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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:



Happy National Relaxation Day!

Perhaps it’s just another day at the office (or library) for you, or maybe you are enjoying a day of summer vacation before school starts again! Either way, find some time to relax today to celebrate National Relaxation Day!

We had some ideas at CMLE HQ to share:

And because we don’t want you to miss any other exciting holidays:

Sunday, August 13th was a special day for two good reasons: National Left Hander’s Day AND National Prosecco Day!
As a left handed person, I enjoyed learning these little known facts about handedness. And this article had some fun (and delicious) suggestions for celebrating Prosecco Day, which could easily be used as one of your relaxing activities today! 🙂

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!



Some fun facts about children’s books

It’s easy to learn new things at the library because ideas and books and knowledgeable librarians are all available! The people at Mental Floss wrote this article after learning some new fun facts about children’s books at their library.

Some of these fun facts include:

“Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in parts of China. “Bears, lions and other beasts cannot use a human language,” said General Ho Chien in 1931. “To attribute to them such a power is an insult to the human race.”



The Very Hungry Caterpillar was almost called A Week With Willi Worm.”



“Before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying a rough manuscript for Curious George.”




Learn more from the article here!