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Author’s Corner: How to Craft a Killer Library Program!

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Andra Watkins is the author of Hard to Die (Word Hermit Press, November 1, 2016) and has written her first article for BookTrib discussing the importance of an author/library relationship.  Today’s libraries are more than book repositories. They have morphed into 21st century community centers. From business classes to art exhibits and movie nights to weddings, modern librarians juggle a staggering variety of programs. Many library users never even check out a book. Any library’s calendar of events reveals one tough fact: author programs are a small fraction of what’s offered. So why should authors bother with library programs? A library still serves captive groups of readers. In a world overrun with choices, library patrons rely on librarians to turn them on…

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When Books Went to War to fight facism with freedom of expression

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When Nazi Germany began invading neighboring countries in the 1930s it not only declared war on freedom, liberty, and tolerance—it declared war on the printed page as well. By 1941, the Nazis had banned and burned more than 100 million books and had driven terrified citizens to hide or destroy many more. But as the United States entered the war, books fought back. Molly Guptill Manning’s When Books Went to War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) tells the remarkable tale of the power of literacy in the face of totalitarianism. It describes how an army of American librarians, along with the U.S. publishing industry, struck back against fascism and helped our men and women in uniform win the war. “American librarians…

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