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April may be halfway over (already?!), but it's still Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we're giving away three copies of AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH by Raun K. Kaufman to some lucky librarians.

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the autism community. So what happened?

Thanks to Son-Rise, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH, Kaufman presents the ground-breaking principles behind Son-Rise and shows how and why the program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. The book also includes clear, practical strategies for working with children that readers can apply immediately—in some cases, parents see a change in their children in as little as one day.

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Autism Breakthrough) by Wednesday, April 30. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

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Sign Up Now: Thrilling Mysteries Booklist Webinar

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Who better to talk about murder and mystery than Talia "the terror" Sherer?

She'll be sharing her favorite forthcoming mysteries at Booklist's "Thrilling Mysteries" webinar on Tuesday, April 29th at 1pm Central. It's going to be killer.

Click here to RSVP. See you there!

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Win a signed copy of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS!

Nick Butler polaroidWe (and many of you) recently had the pleasure of meeting Nickolas Butler at PLA and we learned a few things about him:

1) He was working in a liquor store when he found out he was admitted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop

2) He says "Holy cats!" a lot

3) He's incredibly nice (we expected that from the whole Midwest thing) and well-deserving of the praise for his book, SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

And while we were at PLA, we scored a signed copy of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS for one lucky librarian! So if you missed Nick at PLA, now's your chance to get a signed copy of his book!

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Shotgun Lovesongs) by Sunday, April 6. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 4/14: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Glenna Clark Fallin of West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville, LA!
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Fall 2014 Catalogs Now Available Online!

catalogDear Librarians,

We're delighted to tell you that the Fall 2014 Macmillan catalogs are now available online! And while your browsing our many offerings don’t forget to warmly welcome Entangled, Guinness World Records and Page Street to the Macmillan distribution family!


Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Monday Fun Day with Audio (and Free Stuff!)

Nine Inches jacketStill Foolin Em jacketInfernoAre you in Olympic withdrawal like we are after watching the closing ceremony last night? Don't worry. Our friends at Macmillan Audio have the perfect cure with their second annual LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK OUT campaign, plus a chance to win a Fitbit Flex!

You can join the challenge at and report how many minutes you listened while being active. Enter your time daily, weekly, or whenever you want, but the more often you report, the better chance you'll have to show up in the Top Listeners leaderboard, updated every Monday. Then enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a Fitbit Flex or a prize pack of five audiobooks on CD.

Newsday did a feature on Listen While You Work Out and more media coverage is still to come from Self Magazine (March issue), Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, and the Chicago Tribune!

Want to listen to some samples before joining in? Why not start with these Audie-Award nominated titles from Macmillan Audio (more titles available on SoundCloud):

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer (Fantasy category)

Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (Fiction category)

JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher
Narrated by George Guidall (Fiction category)

THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (History category)

STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM by Billy Crystal (Grammy-nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!)
Narrated by Billy Crystal (Humor and Narration by the Author categories)

Narrated by Judy Kaye (Mystery category)

Narrated by Arthur Bishop (Nonfiction category)

REVIVER by Seth Patrick
Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Paranormal category)

INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by Holter Graham (Paranormal category)

EXTINCTION MACHINE by Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by Ray Porter (Science Fiction category)

NINE INCHES by Tom Perrotta
Narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas (Short Stories/Collections category)

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Win a signed galley of KEEP QUIET!

Keep Quiet jacketFriends, you know we love Lisa Scottoline. Whether it's her Nancy Drew-for-grown-ups Rosato & Associates series, her laugh-out-loud essay collections with daughter Francesca Serritella, or her standalone emotional justice novels, like LOOK AGAIN and DON'T GO, Lisa spins quite a tale.

We're so impressed with her new standalone thriller, KEEP QUIET, that we're giving away three signed galleys to some lucky librarians! Yes, you read that right: SIGNED galleys!

"Scottoline keeps the tension high while portraying a family in turmoil. A heck of a twist ending wraps everything up neatly...and caps a satisfying, suspenseful read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This blend of domestic drama and criminal suspense from bestselling Scottoline is sure to hit the holds lists and may even find her a new audience among fans of issue-driven women’s fiction."
Booklist on KEEP QUIET

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Keep Quiet) by Sunday, March 16. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE: This sweepstakes is now closed. Congratulations to
Kristi Chadwick of Emily Williston Memorial Library & Museum in Easthampton, MA
Erin Cataldi of Johnson County Public Library in New Whiteland, IN
Natalie Jonathas of Chicago Public Library, Chicago IL
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Free Edelweiss/LibraryReads Training Webinar

LibraryReads logoEdelweiss logoAre you new to LibraryReads?
Heard about it but not sure how you can be involved?
Then make sure to attend the free Edelweiss/LibraryReads training webinar on March 5th from 4-5:30 EST!

Hosted by Joe Foster of Edelweiss with Stephanie Anderson of Darien Library, CT and Stephanie Chase of BiblioCommons, you will learn how to:

Find ARCs of new and upcoming titles
Track titles in Edelweiss using tags, collections, shelves, and more
Nominate titles for LibraryReads
Write succinct, compelling reviews
Connect with other librarian users in the Edelweiss Community
And so much more!

