June 25, 2019
Reading immigrant experiences
Seeking out books written by immigrant authors is one way that people curious about immigrant experiences can gain a deeper understanding while glimpsing the life stories behind an issue that is often presented to us as a political problem. With the number of great books recently published by immigrant authors, representing a diverse spectrum of cultures and nations, readers have a great deal of choice.
September 6, 2018
Māori Language Week
Kia ora, speakers and especially readers of Māori. New Zealanders will celebrate 10-16 September as Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te Reo Māori), part of a decades-long reversal of linguistic suppression worth learning more about.
August 28, 2018
Australian Crime Fiction
Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk series continues to rack up awards and long hold lines at the library. Fortunately for all of us on the waiting list, Australian crime fiction has a lot to offer.
August 2, 2018
Lust in the dust: Rural romances set in Australia
Following the immense success of Rachael Treasure’s Jillaroo in 2005, rural romance emerged as a beloved genre of Australian readers. These books celebrate rural life, farming, and close knit communities as well as the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. They are rich in atmosphere and feature strong, independent female heroines making their own way in the bush.
June 27, 2018
Helping libraries act as change agents
Recently, young people across the United States have made headlines with a mix of passion, integrity, and openness about issues ranging from gun violence to the environment to immigration. Their engagement with policies that directly affect their lives has captured and held the world’s attention. Many people have a renewed sense of hope in the next generation, which has led to this refreshing development: young people with informed opinions on the state of society, and grown-ups ready to listen.
May 17, 2018
“I’m looking for a mystery.”
It's a simple request, but I confess -- I was surprised the first time I heard it from a teen reader. In the rapidly expanding and increasingly genre-blended world of YA lit, something as clear-cut as mystery seemed like a throwback to me.