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“U.S. libraries serve Spanish-speaking patrons around the country by providing collections in their native languages. The need for quality Spanish-language materials is considerable and continues to grow,” says Libbhy Romero, BookOps’s World Languages Coordinator. In her seminal Library Journal article, Romero acknowledges, “Selecting Spanish-language materials can be challenging, especially for librarians who don’t know the […]

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This month, we’re focusing on the biography section of the library. Among the 100 featured titles include the critically acclaimed works of Joan Didion, Robert A. Caro, and Ron Chernow, the engaging travelogues of Frances Mayes and Cheryl Strayed, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoirs, and the evocative stories of performance artist Marina Abramovic and country […]

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This month, we’re focusing on the Dewey 900s, the section of the library which houses books on geography, genealogy, travel, and history. Our recommended list features nearly 100 titles by award-winning authors including Nathaniel Philbrick, Art Spiegelman, Ron Chernow, and Barbara W. Tuchman. Which history titles do you suggest to your readers? Which books offer […]

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This month, we’re focusing on the Dewey 800s—literature, rhetoric, drama, essays, poetry, and criticism. On the recommended list, you’ll find over 100 titles including essential writing guides (such as Lamott’s Bird By Bird, Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer); Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies; the Ancient Greek plays of Aeschylus and […]

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“Whenever I listen to music, I do so without preconceptions, simply opening my ears to the more wonderful passages and physically taking them in. When those wonderful passages are there, I feel joy, and when some parts are not so wonderful, I listen with a touch of regret.” —Haruki Murakami, Absolutely on Music This month, we’re focusing […]

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“To know a new language, to immerse yourself, you have to leave the shore. Without a life vest. Without depending on solid ground,” writes Jhumpa Lahiri in her captivating memoir, In Other Words. For the Pultizer prize-winning author, the process of learning Italian involves committing to grammatical exercises, pronunciation practices, and constant consultations of the […]