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BiblioTech by John Palfrey

How do libraries survive the age of Google while simultaneously bracing for slashed budgets? In BiblioTech, John Palfrey provides a guide for libraries in the digital age. Some of his proposed ideas might be met with resistance from those hanging on to the library of their youth; however, “nostalgia can actually be dangerous,” Palfrey cautions.

Top Titles Borrowed (May, 2015)

Curious what everyone else using the library is reading? Check out our lists of the most borrowed books. In addition to the top titles in any format we also have breakouts for the top books on cd and the top large print books.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Holly Sykes is a typical teenager, breathing in the smells of "warm tarmac, fried spuds and week-old rubbish," and prey to inexplicable visitations and "daymares" in which she slips into another universe. Visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. Mitchell leaps through six different universes, crossing into epochs, and throwing off mini-novels that double as pieces of a fabulous jigsaw puzzle.

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

Has America become a veritable paradise for those willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get to the very top?  In Griftopia, Matt Taibbi's electrically charged exploration of the 2008 mortgage crisis, the author makes a convincing argument that indeed our country has been overrun by egomaniacal crooks (insert favored Wall Street banker here) who will stop at nothing to earn that quick million, especially when their disastrous efforts are met with golden parachutes and not stainless steel handcuffs.  A perfect summertime read for those who prefer a healthy dose of indignation while hitti

MassBook Awards Must-Read fiction books for 2015

book coversHot off the presses! Have you read these yet?

MassBook Awards Must-Read books in Non-Fiction for 2015

book coversJust released today, the short-list of nonfiction Must-Read Books from the MassBook Awards!

MassBook Awards Must-Read books in Poetry for 2015

The Must-Read books in Poetry for 2015 have been selected from a strong field of submissions to the annual MassBook Awards. In alphabetical order, they are:

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Lily Hayes' exciting semester abroad in Buenos Aires becomes a little TOO exciting when her roommate Katy is brutally murdered and Lily is the prime suspect. "Inspired by" the Amanda Knox story (American student accused of murdering her roommate in Italy in 2007), this richly imagined novel switches perspectives throughout, from Lily to Katy to the mysterious boy next door to Lily's parents and sister who have flown to Argentina and hired a defense attorney to the local prosecuting attorney.

Foreign Gods by Okey Ndibe

Ike (pronounced Ee-kay) lives in New York City and is tired of scraping by on the meager money he earns as a cabdriver. He knows of a store that sells foreign artifacts to rich people for outrageous sums of money and nourishes a dream to return to his home village in Nigeria and steal the statue of Ngene, an ancient war god, to fund his future. He hasn’t visited his family since he left and has struggled to stay in touch, especially since his father died. One of his childhood friends has come across some great wealth, while a childhood love has fallen on hard times.

Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke

The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save lives in World War II.

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