Tag: readers’ advisory

Got the Readers’ Advisory Blues? The Doctors Are In!
By September 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

Readers’ Advisory with the Wheel o’ Fun

Readers’ Advisory with the Wheel o’ Fun

Cindy: Last week I found this gem in a local, artsy thrift shop. The bright colors attracted me like a hummingbird to a flower, and I couldn’t resist giving it a spin and listen to the clicking slow down as the wheel came to a stop. I wanted it, but the deal was closed when […]

The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave. Modeled after the popular Shout n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in […]

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Ghosh and Golly: All Asea over Sea of Poppies

Ghosh and Golly: All Asea over Sea of Poppies

It’s just like Gilligan’s Island, but the passengers are indentured servants and the tour is longer than three hours. Imagine if Eliza Bennett went to India with her parents and got orphaned there. This is 12 Years a Slave meets Eat, Pray, Love. I’m lying, and rather despicably. It’s more like one of the darker […]

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Dewey Know How to Run a Book Group? We Do! 350-400, Part 2
By January 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Dewey Know How to Run a Book Group? We Do! 350-400, Part 2

Last week I shared some of the reading suggestions from the 350–400 range of the Dewey system that members of the Williamsburg Regional Library staff group brought to a recent meeting. This is the second part of those selections. Annmarie from Outreach is always looking for books that will entertain her senior service population, and […]

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Web Crush: Genrify

Web Crush: Genrify

Genrify is a useful blog that celebrates great literary mash-ups that may have tricky genre labels, and helps readers and librarians find more of the same. The blog features reviews, feature blends (with great booklists), microgenres, and more. But one of the best things about this blog is a tool called “The Blender.” Their website […]

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Drama in Levittown: An Inspirational Theater Story from the Suburbs
By December 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Drama in Levittown: An Inspirational Theater Story from the Suburbs

When one individual really cares, amazing things can happen in the most unlikely places. That’s one of the great messages in Michael Sokolove’s Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater (2013). Unless you live there, you probably don’t know Levittown, Pennsylvania. It’s not even […]

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Humiliation Can Be Good for a Book Group
By November 18, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Humiliation Can Be Good for a Book Group

David Lodge’s classic campus comedy, Changing Places (1975), introduced a game called Humiliation, which readers have been playing to their red-faced delight ever since. Players get together in a group and confess the canonical works that they have failed to read, scoring a point for each other person who has read it. In Lodge’s book, in which […]

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Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award
By October 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Recognize Excellence in Reviewing with RUSA’s Louis Shores Award Library collections depend […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

Web Crush of the Week: Tales from the RAT Queen

No, she’s not actually a rodent (she’s really a quite nice librarian). Lucy Lockley, Booklist Editorial Board member and collection development manager for the St. Charles City-County Library District in Missouri, coordinates the district’s Readers’ Advisory Team, also known as the RATs. Hence, she is the RAT Queen. The RAT program uses a combined book-discussion […]

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