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Monday, April 16, 2018

Hot This Week: April 16

The comedy Father Figures leads this week's two movie newcomers, but can't quite overtake Jumanji for the top spot. The Weeknd's surprise six-song EP tops the music chart. The fiction list sees four new titles make the list, the top two and bottom two, headlined by the latest from the always-popular Mary Higgins Clark, while two new titles make the list in non-fiction as well.

Movies
  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Father Figures (Blu-ray)
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Justice League (Blu-ray)
  5. Insidious: The Last Key (Blu-ray)
  6. Ferdinand (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Pitch Perfect 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Thor: Ragnarok (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Downsizing (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Coco (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy
  2. Rich the Kid, The World Is Yours
  3. Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Black Panther: The Album
  6. Migos, Culture II
  7. Post Malone, Stoney
  8. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  9. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  10. Hayley Kiyoko, Expectations
Fiction
  1. I've Got My Eyes on You, Mary Higgins Clark
  2. The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer
  3. The Disappeared, C.J. Box
  4. Red Alert, James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  5. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  6. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  7. Accidental Heroes, Danielle Steel
  8. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  9. Varina, Charles Frazier
  10. Cave of Bones, Anne Hillerman
Non-Fiction 
  1. Dear Madam President, Jennifer Palmieri
  2. Russian Roulette, Michael Isikoff and David Corn
  3. Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
  4. Make Trouble, Cecile Richards and Lauren Peterson
  5. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  7. Our 50-State Border Crisis, Howard Buffett
  8. This Is Me, Chrissy Metz
  9. Educated, Tara Westover
  10. Faith, Jimmy Carter

Monday, April 9, 2018

Hot This Week: April 9

The top newcomer in movies this week is the latest installment in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel trilogy. In music, Jack White's new album tops the chart. A new thriller from C.J. Box tops three new novels on the fiction list, while four new non-fiction titles include a biography of Tiger Woods and a rumination on faith from former President Jimmy Carter.

Movies
  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Justice League (Blu-ray)
  3. Ferdinand (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Pitch Perfect 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Downsizing (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The Shape of Water (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Coco (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Acts of Violence (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Jack White, Boarding House Reach
  2. Black Panther: The Album
  3. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  4. Migos, Culture II
  5. Post Malone, Stoney
  6. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  7. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  8. Camila Cabello, Camila
  9. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Fiction
  1. The Disappeared, C.J. Box
  2. Red Alert, James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  3. Accidental Heroes, Danielle Steel
  4. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  5. To Die But Once, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  7. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  8. The Punishment She Deserves, Elizabeth George
  9. The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer
  10. The Rising Sea, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Non-Fiction
  1. Russian Roulette, Michael Isikoff and David Corn
  2. This Is Me, Chrissy Metz
  3. Dear Madam President, Jennifer Palmieri
  4. Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
  5. Educated, Tara Westover
  6. Faith, Jimmy Carter
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  9. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  10. Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker

Friday, April 6, 2018

April Is National Poetry Month

Written by Jon Williams

Each year since 1996, April has been designated as National Poetry Month in the United States. The Academy of American Poets was inspired by such successful and inspirational celebrations like Black History Month and Women’s History Month, and set up their own month-long event to encourage poetry appreciation. In one sense, poetry is something of a universal art form—who hasn’t tried their hand at writing a few lines of verse, or even just appreciated the lyrics of a good song? And yet, somehow, it has grown neglected: a 2012 survey indicated that less than 7% of Americans had read a poem in the past year, down from 17% in 1992.

National Poetry Month aims to change that, and while the next survey from the National Endowment for the Arts is still a few years away, there’s some hope that the trend is turning the opposite direction. One of the drivers has been social media, where the popular poet Rupi Kaur began working before publishing her debut collection, milk and honey, in 2014. It’s a similar story for Amanda Lovelace, who debuted with 2016’s The Princess Saves Herself in This One and followed it up earlier this year with The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One. These women have placed their books on national bestseller lists and amassed millions of followers, following a trail blazed in part by Lang Leav, who published Love & Misadventure in 2013 and has followed it up with several more collections and a novel.

