December 12, 2017

Exploring urban fiction

In my days working at the Main Library in beautiful downtown Durham, N.C., the majority of my adult readers' advisory questions came from avid readers looking for urban fiction.

November 15, 2017

The Mary Roach approach

Do you Gulp when Mary Roach fans ask for recommendations? When her latest book is all checked out and a patron has read her other titles, are you on the brink of Packing for Mars?

November 9, 2017

Find it in NoveList: Books by indigenous authors

NoveList metadata librarians do extra research to make authors with specific cultural identities easier for you to discover. Get a refresher on finding more authors of indigenous heritage in NoveList.

September 29, 2017

Funny Canadian reads

I was thinking about Canadian humor and kids materials the other day when I came across a fantastically funny clip from a children's program. Of course, thinking about Canadian books isn’t unusual for me -- I lead the NoveList Canadian team, ensuring Canadian materials are well represented in NoveList.

September 12, 2017

Resilience in tough times

While it would be nice to think we live in a perfect world, everyone experiences hard times, regardless of where you live. Whether your community is in the midst of tragedy or witnessing from afar, we want our libraries to serve as safe, welcoming spaces where people can come to find the information, comfort, and hope they need.

August 31, 2017

Steal this idea: Use graphic novels to get kids reading

No one can deny that graphic novels are gaining momentum in libraries and schools. While using graphic novels may seem counterproductive to promoting reading, they may be just the springboard you need to reach those reluctant readers.

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