Match Readers to Books
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.
Jun 17-20 - Library Effect workshops in Provost and Olds
Jun 14 - Grant application and financial info due to Public Library Services Branch
Jun 27-Jul 2 - ALA annual conference in Chicago
Jul 2 - Summer Reading Program begins
Aug 14-16 - Pacific Northwest Library Association conference in Boise
Aug 31-Sep 2 - TALES Fort Edmonton Storytelling Festival