Friday, May 13th, 2022

TinyCat’s May Library of the Month: The Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library

Our library featured this month is a Seattle-based LGBTQ+ library doing valuable work in their community while paying special attention to their most marginalized BIPOC voices. Library and Resource Coordinator Alayna S. Jasso at the Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library formerly known as Gay City was kind enough to field my questions:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

We are the Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library located in Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center. Our library’s mission is to promote the self-determination, liberation, and joy of LGBTQ+ communities through storytelling, information, and idea sharing while centering the stories and voices of Queer and Trans BIPOC individuals in an inclusive and welcoming space.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

Our library is one of the largest collections of LGBTQ+ books and media in the Pacific Northwest. We support our community by giving them the opportunity to see themselves in stories and media. We also provide a full resource center that allows community members to access the support they need to thrive. This could be through discounted transportation cards, Health Care Navigation, resource referrals, and more.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

I think the Rainbow Boys Series by Alex Sanchez. They are young adult books following the lives of three teens struggling with coming out and being accepted in high school. I think it’s super important that youth be able to see themselves in stories. I also love the Janet Mock Memoir Redefining Realness. It’s such a powerful book and shows what people go through on their journey to live in their truth.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

The pandemic was of course a huge challenge for our library. In March 2020 we made the difficult decision to temporarily close our library for the health of our communities. While we were closed, we took the opportunity to curate and re-catalog our collection. Our goal was to make sure that our catalog is truly representative of all the communities we serve. By auditing our catalog, we were able to curate a streamlined collection of our most in-demand books and genres, as well as make sure we have space to expand our collection to include more voices and experiences. In particular, we are committed to expanding our collection of BIPOC LGBTQ+ authors. Our challenge is sourcing these books given the historical marginalization of these authors and the relative scarcity of some of these books along with the budgetary constraints that many libraries face.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

My favorite feature of TinyCat is the aggregated reports. Being able to see which items are getting the most circulation really helps when considering adding or weeding titles. What I would really like to see with TinyCat is the removal of case sensitivity when it comes to tags.

Want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ Library? Explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

May 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the May 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 139 books this month, and a grand total of 2,764 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, May 30th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Australia, the UK, Ireland and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

