Friday, June 24th, 2022

TinyCat’s June Library of the Month: Out On The Shelves Library

It’s Pride Month, which means we’re super proud to feature an independent LGBT2QIA+ library that’s been supporting their Vancouver community since the 1980s! It was my pleasure to interview Out On The Shelves (OOTS) Library Co-Coordinator Rio Picollo, MLIS (they/them) this month:

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

Out On The Shelves Library (OOTS) is an independent community library serving the

LGBT2QIA+ community of Vancouver, British Columbia since the early 1980s. We foster a free, accessible, and safe space for LGBT2QIA+ people to discover and share stories and resources centering on LGBT2QIA+ experiences.

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

We’re in the midst of a project in collaboration with the University of British Columbia School of Information to improve our subject tags to help patrons discover works featuring identities that aren’t well represented in mainstream library cataloguing. We routinely get requests for things like books by trans women of colour or YA fiction with non-binary characters, and until now we’ve relied heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations between library volunteers or searching through curated book lists for that information. We’re excited to create a more organized, accessible way for our patrons to find the types of materials they’re looking for from within our catalogue.

What a wonderful way to increase visibility for underrepresented identities. Speaking of your collections, what are some of your favorite items?

Our new seed library, Out in the Dirt, which offers free seeds and starters, as well as programming on sustainable urban farming and food sharing within the Vancouver queer community.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

Being located on the far west side of Vancouver, it can be difficult for folks from elsewhere across the Lower Mainland to make the trip to our location. We have plans in the works for a sort of interlibrary loan system partnered with the newly developed Vancouver Black Library located in Chinatown to help increase the reach of both our organizations.

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

We love how quick and easy it is to catalogue materials with LibraryThing. It offers such a low barrier to entry for folks new to library cataloguing. In the future, we’d love to be able to store info for duplicate copies under the same bib record.

We hope to add copy management in the future as well! We’ll be sure to announce any changes on that front. Thanks for your feedback.

Want to learn more about OOTS? Visit their website at https://outontheshelveslibrary.com/, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, 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

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Join us at ALA Annual / Sneak Peek at Syndetics Unbound Lists

The American Library Association’s 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition is returning to an in-person event this year for the first time since the pandemic began, and LibraryThing’s founder Tim Spalding (timspalding) will be there!

Tim will be showing off an exciting new “Lists” feature for Syndetics Unbound, LibraryThing and ProQuest’s (awesome) catalog enrichment product for public and academic libraries. Lists allow libraries to make attractive, custom lists in their catalog, and to share them with other libraries. Stop by the ProQuest/Clarivate booth (#2507) to catch up with the Syndetics Unbound product team and learn more.

Stay tuned for the official release of Lists to all Syndetics Unbound libraries!

Labels: ALA, Syndetics Unbound

Monday, June 20th, 2022

An Interview with Delia Owens

LibraryThing is very pleased to sit down this month with wildlife scientist and bestselling author Delia Owens, whose novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, has recently been made into a film that will be released this coming July 15th by SONY Pictures. Although Ms. Owens has previously co-authored a number of memoirs about her years working with wildlife in Africa, Where the Crawdads Sing is her fictional debut. Set in the coastal marsh of North Carolina, the book, which spent 32 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, is an exploration of poverty and familial abandonment, a tribute to the beauty and power of the natural world, and a murder mystery complete with courtroom drama. Now, with the movie due out next month, we asked her a few questions about her book, the movie, and her own reading.

Where the Crawdads Sing evokes a powerful sense of place, and contains many vivid depictions of the natural world. Do you feel that visual imagery is an important part of your storytelling process, and did you have any specific images in mind, before starting to set it down?

I did visualize this story set in this particular environment in the marsh. I did play it out in my mind how it would unfold, and I think it was a good environment. It was lush and yet it was a challenge to survive there, but it was possible. It was very real that you could survive there and so it was the perfect environment for that. I just could see it vividly in my mind because I knew it and I wanted the reader to see it. I wanted the reader to be able to smell the sea, and to see the still waters versus the rough waters in the sea. And I wanted the reader to experience the marsh.

Your story is set in North Carolina marshland. How well do you feel the film captures the landscape of the tale?

In Where the Crawdads Sing the marsh, the environment in which it was shot and where I wrote it, is a character itself. The marsh is a character itself. A very important character in the book and the marsh represents mother nature. Mother nature is very nurturing but she’s also very tough. I was thrilled that when they produced the movie, the marsh feels like a character in the movie as well as in the book. It is always there, the marsh is there, the beautiful scenery is there. And what surprised me when I saw the movie was that all this beauty is there and yet the mystery and the drama is thundering through the background. I don’t know of a better word than pounding or thundering. The storyline is pounding behind this beauty.

This is the first of your books to be adapted as a movie. What has been your favorite part of the process?

