January 2022 LibraryReads, Indie Next Picks, and Bestsellers

| By Thorndike Press Staff | Every month, LibraryReads shares the top 10 books that librarians across the country love. The monthly Indie Next list compiles recommendations from knowledgeable U.S. independent booksellers. Many New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers and bestselling authors are also releasing in large print this month. Thorndike Press is happy to share that the following titles … Read more

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law: Covering the Gamut of Law Subjects

| By Matt Cordon | Those who contributed to the fourth edition of the Gale Encyclopedia of American Law (GEAL) are celebrating its upcoming release. Creating GEAL was unforgettable, given that we were actively writing or revising the entries when the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. The pandemic caused us to delay the completion of our work by … Read more

February 2022 LibraryReads, Indie Next Picks, and Bestsellers

Every month, LibraryReads shares the top 10 books that librarians across the country love. The monthly Indie Next list compiles recommendations from knowledgeable U.S. independent booksellers. Many New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers and bestselling authors are also releasing in large print this month. Thorndike Press is happy to share that the following titles are available in large print—an equitable … Read more

Researching the Omicron Variant

| By K. Lee Lerner | Viruses are constantly undergoing mutation. Genetic mutations, most commonly a set of multiple mutations, produce different viral strains or variants. As we begin 2022, nearing the start of the third year of a global pandemic, the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease, is spreading rapidly … Read more

Gale Strengthens DEI in Business Products

| By Gale Staff | “Access to diverse collections encourages self-determination and growth for unique individuals who are seen, valued, and reflected in their surroundings.”1 Stark County District Library (Canton, Ohio) Libraries around the world are strengthening coverage of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their collections. Gale is too—we’ve been doing it for a … Read more

Betty White, America’s Golden Girl

| By Carol Brennan | Comedian Betty White enjoyed one of the longest careers in American television. A popular variety-show host in the 1950s and formidable regular on game shows in the decade that followed, White was also revered for the impeccable comic timing she showed on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the mid-1970s. … Read more

Why Study Native American Literature?

| By Sarah Robertson | Native American literature reflects the culture, history, and contemporary issues of the people who are Indigenous to what is now the United States. A study of the genre serves to debunk stereotypes and the concept of Native Americans as a monolithic group rather than a diverse group of peoples. Incorporating … Read more

U.S. Capitol Riot One-Year Later: How Primary Sources Help Students Understand Extremism

| By Megan Graewingholt, Social Sciences & Government Documents Librarian at California State University, Fullerton – Pollak Library | The one-year mark of the attack on the U.S. Capitol is a milestone that’s an important reminder of the critical role primary sources play in helping us understand historical events. As Social Sciences and Government Documents … Read more

The Life and Work of bell hooks

| By Carol Brennan | The loss of Black feminist writer bell hooks on December 15, 2021, elicited effusive tributes to her incandescent prose and unapologetically radical vision of a better world. The author of more than 30 books, hooks—who preferred the lowercase spelling of her pen name—is best known for her treatise Ain’t I … Read more

Five Acclaimed Titles for the New Year

While January can find folks counting calories, there’s no need to curb readers’ appetites for big servings of tempting titles. Our January large print picks are five delicious tales that explore maternal ties, intriguing lives, and “what if” scenarios. From a “love letter to mothers and grandmothers” (Fight Night) to an “homage to horror and … Read more