Have you ever recommended a book to a friend? Or used an online resource to figure out the next book in a series? Or even suggested a book to be purchased by the library? Congratulations! You’ve participated in readers’ advisory! But what is readers’ advisory and why does the library have a committee working to bring it to you? Basically, readers’ advisory is suggesting books and authors based on interests or books already read and also the selection of books to build a library collection based on reviews, patron needs, and lists. The library has a committee devoted to readers’ advisory goals which include educating staff on how to best perform readers’ advisory tasks but also to bring amazing programs and resources to the library patron.
Did you know that the library has some amazing databases for readers’ advisory? Books and Authors includes resources such as a read-a-like wizard and genre reviews. NoveList has a read-a-like tool but also includes book discussion resources for book clubs and award winners lists. Of course, the library has books to help you find that next amazing read. Check out one of the Book Lust books by Nancy Pearl or 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron. Or use one of the many reference books available for use in the library. And last, but never least, ask library staff to give a personal recommendation! Everyone loves to share their favorite book or author. Personally, I recommend taking the time to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
What about programs? Well, keep checking back because the Readers’ Advisory Committee has two awesome programs coming up! The Spilled Ink readers club will be back, with a few twists, and we will be once again holding a Readers’ Advisory Facebook Challenge because we want you to challenge us to find a book you can’t put down.