Dear Hurley Historian,Welcome to the June 2016 State of the Thing! We’re celebrating Pride this month, plus we’ve got a TinyCat webinar tomorrow
, or you can check out TinyCat (and say hi to LT staff) at ALA Annual later this week.
If you’d rather receive a plain-text version, edit your email preferences. You can also read it online. Our State of the Thing archive lives here.
You can like LibraryThing on Facebook and follow @LibraryThing on Twitter and LibraryThing on Tumblr for up-to-the-minute site news and updates.
Check out TinyCat, the online catalog for “tiny” libraries, at our freeTinyCat webinar tomorrow: Wednesday, June 22 at 1pm Eastern (US). No registration necessary. Simply head over to this link at that time, and you’ll be all set.
» TinyCat Webinar tomorrow
If you can’t make it, don’t worry. We’re also happy to answer your TinyCat questions via email at any time: email@example.com. Stay tuned to ourFacebook and Twitter pages for more webinar announcements.
ALA Annual 2016
Hey, librarians! Are you headed to Orlando later this week for the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting? So are we! Stop by Booth #2013 to say hi to the team, and check out what LibraryThing for Libraries’ catalog enhancements can do for your OPAC. We’ll also be showing off demos of TinyCat.
You can grab a free exhibits-only pass here. Stop by! We’d love to see you.
In honor of the month of Pride, and the family, friends, and victims of recent events in Orlando, we’re encouraging our members to show their support. Our blog post has just a few ways you can help: ways to donate, memorialize, things to read. We’d also love to hear your ideas over on Talk.
LGBT+ Legacy Library project ideas have sprung up as well—let’s keep ’em coming! E.M. Forster is on the horizon in the next few months. It’s a bit of a local project, given that not all of the catalog is readily available online, but stay tuned to This Talk thread for updates on how you can help.
Back in February, we began work on Louis Armstrong’s personal library. We’re pleased to report the legendary jazz trumpeter’s library is complete, and fully cataloged on LibraryThing. See what books you have in common with Satchmo, and browse his library here here.
Talk of the Thing
Is it harder to be transported by a book you as you get older? Even for lifelong readers like most LTers, our reading lives can change as we age. Reading speed, and even the amount of time we have in our days to read have an obvious impact on the experience. Taking off from a New York Times article, come explore this question with us.
Cool titles. Maybe the book wasn’t for you after all, but you still appreciated the title. Maybe you’ve never even read the book, but saw it on a shelf and can’t get the title out of your head. Add to the list of cool titles here.
Free Books: Early Reviewers
You are not currently signed up for LibraryThing’s Early Reviewersprogram. You are missing out!
Early Reviewers offers free books to members—about 100 titles a month! Since 2007, we’ve given out over 160,000 books. The catch? Publishes want your honest review. How you review a book won’t help or hurt your chances of winning books in the future, but not reviewing your winning will.
» Sign up for Early Reviewers
The June batch of Early Reviewers books contains 3,355 copies of 126 different titles. The deadline to request a free book is Monday, June 27th at 6pm, Eastern. Look for the July batch around the 5th.
The most requested books so far from the June batch:
More free books: Member Giveaways
At any given time, there are hundreds of books available from our Member Giveaways program. It’s like Early Reviewers, but isn’t limited to select publishers—any author or member can post books. Request books, or offer your own!
Hot titles this month
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
That’s it for this month. I’ll see you all in July!
Questions, comments, ideas? Send them my way.
WHY YOU GOT THIS: At some point you signed up for LibraryThing’s monthly “State of the Thing” email. If you’d like to unsubscribe, edit your profile preferences.