October 31, 2018
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the LibraryReads Readers' Advisory UnConference in Kansas City, MO. The UnConference brings together Readers' Advisory librarians from across the country for a day-long program of breakout sessions, networking, and inspiring words about the future of RA. An unconference is a more casual approach to the more regimented conference we all know; the sessions are organized based on what the attendees want to talk about that day and everyone has a voice. It was energizing to be in a room full of people who passionately discussed the best ways to provide Readers’ Advisory services to their communities.
The UnConference is organized by LibraryReads, which, as you may know, compiles a monthly list of the top ten new books librarians are most excited about. When I was working in a public library I loved the LibraryReads lists because they provided a quick and easy way to create displays, and they were convenient resources as I would simply hand the list to a patron who was "looking for a good book to read.”
LibraryReads recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and with that milestone, have expanded their list to beyond just ten titles a month to include Hall of Fame authors, which gives library patrons even more authors to try.
At NoveList, we are big fans of LibraryReads and have multiple ways you can help your patrons access these lists of notable titles. In our Awards section you can find every LibraryReads Favorites list, going back to its inception. Is there a book on the list that is checked out at your library? No problem! We have at least three handcrafted recommendations for every pick which should provide your patrons with hours of reading enjoyment as they wait for their hold to arrive.
We also make it very easy for patrons who want to receive the monthly list right in their inbox. Libraries with a subscription to LibraryAware also get a subscription to NextReads, which includes a LibraryReads newsletter patrons can subscribe to. Like all NextReads newsletters, the LibraryReads newsletters link directly to your catalog so patrons can easily place holds.
Looking for bookmarks or other print materials to help show off the LibraryReads picks? Along with the ready-to-go newsletters, LibraryAware also has templates where you can pop in the book jackets and easily create a bookmark or flyer that includes your library's branding.
With five years under its belt, we're looking forward to seeing what LibraryReads does next and are ready to help you find, promote, and share the book lists with your patrons.
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