AuēA Trillion Trees: Restoring Our Forests by Trusting in NaturePapa Loves You, Tiny BlueLove You S'moreThe Last Way HomeSpace StoryAll the Places We Call HomeThe Story of JuneteenthUniquely YouA Visit to MoscowRiver of AshesThree Pockets Full: A Story of Love, Family, and Tradition31 ParadisoWhat Goes Unsaid: A Memoir of Fathers Who Never WereStill Water: PoemsBuddha Was a CowboyCrossfireA Suitable Companion for the End of Your LifeThe Healthy Baby Gut Guide: Prevent Allergies, Build Immunity and Strengthen Microbiome Health from Day OneThe Dark Prince of LazeraThe Race Across Anaconda SwampEarly Funny Cars: A History of the Tech Evolution from Gas Altereds to Match Race Flip Tops 1963-1975Quarter-Mile Mustangs: The History of Ford's Pony Car at the Dragstrip 1964-1978Corvette Concept Cars: Developing America's Favorite Sports CarThe Voinico's DaughterThe Flaws of GravityMutated Files: Case OneElly Uncomposed: An Operatic NovelThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsBeware of Railway-JourneysBetween Love & BetrayalReading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and JustThe Carbon Footprint of EverythingThe Mystic Hand: How Central Banks Shaped the 21st Century Global EconomyMercyRansoming the CaptiveReckoningsA Brush with MurderChickens Don't Live in Tree Houses!WinterbourneSurprise WitnessMr. UglyShiprock BabyA Season in Hell with RimbaudAre We Ever Our OwnGermans of Waterloo RegionDeltaFore PlayHow to Draw 100+ Animals: The Birds and the Bees and the Monkeys and the SeasLearn to Write My First Writing Workbook: Pencil Control, Tracing Lines, Curves, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Words and MoreForex Trading QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Successfully Swing and Day Trading the Global Foreign Exchange Market Using Proven Currency Trading TechniquesInterview with the Sphinx (Audio Play)Digital Marketing QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Developing a Scalable Online Strategy, Finding Your Customers, and Profitably Growing Your BusinessThe Secrets of the Lorca-Jimenez FamilyDeep Into the WeedsRaging WatersSadistic Pleasures: Silent Crimes of AzerbaijanA Guide to the Climate Apocalypse: Our Journey from the Age of Prosperity to the Era of Environmental GriefBlue HavenThe InsurgentThe Perfect NeighborhoodDeceptionCambion's BloodSmoke and Other StormsHellfire and HoneySpears & ShadowsReal Sugar Is Hard to Find: StoriesTruth Is Indestructible: A Husband Reacts to Hidden CrimesThe Unrighteous SonTurn to MeMoments to SeizeThe Haunting of Crimshaw ManorHe's No AngelRevelationTo Tame a CowboyWritten on the WindIn Honor's DefenseWhen the Day ComesOne Unexpected AdventureUnfailing LoveThe Approval Game: The Journey to Becoming YouFree FallThe Apostle's SisterA Time to BloomFinancial Accounting Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionCost Accounting and Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionDiversity in the Workplace Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowThe Battle For Goatly HallWeird True Stories From World War 1 & 2The Deadly Soap-Maker of Correggio: The True Story of Leonarda Cianciulli a Superstitious Mother Who Turned Victims Into Soaps and CakesChaos HuntWisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be BoughtThe Sultana OdysseyThe Voinico's DaughterReady, Set, OhTender ThingsIf You Were My LoverLittle Wolf, Little WarriorThe Unicorn HeistBrandy, You're a Fine GirlThe Heretic's DaughterLaela and the MoonlineManual de iniciación a la carpintería y al torneado de madera: Guía para principiantes 3 en 1 con procesos, consejos, técnicas y proyectos de iniciaciónEscape from Narc IslandThe End of Me in a DiaryThe Mark of Amulii: Path of SegoliaEveryone Is an Entrepreneur: Selling Economic Self-Determination in a Post-Soviet WorldMoonsleep and Other StoriesThreadsThe King's Son: Volume 1Bullets and Bandages: Bond of BrothersFrances Finkel and the Passenger PigeonBeneath GehennaThe Land of the YoungAct Before You OverThink: Make Decisions Easier and Liberate Your MindTommy and the Order of Cosmic ChampionsYou're Just Angie!Soulbooks: A Chinese FairytaleThe HotchkissChild of EtherclawA Friend Like FilbyJessA Treachery of RavensThe Doctrine DiscoveryLaughing Can Kill YouThe Fallen StonesHarriet: A Jane Austen VariationThe Magical Land of HeartsThe InterchangeYou Make Me Sick... LiterallyFortunate SonThe MuseThe Poetic Pacific: A Powerful, Secretive, and Mysterious World Is Unfolding in the Hands of a Poet!Complete Short StoriesSmart Woman's Guide the Money Belief Formula: Mindset + Behavior = Financial Success: Transform Your Habits and Win with WealthHeart of BlackThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health: How 5 Healthy Habits can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful LongevityIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health: How 5 Healthy Habits can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful Longevity

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Agate Publishing Anaphora Literary Press Android Press
Bethany House BHC Press Black Rose Writing
BLF Press BOA Editions, Ltd. Brazos Press
Cardinal Rule Press CarTech Books City Owl Press
ClydeBank Media Coach House Books Crooked Lane Books
Delphinium Books Gibson House Press Greystone Books
Identity Publications Kabaty Press Kakkle Publications
Lakeview Publications Personville Press Petra Books
Poolbeg Press PublishNation Revell
Scribe Publications Sea Vision Publishing Solai Productions
The Story Plant True Crime Seven Vesuvian Books
Vibrant Publishers West Margin Press WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

TinyCat’s April Library of the Month: The Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association

Spring is in the air (at least for the Northern Hemisphere), so it’s a great time to think about our powerful pollinators! I had the pleasure of interviewing Jill Wickham, library volunteer and retired school librarian at the Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association (MWBA), for our featured library this month:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

