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Carol Fitzgerald's "Libraries and Librarians Are Endangered Species" piece on The Huffington Post

Friday, June 25, 2010

Libraries and Librarians Are Endangered Species: What You Can Do to Help

In April my mother called to say a cost-cutting move threatened to close my hometown's local library. The town council of Cedar Grove, New Jersey needed to trim the budget by $600,000, and by eliminating library funding council members thought they saw an easy cut. There were no unions to deal with, and the library line item in the budget of $490,000 for the remainder of 2010 was large enough that it could wipe out a huge chunk of the budget deficit. As one councilman noted, the surrounding towns had libraries; people could use those...

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GraphicNovelReporter.com Releases Annual Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer List

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nearly 120 graphic-novel recommendations for readers of all ages this summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-GraphicNovelReporter.com, a leading website for graphic-novel and manga news and reviews, has released its second annual Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer list, a comprehensive collection of titles that will keep comics fans busy throughout the summer. The selections are arranged into five categories for easy reference --- Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Teens, Tweens, and Kids --- ensuring that readers of all ages can easily find books to suit their tastes on this in-depth list.

The selections include books on sale now as well as those being released through Labor Day. "Noting the vitality of this market, we wanted build a comprehensive list of exciting titles for the summer," said John Hogan, Editorial Director of GraphicNovelReporter.com. "We see this as an essential resource not only for readers, but for booksellers and librarians, too."

In all, nearly 120 books are on the list, ranging from thrillers and action titles to memoirs and epic fantasy. These titles will generate a wealth of content on GraphicNovelReporter.com throughout the summer as creator interviews, reviews, and excerpts for these selected books are added in the weeks to come.

The summer list comes on the heels of GraphicNovelReporter.com's recently released Core Graphic Novels list. That list, which helps booksellers navigate the essential graphic-novel titles they should carry in their stores, is divided into four sections: Adults, Teens, and Kids/Tweens. Both the Adults and Teens list have been published on the site, and the Kids/Tweens list will be published later this month. Core manga lists again broken out by age ranges will begin to appear on the site in July and roll out into August.


"This will be a huge summer for the site," said Carol Fitzgerald, President of TheBookReportNetwork.com. "Since launching in December 2008 we have been hitting a consistent stride with our biweekly updates. We are targeting readers who want to know about the best new books being released, librarians and booksellers who need to find the right selection for their patrons and customers and teachers who want to stay on top of what their students will be reading. And from the feedback we see, it's clear that our readers are responding to our mission."

In the fall, GraphicNovelReporter.com will release its annual list of Fall books.

Click here to see the GraphicNovelReporter.com Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer list.

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