Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, June 25 – 30, 2013

Here are the most-read stories from the last week in Critical Linking….


This fall a new national “library staff picks list” will debut under the name LibraryReads. All public library staff will be welcome to nominate new adult titles that they have read, loved, and are eager to share with patrons via the website, which will go live today at noon. The ten most frequently recommended titles will be calculated monthly, and beginning this autumn, the resulting list will be publicized and promoted by librarians in branches as well as in patron newsletters, websites, etc.

This sounds great.


Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older.

Before we get too excited about this, remember: many more of those 16-29 year-olds are in school than the over-30 set.


But Sir Mervyn said Jane Austen was the leading candidate to become the next figure on the £10 note, having previously been a reserve choice.

Like Lizzy, Austen might be late to get picked, but come out ahead in the end.


In order to be good at football, I need to focus on what makes me good at football. That’s one of the reasons I wrote the book. Entertainment is good, we need entertainment, but we can’t value it so highly that we lose sight of what makes us great. I’m fully aware doing this book could make me lose my job. Coaches hate distraction.

While I would normally be turned off by a title like Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, I am (as a reader) quite turned on by a football player that has his priorities (mostly) straight.