There are plenty of other contemporary poets your patrons might like to sample. Why not start with the U.S. Poet Laureate? Tracy K. Smith took over that post in September of 2017, and her latest collection, Wade in the Water, was published this week. She took over for Juan Felipe Herrera, who had held the post since 2015. Other current poets of note include Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles, and Kwame Alexander, to name just a very few.

For those patrons who prefer the classics, well, where do we begin? Possibly with Homer, and The Iliad and The Odyssey. Beowulf. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Shakespeare’s sonnets. Milton’s Paradise Lost. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and T.S. Eliot. Jack Kerouac and the Beat poets. Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. How’s that for running the gamut? This mere handful of names should illustrate just how fine and varied poetry is as an art form, the legacy that the contemporary poets named above are carrying on.

We know there are a ton of wonderful poets and poems that we had to leave out, so please, let us know some of your favorites and what’s popular at your library. In the meantime, be sure to stock up on plenty of poetry audiobooks for your patrons to enjoy this month and all year long. Also, if your library is a hoopla partner, make sure your patrons know about the collections our team has put together to celebrate National Poetry Month, in both audiobook and eBook formats. Those titles, like all titles on hoopla, are available to library cardholders 24/7, with no holds and no late fees.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hot This Week: April 2

Welcome to April! The new month brings with it a slew of new movies to the hot list, led by the blockbuster Jumanji follow-up and including the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water. New albums from the Decemberists and Scotty McCreery break onto the music chart, while Metallica's tour brings their most recent album back into the spotlight. Bestselling author Danielle Steel's new novel wins the week in fiction alongside three other new titles, while a new title from religious scholar Bart D. Ehrman joins the non-fiction list.

Movies
  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Justice League (Blu-ray)
  3. Pitch Perfect 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ferdinand (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Thor: Ragnarok (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Downsizing (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Shape of Water (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Coco (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Daddy's Home 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. I, Tonya (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  2. Black Panther: The Album
  3. Migos, Culture II
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Scotty McCreery, Seasons Change
  6. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  7. The Decemberists, I'll Be Your Girl
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  10. Camila Cabello, Camila
Fiction
  1. Accidental Heroes, Danielle Steel
  2. The Punishment She Deserves, Elizabeth George
  3. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  4. The Rising Sea, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  5. The Bishop's Pawn, Steve Berry
  6. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  7. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  8. The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer
  9. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  10. Covert Game, Christine Feehan
Non-Fiction
  1. Russian Roulette, Michael Isikoff and David Corn
  2. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  5. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  6. Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker
  7. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  8. The Triumph of Christianity, Bart D. Ehrman
  9. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  10. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hot This Week: March 26

A couple of acclaimed movies join this week's list in I, Tonya and The Disaster Artist. A new solo album from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne tops the music chart with new albums from classic artists Judas Priest and Jimi Hendrix as well. A new NUMA adventure from Clive Cussler and Graham Brown tops the fiction list, while a new investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 U.S. election edges Fire & Fury down to #2 in non-fiction.


Movies
  1. Thor: Ragnarok (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Coco (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. I, Tonya (Blu-ray)
  4. Murder on the Orient Express (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Daddy's Home 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Wonder (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The Disaster Artist (Blu-ray)
  9. Lady Bird (Blu-ray)
  10. Darkest Hour (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. David Byrne, American Utopia
  2. Black Panther: The Album
  3. Judas Priest, Firepower
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Migos, Culture II
  6. Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky
  7. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Fiction
  1. The Rising Sea, Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  2. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  3. The Escape Artist, Brad Meltzer
  4. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  5. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  6. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  7. The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian
  8. Caribbean Rim, Randy Wayne White
  9. Fifty Fifty, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jason Fry
Non-Fiction
  1. Russian Roulette, Michael Isikoff and David Corn
  2. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  6. Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker
  7. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  10. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah