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15 Ways to Makeover Your RA (Part 2)

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Posted January 27, 2015 in Readers' Advisory News

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In Part 1 of this three-part series, we tossed out 5 tips to help inspire you to give the RA services at your library a makeover. Leading up the RA Makeover webcast on February 10, we'll continue posting a series of 15 ideas, tips, and tidbits of inspiration to help you make 2015 your best year for readers' advisory yet. Ready for Part 2? 

  1. Partner with the book clubs in your community by offering to host "Booked for Dessert" nights in your library. Provide sweet refreshments, coffee, and a cozy place to talk books! Bonus: create a display out the titles your affiliated book clubs are reading. Partner with the book clubs in your community by offering to host "Booked for Dessert" nights in your library. Provide sweet refreshments, coffee, and a cozy place to talk books! Bonus: create a display out the titles your affiliated book clubs are reading; not only will it increase your circulation, but it will promote your book club too!

  2. Host a Book Bites reading group. Patrons bring in what they've been reading, give a brief synopsis, and tell whether or not they'd recommend it. Bonus: Have a staff member take note of the titles patrons bring in, and turn that list into a Book Bites Newsletter other patrons can subscribe to. It's a great way to increase your circulation AND bring in more participants. (Hint: creating newsletters is easy to do in LibraryAware!)

  3. Put up chalkboard signs next to a book display and ask readers to write their own comments on some of the books, make recommendations, and share their reading experience.

  4. Go beyond themed displays and set out a "Best Bets" cart in a location with lots of foot traffic. Put out titles with a wide appeal for patrons on the run.

  5. Pull out the full potential of your NextReads newsletters by using them to create displays, printable book lists, bookmarks, shelf signage, reading maps, and more! 

Look for the rest of our fresh and spicy RA ideas in the coming weeks, and if you want to share some of your own tweet us @NoveListRA and use the hashtag #RAMakeover.