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The Aesthetics of Russian Libraries Is Causing Their Visitors To Dwindle

Nuneaton Library

 Councillor Pete Gilbert, Conservative county councillor for Bedworth West, says libraries that look like car parks are not helping halt the slump in visitor numbers across Warwickshire.  He continues to say” the biggest damage that we’ve caused ourselves is the knocking or pulling down of beautiful buildings that lived and breathed books and building these Soviet-looking flat roofed things that don’t inspire anybody.”

On the other hand in contrast to that, the county was among the best when it came to digital visits with eBook and eAudio downloads at an all-time high. 


Libraries Awarded For Best Architectural Design

Laurel Branch Library, Largo, Md., designed by Grimm + Parker Architects (Photo: Sam Kittner via AIA

Photo: Nic Lehoux via AIA

Photo: Chuck Choi Photography via AIA

Photo: Chuck Choi Photography via AIA

Photo: Sam Kittner via AIA

Photo: Eric Staudenmaier via AIA

hoto: Lara Swimmer via AIA


Books For 2018

An American Marriage
Tayari Jones, 2018
The Wife Between Us
Everything Here Is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee, 2018
The Female Persuasion
Meg Wolitzer, 2018
Red Clocks
Leni Zumas, 2018
The Woman in the Window: A Novel
A. J. Finn, 2018
Still Me
Jojo Moyes, 2018
Neon in Daylight: A Novel
Hermione Hoby, 2018
Beneath the Sugar Sky
Seanan McGuire, 2018
Fire and Fury
Michael Wolff, 2018
Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel
Reign of the Fallen
Sarah Glenn Marsh, 2018
Grist Mill Road: A Novel
Christopher J. Yates, 2018
The English Wife: A Novel
Lauren Willig, 2018
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
The House of Impossible Beauties
Joseph Cassara, 2018
This Could Hurt
Jillian Medoff, 2018
The Girls in the Picture
Melanie Benjamin, 2018
The Chalk Man
C. J. Tudor, 2018

United States Library Of Congress-Carla Hayden

Tianjin China Library Defends Use Of Fake Books

The deputy director of the futuristic six-story library in the coastal city of Tianjin – designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV China has defended the building’s design. Reports about it went viral when it was revealed that many of its “books” were actually only images printed on the walls.

The library soon was the talk on the internet after photographs of its interior and white floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the main entrance hall circulated on social media.

However, the euphoria was short lived with stories about its “fake books” soon making headlines around the world.

Tianjin Binhai Library, deputy director told Agence France-Presse that the mix-up was because authorities approved by the plan stating that the atrium would be used for circulation, sitting, reading and discussion, but omitted a request to store books on shelves. therefore they can only use the hall for the purposes for which it has been approved.

The library has about 200,000 books stored and hopes to house 1.2 million volumes in the future. About 15,000 visitors flocked to the library over the weekend

James Comey New Book



National Book Awards Finalist



“Dark at the Crossing” by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

“The Leavers” by Lisa Ko (Algonquin Books)

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)

“Her Body and Other Parties: Stories” by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)


“Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (37 Ink)

“The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” by Frances FitzGerald(Simon & Schuster)

“The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” by MashaGessen (Riverhead)

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (Doubleday)

“Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” by Nancy MacLean (Viking)


“Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“The Book of Endings” by Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press)

“Whereas” by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press)

“In the Language of My Captor” by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press)

“Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems” by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)


“What Girls Are Made Of” by Elana K. Arnold (Carolrhoda Lab)

“Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway (HarperTeen)

“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)

American Street” by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray)

See the long lists in young people’s literature, poetry, nonfiction and fiction.

The fundraising gala where the winners will be announced takes place Nov. 15 in New York.

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