The next Library Libations will be on Saturday, October 3 at The Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. It’s all-you-can bowl from 7:00-10:00 for $10.00/person. Enjoy a night hanging out with some of your fellow librarians. Full bar and food available. A representative of the Maine Library Assocaition (MLA) and NELA will also be there to answer any questions you may have about these organizations and their upcoming conferences. Please RSVP to Michelle at [email protected].
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is working to finalize our numbers for 2014 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible.
We would greatly appreciate if you could send us any information on challenges in your state or region that you are aware of from 2014. The final deadline for reporting 2014 challenges to OIF is Friday, February 27, 2015. Even if you think we probably already know about it, send it to us anyways. Or maybe there are more details we can add to our database. Many times the status is left unknown because the case was reported before there was a resolution. So updates are also encouraged.
Challenges reported to ALA by individuals are kept confidential and we will cross-check your report with existing entries in the database to avoid duplications. You may report challenges by filling out and submitting the database form available in a variety of formats at www.ala.org/challengereporting. If you have any questions at all, please contact [email protected] Please share with your library listservs.
Many thanks for all of your help and support!
Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association l 50 E. Huron St. l Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-4221 l (800) 545-2433 x4221 toll-free l (312) 280-4227 fax
Posting on behalf of The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries
Widen the Lens – on Libraries, Healthcare, Patients and Research!
The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries annual conference come to Maine in 2014.
SAVE THESE DATES!
October 19 – 21, 2014
Conference to be held at the Magnificent Samoset Resort in Stunning Rockport, Maine
See Conference and Accommodations Details at: http://nahsl.libguides.com/nahsl2014
Our 2013 Annual Conference was full of fantastic programs. If you were unable to attend a session or would like to access the handouts or presentations, we’ve made them available online at http://conference.nelib.org.
Join us on Saturday, October 26 for a two-hour cocktail cruise. A shuttle service from the conference hotel to the dock will begin running at 4:15 pm and the cruise will depart at 5 pm. The cruise costs $55. There will be an open bar with complimentary snacks.
Maine Library Association, in cooperation with New England Library Association, has planned several special events to show off the many attractions of Maine’s largest city. Our thanks to MLA and the Portland Public Library for their work on this effort.
COME EARLY FOR SATURDAY EVENTS
Staff-guided tours of the recently renovated Portland Public Library will be offered on Saturday at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
A two hour cocktail cruise sails at 5:00 pm from the Casco Bay Lines docks. You may drive to the dock area, or take our shuttle
service from the hotel beginning at 4:15 pm. Complimentary snacks accompany the cash bar, and we should be able to see the sunset over the water.
Dinner on your own in the waterfront area is an excellent option following the cruise. We will offer a list of suggested restaurants near the dock. The shuttle bus will run until 9:00 pm, picking up at the Casco Bay Lines stop. It is about a 15 minute walk to the hotel, partially up hill. You can also hail a taxi for a reasonably priced ride of about a mile.
The early morning Limber Librarian features a historic walk led by a librarian/fitness specialist from Falmouth Public Library. A similar walk in a different neighborhood will be conducted n Tuesday morning.
The new Portland Public Library bookmobile will be parked at the hotel for your inspection from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Following the afternoon programs we will depart by shuttle bus for a reception at Portland Public Library, to include the NELA Games and an opportunity to view the traveling retrospective collection of 50 art works by Maurice Sendak with quotes from those inspired by his work, in the 50th anniversary year of the publication of Where the Wild Things Are.
The Dine-Around will depart from Portland Public Library at approximately 7:00 pm, either on foot or by shuttle bus depending on the distance to your chosen restaurant. Each group will be hosted by a staffer from Portland Public Library. Sign up for this event at the Registration Desk.
An alternative evening event is the Pub Crawl, featuring a series of craft beers and lighter food selections. It will travel on foot, working its way back to the hotel with four refreshing stops along the way. Sign up at the Registration Desk for this also.
Stay Tuned for our Tuesday, October 22nd Lunch Speaker–John Searles!
Sharyn Rosenblum, 212.207.7470/[email protected]
Abigail Tyson, 212.207.7692/[email protected]
Two Sisters. One Dark Secret.
From critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John Searles comes a riveting, chilling new novel about what one girl will do to find the truth
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
“Searles has a knack for building tension…a well-paced journey, wrapped in a mystery, that will keep readers guessing until the revealing conclusion.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I was completely consumed by HELP FOR THE HAUNTED; I read it in one sitting. John Searles has drawn a delicate portrait of the gap between what we know to be true, and what we desperately want to believe.
— Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller
“John Searles has given us something wonderful with HELP FOR THE HAUNTED. A coming of age tale that is poignant and touching…and will scare the living hell out of you. I just may never go downstairs into my basement again.”
— Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Light in the Ruins
“A quickly paced and boldly rendered ghost story, Searles’s dark novel about a young girl haunted by the murder of her parents had me up reading all night. And checking the doors. I found it impossible to put down.”
— Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House
“HELP FOR THE HAUNTED grabs you by the throat in the opening chapter, and shakes you to the core… This is edge-of-your-seat reading of a very high quality, and, be warned, it is seriously spine-tingling.”
— Robert Goolrick, bestselling author of A Reliable Wife
The author of the critically acclaimed Boy Still Missing and Strange but True returns with HELP FOR THE HAUNTED (William Morrow; On-sale September 17, 2013; Hardcover; $26.99; ISBN: 9780060779634), an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.
It begins with a call in the middle of snowy February evening. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation, helping “haunted souls” find peace. And yet, something in Sylvie senses that this call is different than the rest, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church’s red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep only to wake to the sound of gunfire.
– MORE –
Nearly a year later, we meet Sylvie again struggling with the loss of her parents, and living in the care of her older sister, Rose, who may be to blame for what happened the previous winter.
As the story moves back and forth in time, through the years leading up to the crime and the months following, the ever inquisitive and tender-hearted Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family’s past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years.
Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, HELP FOR THE HAUNTED is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world. From the very first page, it takes readers on a captivating journey, told in the heartbreakingly resonant voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about her family and what went wrong one snowy winter night.
John Searles is the author of the best-selling novels Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. For ten years, John has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s The Early Show. He is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications. He lives in New York City. Follow John on Twitter: @searlesbooks.
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
by John Searles
William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On-Sale: September 17, 2013