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.

May 15, 2018

10 ideas for libraries participating in the Great American Read

As libraries around the country rub their hands together, put their heads together, and get ready for a national discussion of reading, we have some ideas of ways you can encourage your community to participate in the Great American Read.

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 4, 2018

Books for the #metoo movement

The #metoo movement has sparked a discussion about violence against and harassment of women to newspaper headlines and leading stories across the world. Like with all critical questions facing society, librarians are poised to respond by doing what we do best: providing ready access to the books our readers need.

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