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Control the Books! (Not really: Information wants to be free.)

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.  This means WVREADS would only be able to get one copy for over 34,000 active users (that is for 66 library systems across the state of WV). Usually the […]

Censor The Books! (Actually Please Don’t…)

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. The OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018. A challenge is […]

Books to Keep You Turning Pages

Page turners…those elusive books that hold your attention to the point of sacrificing precious hours of sleep. If your holiday weekend plans include downtime, consider checking out one of these excellent reads to keep you company.    

Books for the Dog Days of Summer

Just in time for National Dog Day on Monday, August 26th, check out one of these reads! In case you were wondering, the phrase “dog days of summer” refers to the position of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.  It is one of the stars in the constellation Canis Major, or “the Big […]

Travel: Weird and Off-the-Beaten-Path

If you are tired of the typical weekend trip to tourist traps, then you might want to take a look at our collection of weird and off-the-beaten-path travel guides. The Mothman! The World’s Largest Prairie Dog! The Mystery Hole! The Andy Warhol Museum!  Go get ’em!