Our library is part of the Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association, a club in southeastern Wisconsin made up of beekeepers (beeks) and others who are interested in bees and beekeeping. The goal of our library is to support our members as they explore the hobby of beekeeping and expand their knowledge of beekeeping methods.  We own roughly 100 books covering areas of interest to our members; the books can be checked out during our monthly meetings. Our books cover the subjects of honeybee biology, beekeeping in general, queen rearing, overwintering and treating bee colonies, producing and marketing honey, pollinator friendly gardening, crafting with beeswax, as well as a small collection of children’s titles about bees. Club dues support the periodic purchase of new titles.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

Our members are often asked to present to various community groups, and often use our library resources during these presentations. We also donate honey from our club beeyard—we maintain about 15 hives as a club—to our local Hunger Task Force food bank.

What a worthy cause, for the bees and for the food bank! Speaking of your library’s resources, what are some of your favorite items in your collection?

My favorite title to recommend is Hilary Kearney‘s Queenspotting, a book that is both fun and educational for all age groups.   Also, two books by a Milwaukee author, Petra Ahnert, Beeswax Alchemy and Beehive Alchemy, which both contain DIY projects using beeswax, honey and propolis.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

Our club members have varying degrees of experience and a variety of beekeeping philosophies. If you ask 10 beekeepers the same question, you’ll get 11 answers! So, it’s a challenge to provide materials covering all levels of interest, experience and philosophies.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

I love how easy it is to add titles from LibraryThing and how visual our online TinyCat catalog is. I’d like to be able to add more than one copy to the same bib record, and I’d like to be able to generate emailed overdue notices right from TinyCat or LibraryThing.

Great feedback! While we don’t yet have copies management, we’ll be sure to announce any changes on that front. As for overdue notices, you can automate those from your Patron Email Reminder Settings at https://www.librarycat.org/admin/settings/circsettings. Hope this helps!

Want to learn more about MWBA? Visit their website at http://mwbeekeepers.org/, join their Facebook Group, or explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

Happy 6th Birthday to TinyCat!

Today marks TinyCat’s 6th year of giving small libraries a sleek, user-friendly, and affordable way to manage and share their collections online, all powered by LibraryThing. Happy Birthday to us!

We’ve had the pleasure of cultivating relationships and community with thousands of libraries over the years. (Check out some of our latest Libraries of the Month on the blog.) From schools and classrooms to churches, arts organizations, local clubs, human rights groups, free libraries in underserved communities, and more, we’d like to thank everyone who’s adopted a TinyCat of their own! Of course this means we have a few gifts for you all this month to mark the occasion.

Store Sale…

For the next month until Friday, May 6, we’re running a major sale on all of our CueCat scanners, barcode labels, and TinyCat merch in the LibraryThing Store. Be sure to take advantage of the deals and stock up this month while you can: https://www.librarything.com/more/store.

...and a Surprise!

We’ll have an adorable surprise for you later this month, and a surprise giveaway for both new and existing TinyCat subscribers—well, a surprise in the sense that you can’t pinpoint* what the giveaway is, yet—so stay tuned on the blog and on our Twitter page for details: https://twitter.com/TinyCat_lib.

Come and join the celebratory thread in the TinyCat Group for some happy birthday wishes, and thanks for another great year!

*Hint hint: can you take a guess at the surprise we have in store for you?

