January 22, 2020

Crush your 2020 Reading Challenge

Some readers approach a new year with a giant TBR list and a goal for how many books they want to read. Some embrace serendipity, reading whatever and whenever they want. Others, however, like to shake things up through a literary CrossFit workout known as the Reading Challenge. 

January 17, 2020

Top 10 Book Discussion Guides in NoveList October – December 2019

You can find a collection of useful information, including a link to all our Book Discussion Guides, on our Book Club Resources page (under Quick Links in the NoveList database), or by searching for ND Book Discussion Guides in our search box.

January 16, 2020

A secret resource for readers’ advisory training

NoveList Plus is one of our library’s most powerful tools for providing readers’ advisory services for our patrons. I hope, though, that you haven’t overlooked one of my favorite training tools:  a colorful little booklet NoveList produces called The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements.

January 9, 2020

Multitask with NoveList Folders

Folders make multitasking useful. Folders can help with programming AND providing great readers’ advisory. Folders can help you pivot from program-planning to readers’ advisory. Here are tips on incorporating folders into your multitasking days.

December 16, 2019

The library marketer’s secret weapon

When it comes to promoting your library’s collection, do you often struggle to find the right words to describe a book’s theme, the kind of characters involved, or the author’s writing style? I’m going to let you in on a little secret I shared recently with some library marketers. It’s The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements.

October 22, 2019

Promoting new books in your collection (that aren’t on the bestseller list)

We know some books will circulate no matter what we do (James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Robb, etc.), but many of the new books libraries buy need a little push. They are wonderful books, perfect, even, in the hands of the right reader, if only that reader knew that book was waiting for them at the library.

So how to get that information out there?

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