Librarians honor 'Forgotten Waltz,' 'Catherine the Great'

2012-06-25T13:17:00Z 2012-07-14T20:09:14Z Librarians honor 'Forgotten Waltz,' 'Catherine the Great'BY JANE HENDERSON > Post-Dispatch Book Editor • jhenderson@post-dispatch.com stltoday.com

The American Library Association honored Anne Enright’s novel "The Forgotten Waltz" and Robert K. Massie’s biography "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" with its new Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The selections were announced during the librarians' conference in Anaheim, Calif. The conference ends Tuesday. 

On Sunday, the libraries were to hear from Lee Rainie about his new Pew Internet study about e-books and library lending. On Friday, it released a news statement that said libraries were working hard to let people know they are trying to deal with e-book issues:

“While more than three-quarters of U.S. public libraries now offer e-books (76 percent, compared with 38 percent only five years ago), many people are not yet aware of this service. Clearly there is an opportunity here for us to step up our outreach and increase public awareness of all the 21st century services our libraries have to offer readers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and dreamers. ALA and libraries welcome this challenge.”

 

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