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 25, 2018
Readers’ advisory and the Great American Read
Since it is summertime, and librarians everywhere are gearing up for their version of a summer reading program, why not incorporate The Great American Read into your readers’ advisory and programming work? Try these 5 ideas to get you jump-started.
May 24, 2018
Audiobooks for family road trips
How does a family headed out on a summer road trip choose audiobooks that everyone in the car will enjoy as the miles roll by? We have suggestions for six middle-grade audiobooks that are full of family, friendship, and adventure, and that are sure to keep the kids AND the adults engaged.
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 18, 2018
Five ways to get started with email
Email is one of the most effective ways for a library to connect with the larger community -- if you want to get started, or just get some new ideas for your email campaigns, we have some resources you won't want to miss.
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.