RA for your Friday

I want to kick today off by expanding a little on a reminder that was sent out earlier this week (hat tip to CRO!) and encourage everyone to order upcoming titles as early as possible to try to have them on the shelves on their pub dates. Book Riot has an article explaining what’s behind the delays, and Teen Librarian Toolbox advises libraries to keep all staff informed about this issue:

“One thing I would recommend is that if you are finding that your books purchased before publication date aren’t coming in by publication date due to this issue, let all staff know about the supply chain issues affecting publishing…. A quick message to let all library staff know about how supply chain issues are impacting the book publishing business may just help a coworker answer the complaints of a patron who doesn’t understand why you don’t have the book they want on the shelf in a timely manner.”

So, if your staff don’t already receive my RA emails, please let them know about this issue so that they have the information they need to field patron questions. And then have them sign up for my emails. We have fun here.

Moving right along to our regularly scheduled fall content!

The RA for All blog is here with tips on how to prepare for the busy fall release season. (Spoiler: Know yer backlist. Love yer backlist.)

We’ve got fall lists from Oprah and CrimeReads as well as October lists from LibraryReads and IndieNext.

Speaking of October, for those of you planning spooky, creepy, or otherwise eerie displays, check out these reading lists about witches, vampires, and haunted houses.

In awards news, we’ve got the National Book Award longlists and the Booker shortlist.

Looking for readalikes? Bustle has 20 Books to Read if You Love Sally Rooney and Paste has Five Mystery Novels if You Love Only Murders in the Building.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve gone off the rails with placing holds these days, so my nightstand is a bit wobbly with all the reads that have come in. That being said, I can guarantee I’ll start The Dark Angel, by Elly Griffiths, because a series run cannot be denied. In my earbuds is Be My Ghost, by Carol J. Perry, and this may be the weekend I break down and do the free Hulu trial for the aforementioned Murders. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

Youth Services Roundup


Last call for summer reading reports! If you haven’t already submitted your summer reading report, please take a minute to do so now. These reports not only benefit the state, but also help NCLS evaluate how to best meet the needs of our libraries.


From rain to leaves to squirrels, Jbrary is here with fall storytime ideas. (And just as a reminder, you can find an updated list of publisher permissions for virtual storytimes here.)


From the ALSC blog: “Are you a project person? I am! Whether it’s scrapbooking, knitting, or making cards, I like to have a variety of projects to work on. In looking at my homeschool programming choices, it’s obvious that my “project personality” extends to the Library as well. I enjoy creating month-long series of programs, which culminate in some sort of project.”


From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “So at my library I have begun to program in person again. It has been a challenge for sure. The first program I did was a pirate themed scavenger hunt. I had no one sign up… Then I did a backyard clean up of the library for volunteering. It was eventful. We got locked in the courtyard. Oops… So I started to remember what in person programming was like. I have to remind myself that everything is different. Here are the things I told myself…”

Library Services Update – Fall 2021

Throughout the pandemic, North Country libraries have adapted by offering curbside materials pickup, virtual and outdoor programming, and increased access to online resources.

Other changes have included modified service hours, computer access, indoor programming, and use of library meeting rooms.

As always, for the best and most updated information about your library, please contact them directly.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as libraries continue to provide services as safely as possible to our North Country community.