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Match Readers to Books
March 17, 2011 - 9:48am — lauralee
Advising patrons on their next great read is one of the most important services libraries can provide. Readers' advisory (RA) is the art of matching up patrons with books they might like to read based on what they have enjoyed reading in the past. One of the best means to provide successful RA is to read widely yourself. However, that isn't always possible and there are a variety of print and online tools that staff can use to assist with RA services.
Parkland subscribes to the following online readers' advisory tools:
Whichbook provides a unique interface to finding new reads using sliding scales of story characteristics, such as safe vs disturbing, easy vs demanding, or even short vs long.
Online communities based around reading can be used as reading resources. Some of these are:
There are many useful web sites that have book lists and other readers' advisory tools. Check out:
- Fantastic Fiction has bibliographies for over 15,000 authors.
- Multnomah County Library has a large selection of book lists for all ages.
- See me 4 books includes best books for young adults and other great titles.
- Monroe County Public Library provides a wide selection of childrens book lists.
- Crime fiction: Around the world in 80 sleuths has a unique twist for mystery lovers.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is one of the largest online communities of romance readers.
April - National Poetry Month
April 17 - Rocky Mountain Book Award announced
April 24-26 - Alberta Library Conference in Jasper
May 1-31 - Public votes for Alberta Readers' Choice winner
May 3-10 - Canadian Children's Book Week
May 3 - Board Basics workshop in Camrose
May 12 - Spring PD Day at Parkland, 9am-4pm
May 15 - PRL Board Meeting, 1:00pm