Labels: birthday, libraries, sale, TinyCat

Monday, April 4th, 2022

April 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the April 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 175 books this month, and a grand total of 3,915 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, April 25th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Spain, Greece, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Finland and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Bad EminenceHer Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to BeMaybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of WomanThe Zee FilesThe Littlest AirplaneAlaska is for the Birds! Fourteen Favorite Feathered FriendsSleepwalk: A NovelSeven Brief Lessons on LanguageDroll TalesMy Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the ChurchA Botanist's Guide to Parties and PoisonsThe Bar at Twilight: StoriesAmong Animals 3: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short FictionFeverOn the BrinkMy Father's Smokehouse: Stories and Recipes from FishcampWake, Sleepy One: California Poppies and the Super BloomThe Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. KipCritical AllianceFuture SkinnyWhy Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of NationalismSuch a Mind As This: A Biblical-Theological Study of Thinking in the Old TestamentFight Like Jesus: How Jesus Waged Peace Throughout Holy WeekThe Ghosts of Walter CrockettHerrick's EndDark CountryA Perfect CopyAdrift in StarlightOn These Wicked ShoresMer and HerThe Choir of CricketsDeath at the ManorTwo Brown DotsField Notes from the Flood ZoneUseful JunkCasual ConversationThe Phone in the FishbowlAnd Time Stopped: Dimension 9Dark Age Monarch: The Reign of King ArthurThe Running WolfJunker BluesWays the World Could EndTali Nohkati Part II: A Piece of Earth Under the StarsEverything Here Belongs to YouFerociousBlack RockKilling the ButterflyPocket Guide to Glam RockSingapore 52The Happening at BessbrookChambers of the Heart: Speculative StoriesThe NocturnalsA Healer's PromiseSoul Doctoring: Heal Yourself, Heal the PlanetIf this document should surviveDarkness to LightSeven Paradigm ShiftsTime Travelling to 1972: Reliving a Very Special YearL. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 38When Earth Shall Be No MoreDavid, I Knew You Would ComeDavid, I Knew You Would ComeMiss, Can I Speak to You?: Ten Everyday Conversations with Young People Asking for Help with Issues Important to ThemDragged into the Light: Truthers, Reptilians, Super Soldiers and Death Inside an Online CultGroup Six and the River of Water and BrimstoneIn CommonRiver of AshesThe Ultimate Off-Road Driver's GuideLS Gen III Engine Wiring Systems: 1997-2007Cunning Linguists: Language, Literature, and LecheryO Beautiful Dust: Walking the Wilderness Toward Common PrayerNo ExcusesThe Third ForceHe Spoke: A Memoir of GraceCounting Spoons: A Memoir of Heroin, Heartache, and HopeMore of Him, Less of Me: Living a Christ-Centered Life in a Me-Centered WorldTill a Better WorldTruth That Sets Us FreeThe Spirituality in Science: Understanding the Spirituality in Science from the Primitive Days of the Bible and the Religions of the Time Will Free Anyone from the Shackles of ReligionAshes of the FirebirdRelativityThe Last PrincessThe Haunting of Crimshaw ManorRefractionThe Perfect CandidateThe Entropy of LossWaverly LakeThe Shadow's HeirBad Girls Drink BloodFire Magic & Ice CreamDirty Little MiseryThe House of Many Souls: A Study Guide to Pursue Your Relationship in God for Single Mothers and Young AdultsDeclutter: Cleaning Out Your Spiritual BasementThe Agent and The OutlawStronger Than PassionBeautifully BrokenBeyond Freedom: School of MinistryMas Alla de Libertad: Escuela de Ministerio“La Note Bleue” – A Mad Chase to SanityFlorilla: A Pinelands RomanceMath Practice Tests for the ACTFinancial Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionPractice Tests for the SATShadow: Run, But You Can't HideShadow: Run, But You Can't HideThe Fallen StonesStar of DarknessThe Devil's TrillCompromisedGambling with MurderYou Make Me Sick... LiterallyFortunate SonWishlessSlash-Her: An Anthology of Women In HorrorIll ShadowsGravenhamRare Encounter: A War NovelEveryone Is an Entrepreneur: Selling Economic Self-Determination in a Post-Soviet WorldThe Devil's TrillThe King's DruidDead Man Dancing: A Handbook Of Stroke Survival & RecoveryDeath on the Istanbul ExpressThe Memory of SydneyDeath on the Istanbul ExpressDeath in ParisDeath in ParisThe BondThe Hive QueenThe Voinico's DaughterEl Puente de los Cuervos Vol. IContemporary Currents and Historical EddiesHarriet: A Jane Austen VariationThe Billionaire's SecretThe Model SpyXenure Station TrilogyThe Last NehisiThe Poetic PacificRise of MagicPoetic Potential: Sparking Change & Empowerment Through PoetryA Revolution of the MindBiblical Bedtime Stories For Kids: Old Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4 - 8Biblical Bedtime Stories For Kids: Old Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4-8Biblical Questions and Answers for Smart Kids: Quizzes Focused on the Book of Genesis to Help Your Children Grow and Learn about God – Who He Is, His Love, and His Relationship with HumanityBiblical Questions and Answers for Smart Kids: Quizzes Focused on the Book of Genesis to Help Your Children Grow and Learn about God – Who He Is, His Love, and His Relationship with HumanityBiblical Bedtime Stories For Kids Coloring Book: 113 Old Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4-8The MuseThe Secrets of MarsOn A Blue MoonStorm of PassionPresent Peace: A Poetry CollectionIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health, How 5 Healthy Habits Can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful LongevityRise: Poetry for Lovers and ThinkersIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health, How 5 Healthy Habits Can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful LongevityDon't Believe Everything You Think: Why Your Thinking Is The Beginning & End Of SufferingDistorted PerceptionDistorted PerceptionHalf on the Other Side: How Ancient Spiritual Techniques Helped Me Deal with Substance Abuse, Depression, Sexuality, Gender, and LoveSpirit WomenSomeone To Catch My TeardropsLove, Not Hate: A Christian StudyThe Ballad of Billy McFee: A Sea Shanty to Read or SingThe AnniversaryThe Ballad of Billy McFee: A Sea Shanty to Read or SingStreams of SpeculationTides of AdventureHooker AvenueDarkwitchRuthlessHIVERemembering StardustRemembering StardustWhy Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of NationalismSuch a Mind As This: A Biblical-Theological Study of Thinking in the Old TestamentThe Overlap Life: Rethinking Every Second of Your Life in Light of EternityThe Overlap Life: Rethinking Every Second of Your Life in Light of Eternity