First of all, it’s a dream come true for most authors. Not everyone wishes for this, but it is a great honor, and it has been so much fun. I was able to go to the movie set. First of all, they flew me to LA and we sat around talking about the book with these wonderful people and all these women, the director, Reese Witherspoon, the people from Sony. I mean it was just so much fun to do this and work with these women and these women work hard. It’s not the three-martini lunch sort of situation. We stayed for like eight hours around this big board table and worked on the script. They invited me to make comments on the script several times. They sent me drafts of the script and it has been the connection with all the players that has meant a lot to me. It really has. To see these people so dedicated to this project, to be so in love with the story and true to the story. The movie has stayed very true to the story, which means a lot to me.

Tell us about your library—bibliographic and filmographic. What books and movies are in your own personal collection?

All my college textbooks, which I’m sure everyone would find very boring, but I have all of them because they still mean a lot to me. I still refer to them. I love novels, like Toni Morrison’s Beloved, that build up a certain character. I love character driven stories. I love stories that play out in very memorable environments like A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher. As far as movies, I love Babette’s Feast, the story told by Karen Blixen. I don’t like action films; I like films that show characters and places and how they relate.

Labels: author interview, interview

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Come Join the 2022 Pride Month Treasure Hunt!

It’s June, and that means that our annual Pride Month Treasure Hunt is back!

We’ve scattered a waddle of penguins 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 a penguin. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there’s a penguin on a page, you’ll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have just under two weeks to find all the penguins (until 5pm EDT, Thursday June 30th).
  • Come brag about your waddle of penguins (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least two penguins will be
    awarded a penguin badge. Badge ().
  • Members who find all 12 penguins 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 penguin illustration, which was inspired by the charming picture book And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who start a family of their own.

ConceptDawg has made all of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple of years. We like them, and hope you do, too!

