Thursday, June 18, 2015

Something for Book Clubs!

Take the survey 

Just saw this from the folks at Penguin Random House and Reading Group Guides ...

"Reading Group Guides Want to Hear from Your Patrons!

Have your patrons fill out the Reading Group Guides survey about their book groups to be entered for a chance to WIN a gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice! The Survey is open until Wednesday, July 15th."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

July LibraryReads Titles!

The Top Ten LibraryReads list for July was announced today and the winners are:

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (also the current Penguin First Flights Debut Author selection) 

"This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale."
Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (author of The Paris Wife)

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery (A new 'Fool's Gold' romance!)

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis ("... the sparks fly in this solid, light romance from the always-reliable Shalvis." - PW Reviews)

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan is back; also have CD spoken On Order)

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (also have Large Print edition On Order)

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ("Entertaining and unpredictable" - Kirkus Reviews; a "love story that asks tough questions..." - LJ Reviews)

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans ("A charming, slanted counterpoint to Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See." - LJ Reviews) 

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins (Author is known for her YA fiction, this is a new psychological thriller for adults)

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown (Bet you thought LibraryReads didn't cover Nonfiction - NO, way!; reserves are up, so more copies On Order RUSH)
The July list with all annotations can be found at: LibraryReads

Hey, SCCCLD staff, want to nominate an August ARC you just got from the recent 'ARCs Around the Library' email? Voting for August LibraryReads titles is open until June 20. 

For information on how to nominate a title​, go to their 'For Library Staff' page.​

Monday, May 11, 2015

Titles to Watch For - Week of May 10-16, 2015

Customer's may have seen media and publisher promotions for: The Green Road by Anne Enright, Tom Brokaw's A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope, and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Although there are plenty of new Adult Fiction series titles from popular authors coming out this week too:

And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Mystery by Walter Mosley - an new Leonid McGill novel, fifth in the series after All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson - Walt Longmire just wants to solve the murder of a local land-owner, a mystery complicated 
by the discovery of the fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex

Enemy Inside by Steve Martini - an electrifying new suspense title in the author's popular Paul Mandrini legal thriller series

Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray - 2nd title in 'The Amish Brides of Pinecraft' series; follows The Promise of Palm Grove

Solitude Creek by Jeffrey Deaver - lots of plot twists from the author in this 4th outing in his Kathryn Dance mystery series

Sound of Glass by Karen White - for fans of Southern Women's fiction; from the author of 2014's A Long Time Gone 

And here are a few new Adult Nonfiction titles customers might find appealing:

The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA vs. al Qa’ida by Michael Morell with Bill Harlow - from the recently retired CIA deputy director that some call "the most important spook you have never heard of." (60 Minutes)

Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado by Holly Bailey - a journalist revisits May 20, 2013, the day a monstrous tornado devastated her hometown of Moore, Oklahoma

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays - a detective story about finding Shakespeare's First folio and the world of extreme book collecting during the Gilded Age; suggest this one to book lovers

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal - insight and advice on leadership and organizational effectiveness; from the author of 2013's My Share of the Task

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Links from the Staff - Week of May 3 - 9, 2015

A fun article and the newest LibraryReads Top Ten list were posted by SCCCLD staff this week, in case you missed them ... And just for checking out the blog, I have a bonus link not posted for the staff! :-)
  • And I'll offer one more fun link for fans of the new blockbuster Marvel film, Avengers Age of Ultron. I came across the following via a friend's Facebook page and thought others might find it amusing: 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Titles to Watch for this Week: May 3 - 9, 2915

Some titles getting big media push are: 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson and Brent K. Ashabranner and The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Other Adult Fiction customers may ask about: 

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry - gritty, historical fiction debut, told from multiple perspectives which superbly portrays life in the underbelly of 1895 New York

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris - an atmospheric Urban fantasy with a large cast of characters; second book in the Midnight, Texas series, follows 2014's Midnight Crossroad

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy - a witty debut with sassy characters and a bawdy tone, perfect as a beach read; a Manhattan lawyer, getting married in a week, needs to decide if she can be faithful to one man 

Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman - the popular Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mystery series continues; his daughter, Tony Hillerman's daughter picked up the series with her 2013 New York Times bestseller Spider Woman's Daughter

Adult Nonfiction releases for this week include comedy, WWII propaganda, and a new title from the authors of Freakonomics

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers - the daughter of the iconic comedienne shares insights into life with her Mom outside the spotlight and their complicated personal relationship

Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich - a comprehensive, new biography of Hitler's Minister of Propaganda; for those with interest in World War II, the Holocaust, Germany, and the history of marketing and propaganda

When to Rob a Bank: And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intended Rants by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - more offbeat economic insights in this compilation of the last 10-years of blog posts from

And YA title tied an Author Visit and a Children's book which may interest young readers:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen - witty, emotionally intense realistic fiction from the author of The Moon and More (2013) and What Happened to Goodbye (2011); watch the reserves on this one build as customers ...