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Alaska Northwest Books And Other Stories Arabelle Publishing
Ashland Creek Press Beaufort Books Bellevue Literary Press
Bethany House BHC Press Black Rose Writing
BOA Editions, Ltd. Brazos Press CarTech Books
Christopher Matthews Publishing City Owl Press Consortium Book Sales and Distribution
Crooked Lane Books Czidor Lore, LLC Delphinium Books
First Steps Publishing Funlighter Hub Galaxy Press
Greywood Bay Henry Holt and Company Heritage Books
Hot Tree Publishing Hybrid Sequence Media Islandport Press
John Ott Lakeview Publications New Smut Project
NewCon Press Niv Publishing Pioneer Publishing
Plant Based Press Plexus Publishing, Inc. Poolbeg Press
PublishNation Red Planet Books Revell
Rootstock Publishing Secant Publishing Small Stations Press
Squirrel House Publishing Tiny Fox Press Transformation Media Books
Turner Publishing Vestige Vesuvian Books
Vibrant Publishers West Margin Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Friday, March 25th, 2022

TinyCat’s March Library of the Month: New England Antiquities Research Association

Humans have been using stones for millions of years, leaving behind such a lengthy history of artifacts that it only makes sense that not all stone structures still standing are known, or their purpose understood, by those alive today. The New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) is working to close that knowledge gap in their part of the world. 

One of NEARA’s volunteers Walter kindly answered my questions for this month’s feature:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

We are the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA), a non-profit organization dedicated to trying to discover, understand, and preserve many stone structures that can be found in the northeastern US and Canada.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

The library is really a research library. It has thousands of books about history, archaeology, anthropology, and geology, mostly focused on stone artifacts such as chambers, rock piles, walls, propped boulders, rock art, and mounds. Most of the books circulate to our members.

The library is also an archive. Naturally we house many of the documents accumulated from nearly 60 years of existence, including all of the journals and newsletters and a few books that we have published.

