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Monday, January 07, 2019

Artful Fiction

The GMILCS consortium of libraries in southern NH, of which Nesmith Library is a part, offers eBooks and eAudiobooks through a service called CloudLibrary. (The learn more, click here.) GMILCs member libraries each have a representative on an eBook committee that is responsible for spending money allocated for CloudLibrary content.

The committee does its best to keep up with items in high demand--the things everyone wants to read right now--so a good portion of our funds go to buying multiple copies of "hot" items to fill holds. After 6 months or so, demand generally drops off and we are left with multiple copies in our collection that don't get utilized. There are also items we bought initially for our base collection when we started in 2013, which tend to be available because everyone wants something from the bestsellers list.

The committee, beside ordering books, also maintains several browsing shelves on the CloudLibrary app. These shelves contain newly purchased items or items that have been collected around a theme. Last week I put up a shelf I titled "Artful Fiction." On the shelf you'll find novels that feature artists or art-related themes.

It's an interesting collection and I thought I'd share it here, in case you're not an eBook reader and so won't come across it. Here are ten titles from the shelf (there are 25 in total). These ten are found, in hard copy, on our real library shelves:

The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro [F SHA].

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant [F DUN].

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman [F RAC]

Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell [F BLA]

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland. [F VRE]

The Muralist by Barbara A. Shapiro [F SHA].

The Muse by Jessie Burton [F BUR].

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (by Ace Atkins) [F PAR].

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts [F ROB]

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud [F MES].

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