Labels: events

Monday, June 6th, 2022

June 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the June 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 180 books this month, and a grand total of 3,538 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, June 27th 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, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary AmericaDangerous BeautyI Can Be Your FriendA Quilt for Christmas: A Christmas NovellaThe ReservoirSmells Like Tween SpiritBeyond the Desert SandsBeneath the Bending SkiesPaths of Dissent: Soldiers Speak Out Against America's Misguided WarsInfinite Dimensions: StoriesInventions of the HeartCreatures of PassageI Have Two Mommies. I Have Two Daddies.Aquarian DawnVoices in the Dead HouseThe Deadly ShallowsThe Beauty of Black Mermaids Coloring BookMoon in Full: A Modern Day Coming-Of-Age StoryWhere You Linger & Other StoriesHonor BoundScarecrow Has a GunA Universe That Dreams: Waking To Universal RealityHe's No AngelRevelationRenewalThe City Beneath the Hidden StarsSins of the TribeDark DrinkSee You Next TuesdayThe Faithful DogA Winter of ChainsSimplify Your Health: A Doctor's Practical Guide to a Healthier LifeSherlock Mendelson and the Missing AfikomenAnd Then There’s MargaretLebanon RedJustice for LorettaThe Nectar of NightmaresNight RaceA Feeling of HomeDiscover How to Thrive Amid Grief: Understanding, Coping, Forgiving, Connecting, and Finding Support During Times of Profound LossHanna's DilemmaNow Lila KnowsNein, Nein, Nein!: One Man's Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the HolocaustThe Beginner’s Spanish Language Learning Workbook for Adults: A Level 1 Guide with Exercises to Learn Essential Words, Phrases, and Basic SentencesDream Pop Origami: A Permutational Memoir About Hapa IdentityUncertain Fruit: A Memoir of Infertility, Loss, and LoveHollowPool ManRedefining Miracles: How To See Divine Perfection in the Eye of a Storm and Transform Cancer Into BlessingsLife in the MaxSpears & ShadowsWicked CrownResist MeFlippingGilded ButterflyBitter EndThe Coming Golden Age of the 21st CenturyStandaloneThe Face of the WatersTime for a PartyMessiah!: The Bar Kokhba Revolt. 132ADThe Natural Laws of ViolenceThe Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children's ChildrenThe ResentmentMai Tais for the LostThe Legend of the VikingHe Spoke: A Memoir of GraceEternal GraffitiOur Mothers of Invention: 16 Women Inventors & Discoverers Who Made Our Modern Lives BetterKnow Your Man: Playful Relationship Advice for Understanding Your Man (Pig)The Aquarius NationHappy StateBronco Racing: Ford's Legendary 4x4 in off-Road CompetitionHow to Install Air Ride Suspension SystemsFit for a QueenTrue Crime Storytime Volume 4: 12 Disturbing True Crime Stories to Keep You Up All NightThe Way of the Wild Goose: Three Pilgrimages Following Geese, Stars, and Hunches on the Camino de SantiagoTravelersPura VidaThe Formulation of Zack SenderUncover Your Light: Empowering Stories of Hope and Resilience, Volume OneUncover Your Light: Empowering Stories of Hope and Resilience, Volume TwoGrowing Upward: A Guide to Discovering Your Greatness (and Owning Your Life)SAT Math Practice QuestionsThe Tender TempestThe Joy of MurderThe BoxHybrid: Misfits, Monsters and Other PhenomenaNight, Rain, and NeonLove in BudapestA Curious Faith: The Questions God Asks, We Ask, and We Wish Someone Would Ask UsA New WorldThe Last Five Minutes of a StormThe Twilight VowThe Price of PeaceMaking Mental Might: How to Look Ten Times Smarter Than You AreTap Talk, Tidbits, and Tips for Dilettante Tappers: The World's Only Completely Nonessential Guide to Tap DancingDemon Hunter AcademyBlood and WonderThe Swords of Blood and GoldTil There Was YouHonor for the DeadMadeline's ParkStorm and Solace: A Beauty and the Beast RetellingThe Peculiar Case of the Missing MondrianWired for Success: Practical Philosophies to Master Entrepreneurship & Live Life on Your TermsThe Wolf, The Walnut and The WoodsmanTen Years A Bard: Poetry from the Current Middle AgesGugulu, The Little Bear DaresEverything you always wanted to know about the French* (*but were afraid to ask)The SurvivorsThe War for Reality: Books 1-3 of the BetterWorld Cyberpunk TrilogyRodeHeart of the RoseSnake FoodHenry Bingle's Transformation: A Fable for All AgesIs THAT a Hat?The Internet Moguls of the World: How the Planet's Best Found Their Passion and Never Looked BackAmethystConjure LakeTouchpointsWhat on Earth?: Considering the Social Implications of Jesus' Sermon on the MountBreakdownThreads of Awakening: An American Woman's Journey into Tibet's Sacred Textile ArtThe Man From AfghanistanMumbles of a Soul: Poems, Prose, and ThoughtsJaded HeartsLittle Does She KnowMicrobiology Coloring Book with Facts & MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)Sweet Home ChicagoEric Stanton: Bondage Enthusiasts Bound in Leather [*Expanded Edition*]Dead Wrong: An Ecological ThrillerA Contrite Heart(R)EvolutionA Spell of TroubleEscaping the Other Side of Midnight: The Race to Avert Irreversible Climate ChangeMensch und Kosmos : Die ,Theory of Everything' Vom Lebendigen UniversumTuko's CaveLove Letters to the Earth Vol 1: Welcoming One Home to Their NatureLittle Notes of Anguish and Other PoemsThe Richmond PapersThe Playful Mind: How to Restore the Happiness We Experienced as ChildrenCaptive of the StarsI Love You Just the Way You AreGoing to BeautifulWalking the HallsMidnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler's DaughterThe Villains Who Snapped My Spine: A MemoirBlood and WonderCold HungerSmart Woman's Guide The Money Belief Formula: Mindset + Behavior = Financial Success: Transform Your Habits and Win with WealthThirsty: Reflections on Thirst as a Means of GraceDad Is My Best FriendDeep Water: Murder, Scandal, and Intrigue in Small Town New EnglandThe Tombstone Express: Adventures in Police Motorcycle EscortsThe Tombstone Express: Adventures in Police Motorcycle EscortsTime Travelling to 1982: Reliving a Very Special YearDragonSinJurassic PartsBrandy, You're a Fine GirlThe Joy of MurderI Know What You Need to Succeed: How to Harness the 4 Seasons of Success to Upgrade Your Career and Your LifeThe Heretic's DaughterThe Stench of Fear: A WolfLady Paranormal Adventure NovellaThe Secrets of MarsUncle Jed's SecretGod's Labyrinth of Good and Evil: Encountering the SelfUntil The Cold Is GentleLaela and the MoonlineMidnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler's DaughterThe Entwining ProtocolsThe ValleyFreedom Doesn't GrieveAct Before You OverThink: Make Decisions Easier and Liberate Your MindThe Magical Land of HeartsSunshine and Shadow: Exodus, or The Second TransitThe CouplingPerchance to DreamFire Is the Test of GoldSmart Woman's Guide. The Money Belief Formula: Mindset + Behavior = Financial Success. Transform Your Habits and Win With Wealth

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Akashic Books Arabelle Publishing The Arisson Project
Bellevue Literary Press Bethany House BHC Press
Black Rose Writing BookViewCafe Brazos Press
Broadleaf Books CarTech Books Chosen Books
City Owl Press Consortium Book Sales and Distribution Cresting Wave Publishing
Crystal Peake Publisher Delphinium Books Golden Brick Road Publishing House
Greenleaf Book Group Ha’ikū Press Henry Holt and Company
Hot Tree Publishing Hybrid Sequence Media Identity Publications
Imbrifex Books Islandport Press Mike November Media LLC
NewCon Press Nice Matters Publishing NovelQuest Publications
PublishNation Revell Rootstock Publishing
Sans. PRESS SPANZ2A The Story Plant
Three Rooms Press TouchPoint Press True Crime Seven
Underland Press Unsolicited Press Useful Publishing
Vibrant Publishers WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

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.

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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

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