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Do you want to read some great books? Let’s do this!

Come on  – that headline was a complete gimme. Of course you want to read more great books! You also need some suggestions for some fun books that you can recommend to your patrons. We are here for you!!

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.

BUT, WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE FOR US????

We are so glad you asked!

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!

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! 🙂