August 15, 2018

Five ways to use themes with your patrons

Have you been using the themes that are now included in NoveList with your patrons yet? If not, or you read that question and thought, “What do they mean by themes?” then now is the time to get started!

July 25, 2018

A Library for All

Part of most libraries’ mission statements is making sure all members of our community feel that the library is a safe and welcome space for them. Here are ten things to consider when making sure your library is a "library for all."   

July 17, 2018

Back to readers’ advisory basics

It’s all of the day-to-day interactions that build the foundation of lofty strategic plans and mission statements. Readers’ advisory makes up a big chunk of those interactions, but it can be daunting to think about readers’ advisory in *too* much of a big picture sense. The readers’ advisory interview. Form-based readers’ advisory. Gah. Kathy Stewart breaks reader's advisory down into its most basic component -- the conversation.

June 27, 2018

Helping libraries act as change agents

Recently, young people across the United States have made headlines with a mix of passion, integrity, and openness about issues ranging from gun violence to the environment to immigration. Their engagement with policies that directly affect their lives has captured and held the world’s attention. Many people have a renewed sense of hope in the next generation, which has led to this refreshing development: young people with informed opinions on the state of society, and grown-ups ready to listen.

May 17, 2018

“I’m looking for a mystery.”

It's a simple request, but I confess -- I was surprised the first time I heard it from a teen reader. In the rapidly expanding and increasingly genre-blended world of YA lit, something as clear-cut as mystery seemed like a throwback to me.

January 23, 2018

Find it in NoveList: Books that foster compassion in children

With bad news filling our social media feeds, reading can offer us a compassion and empathy break. Get some tips for searching NoveList to find books that encourage kindness at every age level. 

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