May 29, 2018

This summer, keep the slide on the playground

We’ve all seen studies citing summer as a time when kids with no access to stimulating experiences or books can slip behind their peers. It’s known as “summer slide.” The effects are sobering and can be long-lasting. 

May 23, 2018

Passive RA, or, reaching patrons who stare at their shoes

Many who come to the library are too shy to actually speak to a librarian, so now I like the direct approach -- putting up a sign that explains why I sit behind that desk. Try it. Many do not realize we are there to help them. 

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.

May 8, 2018

True crime’s enduring appeal

True crime can be a tricky genre to talk about and share with other readers, but it offers something for every fan -- from the courtroom dramas of heist capers to the hair-rising chronicles of the disturbed. Keeping in mind the range of reading tastes within the genre will make for a more informed reading experience.

May 2, 2018

Find it in NoveList: Resources for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

An ideal time to double down on your library’s #weneeddiversebooks and #ownvoices campaigns, Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month means readers’ advisory lists and displays as well as programming and exhibits. NoveList is here to help!

April 18, 2018

Listen up and get in SYNC!

Raise your hand if you’ve heard someone say that listening to an audiobook is not reading. Parents and librarians -- repeat after me: Audiobooks.Are.NOT.Cheating!

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