But we also hold files documenting many of the sites that have been found, and we preserve the notes and files and maps of NEARA researchers. Together they occupy many boxes and filing cabinets. These files have been valuable to today’s researchers who are out looking for sites and seeing if their condition has changed or whether they have been destroyed by modern development.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

I’m not sure I have a favorite item. It often feels like the next thing I pick up is the most fascinating book. Reading old site reports is exciting, giving one the vicarious pleasure of discovering new sites.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

We have been in the process of digitizing our archives and providing online access to it. We have finished digitizing the site files, but there’s still a lot to be done. That work has been essential in continuing the value of the archives, because now people can use it from their home or smartphone.

Most of our membership is scattered about the New England and Middle Atlantic states, so coming to visit the library isn’t as easy as visiting your local library. Before COVID there were more visitors and our in-person conferences twice a year meant much more interaction at our book tables. The browsing experience is so important. Now everything has to be mailed, which has decreased our usage and increased our per-item work and cost. Having an online catalog and circulation system has helped. But I really would like to give our members free digital access to the volumes that we own.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

TinyCat is great for the user. It looks nice and is easy to use. Acting as a librarian, though, I find some of the circulation and patron controls hard to use on a tablet. Also, with LibraryThing I wish it were easier to handle barcodes and perform queries and mass operations.

Great feedback! I’ll touch base with you for specifics about your tablet use, and I’ll make sure you have access to everything you need regarding barcodes, searches, and power functions.

Want to learn more about NEARA? Visit their website at https://neara.org, and explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Monday, March 7th, 2022

March 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the March 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 170 books this month, and a grand total of 4,077 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, March 28th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

