July 27, 2017

Excited about Book Club Central? We are too!

ALA recently launched Book Club Central with Stephanie Powell Watts’ debut novel No One is Coming to Save Us. Snag a few tips for promoting Book Club Central in your library.

June 28, 2017

Build a better book club: conversation starters

Great book club conversations happen when readers take elements of a book to heart, and feel empowered to share and compare their reading experiences together.

June 6, 2017

Build a better world this summer

Each year, librarians anxiously await to hear what this year's Collaborative Summer Library Theme (CSLP) will be. This year's theme, Build a Better World, is a little more abstract than usual and open to interpretation. It could mean so many things, from activism to construction to technology or engineering.

May 10, 2016

On your mark, get set…read!

Ah, yes, it's the beginning of May, and we know that summer reading is on your mind. It's the busiest time of the year, and soon, patrons will be coming in wanting books for road trips, summer vacations on the beach, and the loooong stretch when many kids are out of school.

April 22, 2016

How trends become NextReads themes

Professional journals stream across my desk all month long, while emails flow constantly into my inbox, and they’re all doing the same thing – talking about upcoming books. Whether they’re offering reviews (Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, etc.), or promoting a book or three (Random House), or relaying reader insight (Book Riot), they and all the other resources I use provide a glut of information about what’s being published.

March 30, 2016

The (Soft) Launch of Book Squad

As with many offices, the conversations at the water cooler (or the coffee maker, in our case) often revolve around what movies we’ve seen, what TV shows we’re watching, or what books we’re reading. But we’re lucky -- when we go back to our desks, we still get to think, and talk, and write, about the books.