November 7, 2019

Books for neighbors

It’s been more than 50 years since the debut of the beloved PBS television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but the soft-spoken Pennsylvanian’s enduring legacy has continued to move fans of the show for generations.

September 13, 2019

Supernatural reads

The record-breaking television series Supernatural is launching its final season, and fans are bracing for final goodbyes. Saying farewell is bittersweet, but brothers Sam and Dean Winchester deserve retirement more than any other hunky monster-battling duo we know. Maybe they’ll finally have time to settle back with a good book?

July 22, 2019

Search alerts turn Stranger Things into readers’ advisory

Harnessing what else is going on in your readers’ lives can make for effective readers’ advisory. Some readers make it easy by asking their favorite librarian -you- about a book they might have heard about during an NPR driveway moment or while watching their fave news show. 

July 9, 2019

Books for mermaids

Disney’s live-action remake of 1989’s The Little Mermaid won’t be ready for quite a while, and that may leave fans feeling adrift in the meanwhile. Try luring them in with sea-sational books for, and about, mermaids! Here are a few of my favorites for adult readers, and the searches I used to find them in NoveList.

July 2, 2019

Stranger Reads

The biggest weekend of the summer is here, for those of you who are stateside. And that means our favorite adventurous D&D playing, mall-shopping, monster-killing crew from Hawkins, Indiana are back for one more season of horror and delight. So what would we recommend to these characters of Stranger Things (and the swashbucklers in your library, too)? This list is for you.

June 11, 2019

The Nuclear Option

Wondering which Chernobyl characters were based on real people and what their fates were? Thinking about what it was like to work as a scientist behind the Iron Curtain? Curious about other nuclear disasters or industrial accidents? If you or your patrons have questions, we can help.