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The Shelf Care Interview: Nancy Pearl

The Shelf Care Interview: Nancy Pearl

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Donna Seaman talks with renowned librarian, literary critic, book advocate, and ardent lifelong reader Nancy Pearl about her new book, The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on […]

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Solving a Teacher’s Mystery Stumper

Solving a Teacher’s Mystery Stumper

Cindy: I felt like Nate the Great or Encyclopedia Brown earlier this school year, when an eighth-grade science teacher surprised me by asking for help with this reader’s advisory mystery stumper: “So, we’re studying Newton’s laws of motion, and I remember an Encyclopedia Brown mystery case story about someone riding in the back of the truck and when the […]

Can We Interest You in a Goldfish?

Can We Interest You in a Goldfish?

Cindy and Lynn: Once upon a time, when a middle-school student walked in asking for that book with the goldfish on the cover, they were looking for either Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind or Cynthia Lord’s Rules. Today the answer could be almost anything. Find a bowl, fill it with some goldfish crackers, and arrange these books for an easy, fishy […]

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a panel for our RA Conversations series co-sponsored by ARRT and Novelist, “Becoming the Face of RA.” You’ll hear all about it in the September issue of “Corner Shelf,” but something said by Polli Kenn, Book Sherpa at the Lawrence Public Library, has really stuck with me: She […]

Always a Bride: Seven Romances for Wedding Season

Always a Bride: Seven Romances for Wedding Season

June is often seen as the beginning of the wedding season. For every bride about to have her big day this month, there are countless others who worked tirelessly to make that day happen: photographers, event planners, florists, bakers, and musicians, just to name a few. All and sundry take part in these tales of wedding-based […]

Busting the Glass Ceiling: 23 Romances for Rule Breakers

Busting the Glass Ceiling: 23 Romances for Rule Breakers

Though women in historical romances tend to abide by the social mores and rules that govern their societies, they can also be very anachronistic. Whether Victorian England, the wilds of the American Frontier, or the banks of the Nile River, there are always rule breakers—women who decree that they will do what they want to […]

Calories Not Included: 26 Romances for Your Sweet Tooth

Calories Not Included: 26 Romances for Your Sweet Tooth

Sizzle. Nibble. Sip. We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but anyone who loves food will be smitten by these yummy stories of candlelight dinners, bad-boy chefs, and behind-the-scenes restaurant life.   Your Heart’s Desire, by Melody Carlson Picking up and moving halfway across the country isn’t easy […]

The Wish Bookshelf: Teaching Kids That Their Libraries Can Provide for Them

The Wish Bookshelf: Teaching Kids That Their Libraries Can Provide for Them

Cindy: When I was a kid, long before the Black Friday stampedes of today, I couldn’t wait for the Sears Wish Book to arrive in the mail. My brother and I grabbed notebook paper and stretched out on the floor, turning each page of the toy section while we made our Christmas lists. Santa never brought most of […]

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Bibliotherapy: Do Books Have the Power to Heal?

There’s a unique form of therapy at The School of Life in London (the subject of a recent NPR segment)—it’s called “bibliotherapy.” Through one-on-one sessions, a bibliotherapist creates a reading list for his or her patient, tailoring the selections to the patient’s unique struggles. Susan Elderkin, bibliotherapist, and author of Sunset over Chocolate Mountains (2000) and […]

Got the Readers’ Advisory Blues? The Doctors Are In!
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Got the Readers’ Advisory Blues? The Doctors Are In!

Readers’ advisory is a key part of librarianship, and yet the topic remains intimidating to many librarians. In a recent Booklist webinar, Robin Nesbitt, Manager of the Hilliard Branch at Columbus Metropolitan Library, says her library has changed the name of “readers’ advisory” to “reading conversations” to reduce any stigma or expectation surrounding the phrase and further CML’s […]