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Unshelved comic strip for 5/28/2016

Book Reviews


This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a poet who finds solace with his pets, a young woman who rescues downed Allied pilots in occupied France during WWII, a tell-all from John Leguizamo (based on his one man show), 15 DIY sewing projects for geeks, and a biographical graphic novel about surviving breast cancer.

See You in the Funny Pages

Today's comic looks a little different than normal. It's one Bill drew for a "See You in the Funny Pages" session I gave last week (along with a "Surviving the Public" keynote) at a staff day.

The story was our favorite of those submitted, and went something like this:

A little girl, about three-years-old, came in with her father. I overheard the two of them talking. She was trying to explain to her father about hand stamps and he didn't understand. I walked over to them and asked her if she would like to have her hand stamped. She was relieved that somebody knew what she wanted. I stamped her hands and when we finished she insisted that her father needed hand stamps as well. He reluctantly agreed, so I stamped his hands as well. As they were walking away from the desk the little girl turned to her father and said, "Now what do you say?" He very meekly turned to me and said, "Thank you."

We gave the library system that hired us the original art, and the person who submitted the story got two signed prints.

After the presentation of the art/prints, we tried something new, a short, intimate version of the Unshelved Library Stoyrfest I held with Josh Hanagarne at BEA earlier in the month. Both were great, but it was particularly cool to see library staff who work together sharing stories. (And it was great for me -- I've taken a few of those stories and adapted them for comics you'll see over the next few days.)

I've decided to offer the Storyfest as a breakout session option in the future, as part of the "See You in the Funny Pages" presentation.

I'm currently booking talks for this fall. If you're interested in this, one of our other options, or if you have another idea altogether, please contact me.

Book Reviews


This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a musician who wants more than friendship from a talented artist, a house that sits atop a time tunnel, the final book in an epic fantasy trilogy, a manga adaptation of a classic Charles Dickens novel, and a cookbook full of easy recipes that require few ingredients.

June is Audiobook Month


June is Audiobook Month!

When I was a kid, my parents checked out cassette tapes of Lake Wobegon Days and The Burns & Allen Show before a long road trip. I didn't know you could do that! I thought libraries were just for books. That was a life-changing discovery. Over the years, listening to stories in the car became one of my favorite parts of traveling, and it has certainly kept me from nodding off on particularly tedious stretches of highway. (I'm looking at you, U.S. Route 50 in Nevada.) So, I was pleased to see that Books On Tape and Listening Library included "Speed up any road trip with family listening" on their list of ways to celebrate June is Audiobook Month at your library.

Click through to see their other suggestions, and enter for a chance to win some hot new releases. You will also find links to free materials, fascinating audiobook stats, sources for free downloads, and much more to keep the celebration going!

GLBT Book Month


June is GLBT Book Month!

Feel free to use today's comic in your book displays or to post it in your staff rooms to promote the event.

Personally, I'm going to celebrate by rereading one of my favorite graphic novel series, Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise.

This classic Unshelved strip

originally appeared on January 22, 2005.

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