December 28, 2018

Readers’ advisory resolutions for the new year

It’s the start of a new year and you’re probably either making resolutions or telling everyone who asks that you *don’t* make resolutions. I fall somewhere in between, setting intentions—which are really resolutions that feel less resolute. Every year, since the beginning of my library career, I’ve set an intention to be a better readers’ advisor and come up with a couple of strategies to do that. If you’ve also set resolutions to become a better readers’ advisor in 2019 and are looking for strategies, let me take you on a tour of the resources NoveList has to help you. 

December 27, 2018

Matching YA biographies with teen readers

If you work in public libraries, you're probably familiar with the habits of adult biography readers. Adult biography readers typically know what they like, and they're not shy about asking for it. The same can't be said for teens, however. Young adult biographies can be inventive, affirming, mind-blowing, heartbreaking, or young adult biographies can be inventive, affirming, mind-blowing, heartbreaking, or inspiring (sometimes all at once!), but it may take a little extra effort to match them with the right readers. 

December 20, 2018

LibraryReads and NoveList team up to offer genre education

LibraryReads and NoveList have partnered on a series of genre webinars in 2019. We think of the series as a 101 crash course for some of the more popular genres, designed to give librarians a sense of why readers are drawn to the genre; some tips for talking with fans; key books in the genre to know; sub-genres and crossover titles to keep in mind; and tips for searching NoveList for themes, appeal terms, and genre information and more. 

December 17, 2018

Resolve to make social posts easier in 2019

Finding relevant content for your social channels can be a challenge. LibraryAware makes things easy with “ready-to-post” items *and* a quick way to schedule them now for the year ahead. A little effort now will make your job easier in 2019. Here’s how to do it in 4 quick and easy steps.

Event Date: January 15, 2019

Webinar: Why Read Science Fiction and How to Help Those That Do

Are you intimidated at the thought of helping science fiction readers? Whether your readers are fans of dystopian reads (like the Divergent series) or Afrofuturism works (like the Broken Earth novels), let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best science fiction has to offer your readers—from alien invasions to weird science.

December 11, 2018

Steal this idea: Express Checkout Promotions

Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, is one of three recipients of the Engaging Readers at Your Public Library grant. Earlier this year, CKPL completed a four-month campaign to engage patrons and energize staff in reading, watching, learning and playing with CKPL’s collections. We recently chatted with Manager of Support Services Heidi Wyma about one of the innovative ideas her library tested during this campaign that you might want to try at your library.

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