February 6, 2019

Where there’s smoke, there’s FYRE

It's been almost two years since the notorious — and endlessly memed — Fyre Festival debacle, but the hits just keep on coming. In January, both Netflix and Hulu delved into the drama with their own buzzy documentaries chronicling the aftermath of “the greatest party that never happened." Do you have patrons who can't get enough of these documentaries? NoveList can help you stay on top of pop culture trends to connect with your patrons.

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 12, 2018

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.

November 13, 2018

How to read a book in 5 minutes (AKA how to figure out if this book will appeal to your reader)

The thought of doing readers’ advisory for someone whose reading tastes are very different from yours can be nerve-wracking. You can use NoveList to be confident about the important details of the book by talking about our story elements. With our genre, theme, and appeal terms, you can “read” that book in record time. 

October 31, 2018

LibraryReads and NoveList

LibraryReads compiles a monthly list of the top ten new books librarians are most excited about. At NoveList, we are big fans of LibraryReads and have multiple ways you can help your patrons access these lists of notable titles.

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