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Book Group Toolbox #18: Integrated Advisory Service

Just in time for making reading selections for the new year comes another resource facilitators will find useful, Integrated Advisory Service: Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users. Full disclosure now: Rebecca, Gary, and I all contributed to this book. ia

Editor Jessica Moyer pulled together a crew of experts in specific genres and subject areas to look at the popular and lesser known titles in their areas and then challenged them to think about crossing genres and formats for a whole readers’ advisory experience. Contributors looked at magazines, television, film, radio, graphic novels, and games and created reading/viewing/listening lists of titles that best illustrated Plots, Characters, and Themes. Each contributor then went further and made suggestions that went beyond these lists and reached into other genres, making the connections for the reader and readers’ advisor.

I won’t mention the chapters Gary, Rebecca, and I contributed. The chapter I want to highlight is “Everything Popular Science” contributed by Rick Roche. I point this one out to book group readers and leaders because science is one of those topics that doesn’t seem to get enough attention in book groups, yet members and facilitators are always asking me to include one or two science titles in my suggested reading lists.

In his chapter, Roche includes plots that revolve around scientific mistakes, discoveries, inventions, and world saving. His characters are more than scientists from yesterday and today, they are pioneers, inventors, even madmen. Themes range from animal stories to earth science to infinity and beyond. Based on Roche’s annotation, I will be suggesting The Wizard of Menlo Park for our biography selection.

There are pages of great titles, all annotated, to suggest to reading groups looking to attract a few more men or just expand the title list beyond the typical fiction and memoirs. Reading groups will also get ideas for book and movie pairings

Other chapters take on Science Fiction, Street Lit, Fantasy, Teen Literature, Mystery, Women’s Stories, Horror, and Historical Fiction. For reading groups looking for some genre titles to add to next year’s list, there’s quite a bit between these covers in addition to the science.

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About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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  1. ricklibrarian@gmail.com' Rick Roche says:

    Thanks, Kaite. It’s an honor sharing space in a book with you, Gary, Rebecca, Heather, and all the others.

    I am pleased that Jessica chose to add a popular science section, as it is an overlooked but more popular genre than most realize. What could be more natural than reading or listening or viewing narratives to broaden one’s understanding of the way the world works. When done well, science books are full of great stories. What more could a reader want?

    Rick Roche

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