Dispatches from the Land of Books

I had the opportunity this past week to attend Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City! BEA is attended by publisher industry professionals, including publishers, editors, publicists, authors, illustrators, book sellers, and librarians. Over three days I learned about publishing trends, diversity in publishing, the future of library eBooks and of course … what… Continue reading Dispatches from the Land of Books

What to do now that Game of Thrones has ended?

I have to admit that I haven’t finished watching Game of Thrones—I’m almost done with season six—so there won’t be any spoilers here. What I have liked about G.O.T.: strong female characters, intrigue, the creation of a new world, and, of course, dragons. I know that I will feel somewhat bereft when I finally get… Continue reading What to do now that Game of Thrones has ended?

Gimme Space! An Intergalactic Book List for Children

It’s always exciting to see what each year’s summer reading theme will be. Determined by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, it’s always something that can have more than one meaning and works well across generations. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve got so many great books in the Children’s Room to… Continue reading Gimme Space! An Intergalactic Book List for Children

Amidst the Chaos, a review

About five years ago I reviewed Sara Bareilles’ album Blessed Unrest for our blog. She finally has a new album out and I thought it would be fun to see how her music has evolved. To start with, Amidst the Chaos doesn’t pull any punches. Bareilles is upfront about how she has changed and how… Continue reading Amidst the Chaos, a review

Other Big Anniversaries

The Watertown Free Public Library isn’t the only one with a historic anniversary this year! There are lots of historic events to commemorate this year. Some of these anniversaries are for events that are joyous or bittersweet, while others are ones to remember rather than celebrate. Here are a handful of children’s and teen books… Continue reading Other Big Anniversaries

The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019

According to Amazon.com their top selling books of 2019, many of which were published last year or even longer ago, have been Becoming by Michelle Obama, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Educated by Tara Westover; Girl, Stop… Continue reading The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019