vlad to Impaler by reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

 “What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed—and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe.”

Join us in learning and enjoying books! 🙂

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?”