Update: the recorded webinar is now available to view online! Click here to watch the presentation.

Additional Edelweiss resources:
Nominating titles for LibraryReads
Edelweiss Community
Downloading and Requesting Digital Review Copies
Downloading to various e-reading devices
Notes, Tags, Etc.
Creating Saved Filter Sets for quicker browsing

If you're a Collection Development librarian:
Creating an order
An “Intro to Buying via Edelweiss” webinar (shows order creation, order
management, etc.)
Exporting orders to B&T’s Title Source 3

Questions? Email Joe Foster at

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Win a copy of HOMEGROWN TEA!

Friends, did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? To celebrate, we're giving away a free early copy of HOMEGROWN TEA: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes by Cassie Liversidge.

For those of you with a green thumb, this beautifully illustrated book shows how to grow rose hips, mint, sage, hibiscus, and lavender–all of the ingredients for your perfect cuppa.

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Homegrown Tea) by Friday, January 31, with your favorite tea. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 2/3: This sweepstakes is now closed. Congratulations to Joanna Goldfarb, Youth Services Librarian at Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, NY!

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Cooking & Crafting 2013 - MONSTER KNITS!

Calling all crafty librarians! You know who you are. This one's for experienced knitters who want to make adorable winter wear for their little ones. We are in looove with MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay--just look at the precious little Yoda-like guy on the cover!

Unfortunately, Anne doesn't know how to knit, so she can't demonstrate this one for you. (She's more of a counted cross-stitch kind of gal.) But if you do, you'll find a treasure trove of goodies here: an adorable monster hat, gloves, and socks with little claws!
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Click here to download a PDF of the "little monster" hat, mitten & bootie project.

If someone knits these for us in a grown-up size we'll be your best friends forever. Remember, Anne can trade for cookies.

Happy crafting and don't forget that from now through December 15 you can enter to win MONSTER KNITS and a bundle of other cooking and crafting books! Read on for more info.

UPDATE 12/16: Congratulations to our winners, Sarah Bourg of Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero, IN and Pam Aghababian of Ashland Public Library in Ashland, MA!

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While Anne's Away...

In addition to reading recommendations for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday -- here's a reminder on how to get pre-approved on Edelweiss for Macmillan e-galleys:

To get Whitelisted on Edelweiss*:

1. Register for Edelweiss with your library-issued e-mail address.
2. Send Anne an email that includes the e-mail address you registered with, your full name, and your current library (subject: Edelweiss).
3. Wait for Anne to send you a confirmation message, then download to your heart's delight and nominate titles you love for LibraryReads

*Whitelisting is only available to librarians currently employed in the U.S.

Already whitelisted and ready to read? Great! Here are some of Anne’s favorite Spring 2014 titles:

If you were moved by Ishmael Beah’s memoir, A LONG WAY GONE, read his first novel, RADIANCE OF TOMORROW

If you loved “Fatal Attraction” and “Unfaithful,” read APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty

If you dig heartfelt love stories with a dose of Southern charm, read LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen (just have a tissue handy)

If you’re a fan of Richard Yates’s A GOOD SCHOOL and other literary coming-of-age stories, read THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS by Charles Finch

If you have a need for speed when you read (think Robert Ludlum’s Bourne books), don’t miss RUNNER by Patrick Lee

If you don’t mind gory mysteries with a touch of dark history, check out WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke

If you can’t get enough of Indiana Jones-like capers, read THE BLOOD OF ALEXANDER by Tom Wilde

If you like your mysteries inspired by real-life events, read PROVIDENCE RAG by Bruce DeSilva

If you enjoyed Irène Némirovsky’s SUITE FRANCAISE, check out another posthumously discovered masterwork: EXILES RETURN by Elisabeth de Waal

If you enjoy Elizabeth Strout, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jojo Moyes, read MIMI MALLOY, AT LAST! by Julia MacDonnell

If you’re a fan of Anita Shreve and Richard Russo, read THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene. Fun fact: it already has a starred pre-publication review from Library Journal

If you like stories about everlasting friendship, music, and going home again, read SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler

If you like unreliable narrators, read THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry

If you loved Michael Faber’s THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, read SEDITION by Katharine Grant

If you desperately need to know how the Tempest trilogy ends, read TIMESTORM by Julie Cross. It comes highly recommended by Stephanie Wilkes!

If you’re looking for THE next must-read for teens, check out THE HAVEN by librarian favorite, award-winning and critically acclaimed author, Carol Lynch Williams

Anne is now officially outta here and on the road! In the next few days you will find her assisting the academic marketing group at NCTE in Boston. If you’re there too - stop by booth #811-813 and give her a high-five and HUG. Then she'll be off cooking and crafting and hopefully sharing all of her creations with you! (She sees a lot of mug cakes in your future).

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