The VisitorsBrisbane: A NovelPestThe Last PrincessDenver NoirThe Hanmoji Handbook: Your Guide to the Chinese Language Through EmojiRouge Street: Three NovellasElysium TideSunburstAmong the InnocentWhere the Road BendsThe Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible QuillKeep Strong Together: 7 Habits of Great CouplesThe Price of ForgivenessOmitted PiecesThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsShadow: Run, But You Can't HideThe King's DruidWisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be BoughtShe's the One Who Can't Keep QuietThe Anthropocene Epoch: When Humans Changed the WorldInnocent LivesLike Birds in a Cage: Christian Zionism's Collusion in Israel's Oppression of the Palestinian PeopleAll About Romantic Love: A Three Sixty Degree View of RelationshipsBenefitMothers of Enchantment: New Tales of Fairy GodmothersThe End of SleepAshes of the FirebirdGermans of Waterloo RegionThe Ones Who Adore Your Veins: A Dark Poetry CollectionJonas Mekas, Shiver of MemoryQueen of CloudsMoon MayorMy Dad, My RockWhere We Call Home: Lands, Seas, and Skies of the Pacific NorthwestHawai'i CallsOrdinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U. S. Constitution and the Equal Rights AmendmentHumanized: The Journey Back to You Without LabelsSadistic Pleasures: Silent Crimes of AzerbaijanCourt of VenomOperation George: A Gripping True Crime Story of an Audacious Undercover StingThe Second Death of E.A. Poe and Other StoriesMaking It HomeCannibal ClubThe Candy CapersMilk Cow KitchenSilver or LeadThe Devil to PayThe UnreliablesAutumn Gold: A Rendezvous with Cancer, Knowing Death Is Not FinalThe KeepersNever Been in the Sand, Part IIMummy's MiraclesDiscovering PuracordisTo AliceThe Haunting of Kinnawe HouseWicked MiseryGhost of a BeginningThe Blissful EndI, BionicA Night of Wings and StarlightPush Pin Art Projects: Worksheets Promoting Fine Motor Skills: SpringThe Seren StoneThe CordFlight of the FallenRelativityTrust, Treachery and RetributionAlmost Like PrayingA Veteran SpeaksTime Traveling to 1962: Reliving a Very Special YearMissing Vivienne: A Novel of Wych ElmMissing JoanTill a Better World: A NovelThe Journey of a Brave GirlThe Road to MeMendelI Buried PaulSunwiseMy Mother Murdered the MoonTrue Crime Storytime Volume 3: 12 Disturbing True Crime Stories to Keep You Up All NightVisions of RuinNanny Knows BestA Guide to the Climate Apocalypse: Our Journey from the Age of Prosperity to the Era of Environmental GriefThe Drummer Of MindenThe Art of CommunicationThe PresenceCrown Court KillerShort, Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of Migrant VoicesFrom Knowledge to Power: The Comprehensive Handbook for Climate Science and AdvocacyLove, Dance and Egg RollsIn a Dark, Dark WoodWinning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample PromptsGMAT Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Argument TopicsGRE Reading Comprehension: Detailed Solutions to 325 QuestionsGRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 1GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 2GRE Analytical Writing Supreme: Solutions to the Real Essay TopicsGRE Verbal Reasoning Supreme: Study Guide with Practice QuestionsGRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal MasteryGRE Words in Context: The Complete ListGRE Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Practice QuestionsProject Management Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowSales Management Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowFinancial Accounting Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionVox Astra: The Black BoxWhen the Corn Is Waist HighDistorted PerceptionHow to Spot a PsychopathWe Turn to Face the SunThe Best Sermons You've Never Heard: For All People: Volume 1Today, Tomorrow & NeverCalico Rae - The Twisted TowersShadow: Run, But You Can't HideThe Clean Green DragonManual de ensamblajeen madera para principiantesPacific Northwest Foraging Starter Handbook: A Beginner's Guide with 6 Step-by-Step Methods to Identify, Harvest, Prepare, Preserve and Cook Wild FoodsLiving With ChickensPoetic Potential: Sparking Change & Empowerment Through PoetrySomething Shady at Sunshine HavenWhispers of the DeadArthur and the ArgonautsThe Ballad of Billy McFee: A Sea Shanty to Read or SingFlutes Jam: A Guide to ImprovisationThe Boscombe BoysStill BlackDeath in ParisManual de Torneado de Madera para Principiantes: Guía paso a paso con herramientas, técnicas, consejos y proyectos inicialesDon't Overthink ThisDear Bette: Advice From the Screen QueenDead Man Dancing: A Handbook Of Stroke Survival & RecoveryThe Magus and the FoolDarkwitchRefined: A MemoirShowmances and Stage KissesGood Night (Not Really): Let's Count Forward AND BackwardThe Addiction Healing PathwayIntelligence CheckRise: Poetry for Lovers and ThinkersInterracialove StoriesSword and Sorcery: FrostfireWanderlost: Falling from Grace and Finding Mercy in All the Wrong PlacesWanderlost: Falling from Grace and Finding Mercy in All the Wrong PlacesLouder Than Words: Searching for Heart in a Heartless WorldLouder Than Words: Searching for Heart in a Heartless WorldLike Birds in a Cage: Christian Zionism's Collusion in Israel's Oppression of the Palestinian PeopleOf the EarthOf the EarthThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsA Kinder CityUnsolicited MailRunecursedThe Heroic and Exceptional Minority: A Guide to Mythological Self-Awareness and GrowthThe Memory of SydneyRuthlessHIVEWrath of Eve: Evil Has Met Its MatchWaterman's ForeignerThe Seven Hungers: Rise of the Crimson King30 Days With the Father: A Devotional to Discover How Heaven Can Follow You EverywhereA Revolution of the MindFive Things About DragonfliesHooker AvenueInnocent LivesCharity's GunmanBiblical Bedtime Stories For Kids: Old Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4-8Biblical Questions and Answers for Smart Kids Vol. 1: Quizzes Focused on the Book of Genesis to Help Your Children Grow and Learn about God - Who He Is, His Love, and His Relationship with HumanityBiblical Bedtime Stories For Kids Coloring Book: 113 Old Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4-8Half on the Other Side: How Ancient Spiritual Techniques Helped Me Deal with Substance Abuse, Depression, Sexuality, Gender, and LoveTitle: Storybook

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

33 Greyhound Press Akashic Books And Other Stories
Before Someday Publishing Bellevue Literary Press BHC Press
Black Rose Writing City Owl Press Consortium Book Sales and Distribution
Entrada Publishing eSpec Books Funlighter Hub
Gibbs Smith Publishing Hendry Publishing Henry Holt and Company
Hot Tree Publishing Hybrid Sequence Media Identity Publications
Linguacious MITeen Press Nephilim Publishing
NewCon Press North Beach Books Ooligan Press
Personville Press Petra Books Pioneer Publishing
Plough Publishing House PublishNation RaVenGhost Press
Revell Rootstock Publishing The Story Plant
TouchPoint Press True Crime Seven Turner Publishing
Vibrant Publishers World Weaver Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Welcome Rebecca!

