August 22, 2019

Pairing podcast fans with their perfect reads

There’s no question that podcasts become more popular with each passing year, but with so many varieties out there, it can be hard to figure out how to translate a patron’s love of podcasts into readers’ advisory gold. 

August 21, 2019

On The Shelf: Bringing the magic to your library

Anyone who works regularly with readers knows that matching them with the best book possible for the kind of reading experience they’re looking for is a blend of art and science, involving superb listening skills, awareness of resources like NoveList’s story elements (for spot-on access points) and maybe a little serendipity/magic thrown in.

August 20, 2019

Reluctant readers

The end of summer and beginning of a new school year often means an uptick in public library visits from a specific kind of young patron: the summer reading procrastinator. 

August 15, 2019

Readers’ advisory = customer service

Your customer (whether at a bookstore or a library) is not going to be happy if the books you so enthusiastically recommend don’t jive at least somewhat with what they’re hoping for. But if you get it right, you’ll have a fan for life.

August 14, 2019

Library Card Sign-up Month: August check-in

Congratulations! You’ve survived Summer Reading! And just when you thought you could kick back and relax, you remember: Students (and parents and educators) are heading back to school. And let’s not forget, September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, don't worry! We’re here to help!

August 13, 2019

Dispatches from the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival

Earlier this month, I attended the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival in DC. Though that makes it sound incorrectly clinical or too matter-of-fact—I didn’t just attend this gathering of writers, poets, readers, creators, but rather the speakers took up space in my mind. Their words ricocheted between my ears. I felt seen, I felt understood, I felt inspired, I felt challenged.  

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