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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Carousel Carver IPPY Bronze Medal WinnerDon't miss the new book from Information Today, Inc.'s sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc., winner of the Mid-Atlantic - Best Regional Fiction Bronze medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
"Well-researched, beautifully told."
—Nelson Johnson, Boardwalk Empire

This evocative historical novel tells the story of Giacinto, who emigrates from Italy in 1912 and becomes a carousel carver during the golden age of the craft in America, and Rosa, the eight-year-old orphan girl thrust into his care.

In 1939, with war looming and few new carousels being built, Giacinto leaves Philadelphia for the New Jersey shore, where his wildly popular creations require skilled attention after every summer season. The arrival of Rosa from Italy turns a solitary and predictable middle-aged existence on its head. Discovery, adventure, and danger are all met; youthful imagination brings carved stallions to life; and love blossoms in unexpected places.

The Carousel Carver vividly recreates the world of the immigrant carvers—from the inspiration found in fiery horses, big cats, and children's laughter to the clatter, sawdust, and politics of Philadelphia's bustling multicultural workshops. This is an engaging and insightful tale of tolerance, second chances, and what it means for those once adrift to call America home.

"Buchan treats the past not as a series of events,
but as the blended experiences of real people whose spirits linger."
—Susan Vollenweider, Kansas City Star 
Apple WWDC20: The Platforms Grow and Change
by Justin Hoenke
At the recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC20), the company focused its presentation on multiple platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and iPadOS—and delivered a number of new features, tweaks, and key adjustments that will help every Apple developer and user interact with the world in new and exciting ways.

Weekly News Digests
EveryLibrary Details the Plans for its Library Advocacy and Funding Conference
EveryLibrary announced that its Library Advocacy and Funding Conference (LAFCON), to be held online Sept. 14-16, 2020, will have all pre-recorded sessions to make it easier for anyone around the world to view them at any time of day.
Adam Matthew Rolls Out Archive on British Society in the 1980s
Adam Matthew introduced the first module of its primary source collection, Mass Observation Project: 1981-2009. This social history archive, digitized for the first time, covers topics such as Thatcherism and the AIDS crisis, events such as the royal wedding of Charles and Diana, and "mundane" everyday life in the U.K.
Emerald and ScienceOpen Create Collections Focused on Sustainability and Equality
ScienceOpen and Emerald Publishing partnered to produce three new collections from Emerald that were inspired by the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
TLC Integrates Syndetics Unbound Into its Library Management Software
As of the latest release of Library-Solution, the Library Corp. (TLC) is incorporating ProQuest's Syndetics Unbound catalog enrichment resource into the software "with a deliberate and unique integration, leveraging the enriched elements for both patron discovery and staff usability."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'ALA Summons Support for Library Stabilization Fund Act'
ALA issued a statement praising the introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which aims to "establish a $2 billion fund, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to address financial losses and bolster library services, with priority to the hardest-hit communities. …"

NewsLink Spotlight
Calls for Equity and Diversity at ALA Virtual
by Brandi Scardilli
The ALA Annual Conference is such a massive event that I was skeptical an online version could convey all of its aspects properly. Despite a few technical hiccups in the beginning, I think the organization succeeded admirably with ALA Virtual, held June 24-26.

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