August 2, 2018

Lust in the dust: Rural romances set in Australia

Following the immense success of Rachael Treasure’s Jillaroo in 2005, rural romance emerged as a beloved genre of Australian readers. These books celebrate rural life, farming, and close knit communities as well as the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. They are rich in atmosphere and feature strong, independent female heroines making their own way in the bush.

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 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.

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