The Great Good Summer by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon - 12-year old, church-going Ivy and her classmate, science-loving Paul team up for a surprising summer adventure; a coming of age story with a dose of humor and a hint of religion

What new titles will you be looking to hit the shelves this first week of May?

Friday, May 1, 2015

RA Tips from Staff: Create Displays Using Monthly Themes

Displays are a great way to promote the collection, especially the back list. 

Do you create displays for your library? Always on the look-out for new ideas or themes to use with a display? An easy way to find ideas for display themes is to check for holidays or events being celebrated each month.

Try picking a theme tied to the current month and create a display. Pull some older titles from your shelves along with a few new titles and be sure to include multiple formats (Audiobooks, Music, DVDs/Blu-rays, even highlight titles available in eMedia) and reading levels (Adult, YA/Teen, Children's) so there is something for everyone.

There are plenty of themes to work with in May. Saturday, May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day and staff may be hearing the catch phrase "May the 4th be with you!" from eager movie fans on Monday, May 4th: Star Wars Day.

You probably know about Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) but did you know that at Booklist Online 'May is Mystery Month'? Why not create a display with all kinds of mysteries?

Were you aware that May 7th will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Lusitania? You could include titles on ships, naval disasters or expand it with a World War I theme. 

Did you know that International Nurses Day is May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale? May 10th is of course, Mother's Day but did you know that May 15th is the International Day of Families

The month of May is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Military Appreciation Month as well as the month in which Memorial Day is celebrated, on May 25th in 2015. 

Any of these would be a great theme to use for a display and there are plenty of others you could tap into throughout the year! 

Does your library own a copy of Chase's Calendar of Events but you don't always have access to it? Could you use some online tools which may help by providing similar types of information? Here are a few I've found which may be useful:

Consider famous daily, a website that tells you "what makes today special." You can enter a month and day to see what makes that specific date special or you could subscribe and have an email delivered to you each morning with birthdays, historical events, holidays, and a famous quote for the day.

Or you could check out,founded in 2000 which has over 200,000 entries with extensive 'Today in History' archives. The Search box allows users to hunt by person, event, place, or date. The site provides searching by Famous Birthdays, Weddings, Famous Deaths, Famous People, as well as by date, day, country, or year.

Another site is's This Day in History which reflects the current date although a calendar can be accessed for the present month as well as past and future months. The site provides links to videos related to the topics specific to the date and also provides an RRS link as means to subscribe via email for a daily post.

Or take a look at National Awareness Days, a British website created as a directory of awareness days. The site is arranged by month and includes International, American, British and European awareness days. You can subscribe and receive monthly AWARENESS DAYS ALERT emails or follow their blog to be notified about specific upcoming events. 

What date related tools or websites do you use to find ideas for creating displays? Share them through the Comments link.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Calling all Mystery Readers!

The 2015 Edgar Awards were presented on Wednesday, April 29th by the Mystery Writers of America during their 69th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. 

This year's winners are:

BEST NOVEL: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

BEST FIRST NOVEL: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL: The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

BEST FACT CRIME: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL: Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J. W. Ocker

BEST SHORT STORY: "What Do You Do" - Rogues by Gillian Flynn

BEST JUVENILE: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

YOUNG ADULT: The Art of Secrets by James Klise

MARY HIGGINS CLARK: The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

A full list of the 2015 nominees and winners can be found at

Monday, April 27, 2015

Titles to Watch for This Week: April 26 - May 2, 2015

Adult Fiction titles coming out this week include historical fiction and new titles in popular series:

Gathering Prey by John Sandford - another fast-paced, gritty Lucas Davenport thriller; 25th in the author's long-running Prey series

The Last  Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl - atmospheric, historical fiction about literary pirates in the 19th Century, from the author of The Technologists (2012) 

Madam President by Nicolle Wallace - Wallace's newest novel about various women serving in the White House including the 45th President of the United States; follows Eighteen Acres (2010) and It's Classified (2011).

Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen - dramatic suspense with CIA operative Catherine Ling trying to find out who is killing off those closest to her; follows 2014's Live to See Tomorrow

Customers may be interested in these Adult Nonfiction releases:

On the Move by Oliver W. Sacks - an engaging memoir from the adventurous physician who brought you The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985)

Romantic Outlaws: the Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon - a dual biography of two amazing women with intertwined lives who never knew each other

Fantasy and romance feature in these new teen titles coming out:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - an action-packed, suspenseful fantasy debut with detailed world-building and a budding love triangle; some realistic depictions of violence and abuse may not be for every reader 

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough - a lyrical, interracial love story set in 1930's Seattle told from multiple points of view; for romance fan who like to root for ill-fated lovers

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley - lush writing and world-building about a young girl discovering her true self in a strange world; for fans of Neil Gaiman and Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone