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Join in the American Library Association’s Library Card Contest! Here’s the basics, and go to their site for full details!

“September is Library Card Sign-up Month and we want to know how you use your library card to learn, explore, or even just to relax.  Or maybe your library card just makes you want to shout, “Excelsior,” like our Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month and legendary comic book creator, Stan Lee.

Share why you value your library card using our Library Card Sign-up Month word balloons or create your own. Creativity is encouraged!   Share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or add to our “My Library Card…” Flickr Group between September 2-23, 2014. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a comic book prize package.”

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The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles.