Urban Library Innovation Awards Announced

We would like to be among the first to congratulate Urban Library Council’s 2017 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions. The ULC showcases programs that provide lifelong opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources, and address community issues. All your hard work pays off as we celebrate your accomplishments … Read more

Driving Decisions with Data

How can you ensure your library’s goals and initiatives support households in your community? This past July we sat down with Jason Kucsma, deputy director at Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, to provide his thoughts on libraries measuring up. Grab some coffee and listen as Jason discusses … Read more

A New Series on Literature and Film Adaptation

| By Elizabeth Ferguson |

In today’s rush to produce more and more content for the silver screen, there is no shortage of cinematic adaptations of literary works. This concept and process is not new, however—directors and screenwriters have long been retelling beloved classics in feature-film format. Take, for example, Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Dracula. Or François Truffaut’s take on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and James Whale’s version of Frankenstein. Even current works, such as the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, have found immense success in the film world. Books to Film: Cinematic Adaptations of Literary Works, a new annual series offered on Gale’s GVRL eBook platform, explores the vast world of film adaptation. Entries discuss basic plot summaries of featured books and films; examine critical reaction to each adaptation at the time of their respective releases; provide biographical information on authors, directors, and screenwriters; and explore the process by which the book is transformed into a film. Adaptations covered range “from the silent period (1895–1927) through to contemporary cinema, from studios major and minor as well as independents, from Hollywood and around the globe” as Editor in Chief Barry Keith Grant writes in his introduction to Volume 1. Literary works covered include fiction and nonfiction, canonical works and bestsellers, classic and contemporary works, and long and short writing.

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Westerns: From Hollywood to Print

Westerns, the most popular Hollywood genre from the early 20th century to the 1960s, are characterized by the life of a nomadic cowboy armed with a revolver and rifle riding a horse, representing the wild, wild West. They are known to embody the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier, but the genre doesn’t … Read more

What Are Students Reading?

| Originally published by Perma-Bound | Follett, distributor of technologies, services, and digital & print content to the educational market, has created Follett Students’ Choice, a new tool that ranks the top 50 books with the most checkouts in a given month.* Below are the top 30 titles for the 2016-2017 school year: Top 10 … Read more

Fountaindale Public Library Honors Second Graduating Class

| Originally posted on The Herald News | On Aug. 6, Fountaindale Public Library District celebrated its second Career Online High School graduates in a ceremony featuring state Reps John Connor, D-Romeoville, and Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, as well as other community leaders and distinguished guests. These nine graduates are the second class of students to receive their … Read more

Norfolk Public Library Offers Adults a Second Chance

| Originally Posted on 13 News Now | NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — Norfolk Public Library is now offering a free program that will help adults age 20 and over earn a high school diploma for free. Kelly Straub, the spokesperson for the Norfolk Public Library, says currently more than 19,000 Norfolk residents over the age … Read more

Books Bring People Together

| By Lisa Joyce, acquisitions editor, Thorndike Press | “I live with some of the most interesting people, but never know until I read their obituary.” I always remember this comment from a senior patron. As the Outreach Librarian at Portland Public Library (Maine) for nearly 25 years, I spent a great deal of time making deliveries at a senior residence and … Read more

Harry Potter and the…Philosopher’s Stone?

That’s right. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Maybe all you die hard Harry Potter fans knew that, but did you know: The “Philosopher’s Stone” is an object from legends, and dates back to 300 CE. According to lore, it was used in … Read more

Superior Tools at Your Fingertips

As digital demands continue to rise, the emphasis on creating a seamless workflow becomes all the more important. Developing efficiencies in how materials are prepared and distributed, building a collaborative environment with students and peers, and eliminating multiple logins are all essentials to today’s educators. Your institution or library can play a pivotal role in connecting … Read more