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Collection Affection: Presidential Resources

By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development
Here we are in a new year with new titles for youth about our presidents and first ladies. This article is a mix of #CollectionAffection and Weed & Feed! There are some brand new titles on here, but there are also a lot of revisions to existing works. To make sure that you have the most up-to-date materials in your collection, we’ve linked to both the new and superseded editions when appropriate. 


Library Spotlight: Santa Maria Public Library

The Librarian spotlight for December features Dawn Jackson of Santa Maria Public Library. She is an 18 year library veteran who finds community outreach efforts an important part of her role as a librarian. Continue reading to see what makes this library program so unique and successful. 


Dream a World Anew: The Excerpt

A stunning gift book to accompany the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The first half of the book bridges a major gap in our national memory by examining a wide arc of African American history, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. The second half of the book celebrates African American creativity and cultural expressions through art, dance, theater, and literature. Sidebars and profiles of influential figures provide additional context and interest throughout the book. 


Meet Our Newest ipage and Edelweiss Analytics Expert

Donna George, Director of Product Development
"I feel like I've returned to my roots with public libraries."
 


Best Books 2016

As 2016 is coming to an end, we felt it only right to share with you our favorite books of the year. We reached across the entirety of Ingram to find the best. See what we had to say about the books we love – 2016 edition. 


How Authors Can Partner with Indie Bookstores

So, you have written a book and gotten it published. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get that book into the hands of readers. For a first-time published author, that’s no easy task. But a good first step is reaching out to an author’s natural ally, the independent bookseller.  


Kindred, a Graphic Novel Excerpt

Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Duffy and Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Duffy, cartoonist, writer, and comics letterer, is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a founder of Eye Trauma Studios. Jennings is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and has written several works on African-American comics creators. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. 


Author Q&A: Helen Simonson

This month we are honored to have bestselling fiction author, Helen Simonson with us. Her latest title, Summer Before the War, published in March of this year. 


The 5 Love Languages: The Excerpt

Dr. Chapman’s own life experiences, plus more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love. Dr. Chapman has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,and Desperate Marriages. Chapman also speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences.  


Why Independent Bookstores Are Parents’ Best Friend

Parents are on a mission. They want to raise smart, happy children, and childhood experts have plenty of advice on how to accomplish that goal. “Get them out of the house to explore their universe! Let them engage in free play! Fill their hours with engaging activities!”