What were some of the best books of 2014? The New York Times Book Review has released its picks of the 100 Notable Books of the year. If those titles are too “literaryish” for you, please consider the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by the readers of goodreads.com. Several of my favorites including the Martian by Andy Weir and Landline by Rainbow Rowell are included.

Either way you go, we have many of the titles at the LME Library. You use the new library catalog to search for both print and ebook editions or you can limit to just the ebook or print edition. So what are you waiting for? Ring in the new year with your new favorite book!

Addition on 12/10/14:  earlyword.com has added several of the best (and worst) to their New Best Books Lists post

Don't miss our Fiber Arts Show at the LME Library from November 17-December 13

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that users understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. 

Here’re some Google resources to make you searching easier:

Google Advance search at http://www.google.com/advanced_search. Makes searching easier by providing hints such as using proximity operators or phrase searching. (Limiting by page type--.edu/.gov is also helpful!)

Google Search lessons at http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html This series of lessons is specifically designed to help you guide students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

Google A Day Challenges at http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html#challenges A Google A Day challenges help students put their search skills to the test, and to get users engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial, or even dangerous.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. According to ALA’s OIF, for every banned book reported, there are many more that are not.

“Our most basic freedom in a democratic society is our first amendment right of the freedom to read,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Banned Books Week is an opportunity for all of us – community residents, librarians, authors and educators – to stand together protecting this fundamental right for everyone and for future generations. We can never take this precious right for granted.”

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People For the American Way and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website or bannedbooksweek.org.