Telling the Truth About Content

September 2014

Findawayers Celebrate Banned Books Week

September 25, 2014Allie Heeter 0

This week, the last week of September, is a time where libraries, booksellers, and many more celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event where we highlight the value of free and open access to information and to all content. In order to bring awareness this year, we’ve talked to some of our own Findawayers about one of their favorite books on a Banned Books list.

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For the Love of a Book

September 15, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Kearney, recommended it to me and when I finished it that first time through I went back for more Mary Downing Hahn. But I loved none quite so much as Wait Till Helen Comes, that perennial favorite ghost story still in print nearly 30 years after it was first published. When, as an adult, I had the opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn, I knew I wanted that particular copy from my old elementary school library to take to her to sign. Memory is a funny thing and books—not just the words within them, but the specific combination of tree pulp and glue we’ve held in our hands—are sacred objects, and I wanted my copy, the one my small, eager hands had thumbed so many times, not a pristine version off the bookstore shelf with no yellowing pages, no cracked spine.

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Librarian Recommendations for Book Discoverability

September 12, 2014Marika Gofman 0

More books than ever are being published. With subscription models touting tens of thousands of titles and libraries housing tens of thousands of books on their physical and digital shelves, discoverability has become increasingly important in the book world. The perfect combination promotes both librarian recommendations and discoverability—lucky for us, this exists.

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The October To-Read Pile

September 2, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Oh, October, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It seems almost unfair to all the other months to add the mania of new titles held onto all year for the coveted fall release. There are so many blockbusters coming out in October—Grisham, Picoult, Macomber, Stuart Woods, John Sandford—that I couldn’t possibly mention them all, so I’ll stick to a tiny handful of ones to watch for.

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