With National Book Mobile Day, World Book Night, National Library Week, School Library Media Month, National Poetry Month, and so many other commemorative events, April might leave you feeling too exhausted to plan May’s library programming. But have no fear, Mystery Month is here!
Well, almost here. It doesn’t take a super-sleuth to discover that Booklist has long dedicated serious coverage to crime fiction. We review the genre in every issue of the magazine, and the May 1 issue is our Mystery Showcase—so full of reviews, features, and print exclusives highlighting every aspect of the genre, it’s a wonder we haven’t been locked up.
Have no fear, Mystery Month is here!
Booklist Online also celebrates Mystery Month all 31 glorious days of May with not one but two free webinars; online exclusives where you can count on crime to do some time; author interviews where crime fiction novelists duke it out over their craft; offbeat lists that may or may not feature crime-fighting zombies; and more brilliant blog posts than you can shake a magnifying glass at. All this results in ready-made content that you and your libraries can use to join us in celebrating Mystery Month.
This year’s Mystery Month lineup is looking criminally good, which means a lot of ready-made content for you and your library! Use Booklist‘s Top 10 youth and audio crime fiction lists; the Hard-Boiled Gazetteer; Great Reads; and, of course, the Year’s Best Crime Novels to create displays around your library. Invite mystery authors for visits, or connect with your local police department for an in-library look at real-world policing. Choose a crime novel for May’s book-group discussion, host a murder mystery in the library, or introduce patrons to new mystery subgenres. (Noir meet cozy; cozy, noir.) Whatever you do, be sure to share your displays, programming ideas, and pictures on Twitter and Facebook and include the hashtag #MysteryMonth.
All this results in ready-made content
that you and your libraries can use to
join us in celebrating Mystery Month.
And keep your eye on the Booklist Reader for #MysteryMonth badges and artwork you can use to share the word about Mystery Month at your library!