Libraries

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek!

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek!

National Library Week marks the annual, week-long celebration of the secret heroes of our communities: our local libraries, librarians, and library workers. Not only do these neighborhood champions motivate us with their wide reading selections, intelligent book recommendations, and endless resources, but they also go above and beyond in unifying, uplifting, and enabling members of […]

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Share Your Book Group or Library Display for Mystery Month!

Share Your Book Group or Library Display for Mystery Month!

Happy anniversary to us! Booklist‘s tenth annual Mystery Month will be here before we know it, starting on May 1. This year, we’d like you to contribute: Are you a member of a mystery-themed book group? Are you a librarian who loves to make creative, mystery-themed book displays? (Are you both?) We want to hear […]

Narwhals and a Microphone Named Blue: Talking with Susan Maguire about Booklist’s New Podcast SHELF CARE

Narwhals and a Microphone Named Blue: Talking with Susan Maguire about Booklist’s New Podcast SHELF CARE

Today, Booklist celebrates the launch of its first-ever original podcast, Shelf Care. The brainchild of Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, Shelf Care seeks to unite listeners with rock-star librarians, the publishing world’s latest trends, and need-to-know reading recommendations from the editors at Booklist. I recently sat down with Susan, met her microphone (it’s […]

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award
By October 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Honoring Excellence in Book Reviewing: Submit Your Nominee for the Louis Shores Award

The Louis Shores Award Committee is currently inviting nominations for its 2019 recipient. Established in 1990, the Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in reviewing. The award recipient is selected for significant achievement related to a reviewing process that helps librarians make selection and collection development decisions. […]

By September 24, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

It’s Banned Books Week! In its honor, let’s revisit the list of the 10 most challenged books of 2017, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released in April. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts from and links to their Booklist reviews, as well as […]

The Final Mystery: Weeding Our Libraries

The Final Mystery: Weeding Our Libraries

Cindy: Another Booklist #MysteryMonth is in the books, and we hope you enjoyed it. We have one final mystery for you: How are these books still in my middle school collection? The Future Ready Librarians Facebook group is full of weeding “gems” this time of year, especially from new librarians who have inherited collections from librarians who […]

Encouraging Middle-Schoolers to Choose Books
By January 18, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Encouraging Middle-Schoolers to Choose Books

There’s been a lot of discussion among the librarians I know about what to do with middle-schoolers: they just don’t seem to read as much as they used to. I know that here in Chicago, we have a unique perspective on this situation, since our schools run K–8. In my former school system in Maryland […]

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud
By October 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud

The 2017 Global Read Aloud kicked off yesterday, and I’m here to help. Author and educator Pernille Ripp founded the program as a way to connect students and teachers from different locales around the topics of books. (Think One Book One School or One Book One City, but on a global scale.) Each year, Ripp […]

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

When Reading Feels Like Work, Reboot

When Reading Feels Like Work, Reboot

When reading books is a vital part of your job, it’s easy to love what you do. Of course, I don’t get to read books at work (unless it’s out loud at story time), but I still consider it a perk. As someone who works in a school, I might not get to leave the building to […]