LibraryThing is pleased to welcome Rebecca (LibraryThing rebeccaamax, Litsy rebeccaamax) to the team, as a new Library Projects Developer.

Rebecca will be working on LibraryThing’s library products, including Syndetics Unbound, co-developed with ProQuest, and TinyCat. She will also be involved in parsing library data for LibraryThing.com and other company projects.

Say hello on her LibraryThing profile or on the Welcome Rebecca Talk topic.

About Rebecca
Rebecca grew up in New York before moving to Providence, RI to attend Brown University for a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies. Prior to joining LibraryThing, she worked as a digital projects developer for a college library and did other digital humanities and web development work, but has been tinkering around with code since a single-digit age, building things like Redwall fansites and poor attempts at Choose Your Own Adventure games. Now she writes better games (computer games and RPGs) and other little tools to outsource her problems to computers/code, as well as directing and producing theatre. She also likes travel, history, folk music, and sewing/crafting, and reads a lot of fantasy and sci-fi.

Favorite Authors: William Shakespeare, Patrick O’Brian, Tamsyn Muir, Italo Calvino

LibraryThing Member: rebeccaamax
Litsy Member: rebeccaamax

Labels: employees

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

TinyCat’s February Library of the Month: The Starfish Foundation Library

To read more about TinyCat’s Library of the Month feature, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

The Starfish Foundation Library—a wonderful multilingual library founded in February 2021 on the Greek island of Lesvos—is TinyCat’s Library of the Month. The Foundation’s volunteers, including Jessica Volmar, who fielded my questions this month, work diligently to help local and migrant communities in need.

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

The Starfish Foundation was started by locals on Lesvos in 2015, who witnessed one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters unfolding on their shorelines with thousands of refugees arriving. The target group of most of the activities are mainly refugees, but Starfish Foundation has widened the target groups and now also reaches many local people and organizations. One of our projects is the Library Project, which includes a multilingual library in the city Mytilene and a mobile library in the refugee camp Mavrovouni.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

Life in a refugee camp is very difficult and many people have been stuck here for years. With the Library Project we can provide the residents books for education and pleasure. Our diverse collection consists of around 6000 books in more than 15 languages – including Farsi, Arabic and French, the most common languages in the camp. The vast majority of the books are donations from all over the world. Our library in Mytilene is a great space where locals and refugees meet, which promotes inclusion and cohesion.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

I love the childrens books that have their text in English and Arabic or Farsi. Those are not only popular with children but also adults, as it is a fun and playful way to learn and improve a language.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

Some books in certain languages are really hard to get. For example Somali – there are many refugees from Somalia who frequently ask for books in their language, but it’s hard to get them.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

It’s very easy to find books, especially with the language tags, which is an important factor of the refugees living in the camp.

Want to learn more about the Starfish Foundation? Visit their website at https://www.asterias-starfish.org/, and explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Monday, February 14th, 2022

Come Join the 2022 Valentine Hunt!

It’s February 14th, and that means the return of our annual Valentine Hunt!

We’ve scattered a collection of Cupid’s arrows around the site, and it’s up to you to try and find them all.

  • Decipher the clues and visit the corresponding LibraryThing pages to find an arrow. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there’s an arrow on a page, you’ll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have just over two weeks to find all the arrows (until 5:00pm EST, Monday February 28th).
  • Come brag about your collection of arrows (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least two arrows will be
    awarded an arrow badge Badge ().
  • Members who find all 17 arrows will be entered into a drawing for one of five LibraryThing (or TinyCat) coaster sets and stickers. We’ll announce winners at the end of the hunt.

P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the cardinal illustration!

Labels: events