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Over the course of nine months last year, two librarians at a small library branch near Orlando, Florida, checked out 2,361 books to a fictional library patron named Chuck Finley. When the fake account was uncovered in an investigation, the branch supervisor admitted that he and another employee had conspired to protect certain books from being removed from circulation. This would never happen at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), a system that manages a collection of...
A heartfelt and complex novel, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo explores what it means to belong and what it means to be moved from “home”.  This multilayered fictional tale, which follows Russian immigrants Maya and Alex as they try to find out why their eight-year-old adopted son, Max, has taken to sleeping on the floor, eating grass and generally going “wild.” Maya believes a cross-country road-trip to Max’s birthplace, Montana, to find his...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
While there are not many celebrity librarians out there, Rita Meade certainly counts as one. By day, an employee of the Brooklyn Public Library, by night a children’s book author, library-themed band (Lost in the Stacks) frontwoman, and host of the Book Riot podcast Dear Book Nerd. What is it like being a librarian on the internet? Overall, being a librarian on the internet has been a positive experience. When I first started blogging and tweeting,...

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