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Has Christmas come early? No? Then why has NPR released Books We Love already? We can’t know, and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that now you have a diverse, robust (sortable!) list of book recommendations to share with patrons, just in time for summer reading! Huzzah!

In other summer reading news, we’ve got picks from Parade and Shondaland, and we’ve also got the #BookTokChallenge! Here’s more on that:

“Starting today through August 31, we’re encouraging people to discover and read new books and authors and then share their reactions with the TikTok community using #BookTokChallenge… With nearly 11M videos and reaching over 60B views globally to date, #BookTok is the go-to hashtag for books, reading, writing and everything in between and it’s just one delightful corner of TikTok that has led to a widespread cultural impact off platform.” A great way to engage teens this summer!

We’ve gotten an update from OverDrive about transitioning patrons over to the Libby app:

Starting the week of July 25, users of the legacy OverDrive app will receive an in-app message that the legacy OverDrive app will be discontinued in early 2023 and encouraging them to switch to the Libby app.

You can find an archived webinar about helping patrons transition to Libby here, and I’ll be sending an email with more details to all member library staff early next week.

Just a reminder that the ESLN webinar about collection development and materials challenges is coming up on July 19 at 10am. Sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I have been gathering up holds like I’m about to be snowed in. I don’t understand it, but I’m going with it. I’m currently in the middle of This Time Tomorrow, by Emma Straub, and have got a tiny mountain of fiction on the nightstand to follow it up. In my earbuds is Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, by Patrick Redden Keefe. I’ve spent the entire spring watching all ten seasons of Call the Midwife on Netflix, and now I’m feeling a) like I need more dresses, and b) like I need more stories about feminism, community, and accessible, compassionate healthcare. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

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First things first! Based on requests from public libraries across the state, the Empire State Library Network and PULISDO partnered on the creation of an annotated 2022 Public Library Collection Management Policy Template & Guide. Ask the Lawyer‘s Stephanie Cole Adams will be presenting a one-hour webinar on July 19 at 10am about using this resource to update or adopt policies to be ready for materials challenges…and more. Sign up today! (Be sure to choose NNYLN as your ESLN Council.)

Speaking of webinars! Don’t forget that Booklist regularly offers free webinars – and you can view them live or on-demand. Hat tip to Becky Spratford of the RA for All blog, who reminds us:

“I know there are so many virtual options these days, but I will say from experience, these Booklist webinars are geared toward you, the busy library worker. Access is always free and with the on demand archive feature, super easy.

We’ve got (printable!) July lists from Library Reads and Indie Next.

Remember your nonfiction readers this summer with this list of 29 Works of Nonfiction You Need to Read This Summer. Too much for your budget? You can always request adult nonfiction purchases here, thanks to Central Book Aid.

Looking for a display idea? Look no further than our newest federal holiday with these Juneteenth reading lists from Goodreads and Book Riot.

Finally #FridayReads: Do I need to finish a quilt this weekend? Yes. Should I get out and remove the weeds that are not only taking over my yard but also providing way, WAY too much cover for the local groundhog population? Absolutely. And yet, I think we all know how this ends. Especially if the new Emma Straub comes to me in today’s delivery… Happy reading!

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First things first! New Book Club in a Bag titles are now available!

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley C. Ford

Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

Just a quick note for those who are new to the system that NCLS loans books exclusively for local book clubs to use for their discussions. Books are checked out in a sturdy canvas bag containing 12 paperback copies of each title and a printed list of discussion questions. Bags are checked out for six weeks, and they can be picked up and returned at any NCLS member library. Please remember to scan the bags in when they are received – and check them out to patrons promptly – so that the hold doesn’t linger in holds limbo for all eternity.

You can find all our book club titles right here, and you can find printable bookmarks here. NCLS has social media posts on the new titles today, so please like and share!

I’ve made my first pie of the season and have already given up on the weeds in my garden. It’s officially summer! We’ve got summer picks from USA Today, People, and NPR, who are sharing their favorite picks from each of the 50 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico.) Want to chime in? You can do that here.

And now for some June news.

We’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the LA Times, Bustle, Shondaland, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, fantasy from Paste, sci fi and fantasy from Lit Hub, and of course, crime reads from Crime Reads.

In other June news, it’s Audiobook Month! AudioFile is here with their June Earphones Award winners, and Book Riot has rounded up the best audiobooks of 2022 so far. The RA for All blog goes deeper on how to use AudioFile and Book Riot to find great picks for patrons and reminds us:

“Audio books are an excellent option that some readers may not think about. And they are the perfect choice for people who don’t think they have time to read.”

If you’ve got patrons looking for Stranger Things readalikes to tide them over to the July 1 release of the rest of season 4, check out these lists from Book Riot, Epic Reads, Books Are Our Superpower, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. (And if you’ve got Opinions about season 4, let’s talk.)

There’s still time to sign up for this afternoon’s book sharing session, Friday Reads, at 3pm. Join your fellow North Country library staff for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more!

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been tag-teaming fiction and nonfiction this week, bouncing back and forth between Last Summer at the Golden Hotel and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the latter of which is almost, ALMOST enough for me to attempt another vegetable garden. (Still not over that deer that ate my apple tree. Still. Six years later.) In my earbuds is In Defense of Witches, which comes on the heels of Pandora’s Jar. Happy reading/listening!

New Open Meetings Law Guidance

Under the newly amended Open Meetings Law, boards can meet virtually until June 8, 2022.  After that, they must hold a public hearing and pass a resolution stating the procedures and specials circumstances for allowing members to attend remotely. This new law, section 103-a, gives library boards the option to expand remote/virtual access to individuals (not the entire board) in extraordinary circumstances only. You can find more information and sample resolutions prepared by attorney Stephanie (Cole) Adams here

Under the new law, if library boards want to permit individuals facing “extraordinary circumstances” (including disability, illness, caregiver responsibilities, and more) remote access to a meeting, the library board must:

  • Adopt a resolution authorizing remote attendance and adopt procedures that they determine to be ‘extraordinary circumstances’.
  • Conduct a public hearing before adopting the resolution.

When hosting a meeting where a library board member is attending remotely, the meeting must:

  • Have a quorum of trustees physically present at the public meeting location.  Members attending remotely can vote only if there is a quorum of the trustees physically present.
  • Grant remote access to the public to view and participate (public comment).
  • Record meeting minutes reflecting who attended in person and who attended remotely.
  • Record and post the meeting on the library’s website within five business days and let it remain for a minimum of five years. Recordings shall be transcribed upon request.

The law also states that the “in person” participation requirements of the Law shall not apply during a state disaster emergency declared by the governor.

All libraries, regardless of type, are required to comply with Open Meetings Law. For more on Open Meetings Law, check out the Committee on Open Government, which also provides information about Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

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First things first! We’ve got three brand new Book Club in a Bag titles coming your way next month:

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley C. Ford

Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

I’ll let you know as soon as we’ve added those to the catalog, expect them early to mid-June. You can find printable bookmarks here.

Speaking of June, we’ve got lists for Library Reads and Indie Next!

And while we’re on the subject of June, don’t forget to sign up for our next Friday Reads! Join us on June 3 for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more!

In even more June news, just a quick reminder that June is Audiobook Month!

Looking for ways to give your backlist more love? As always, the RA for All blog has advice for you (and great display reminders, too):

“Displays are to highlight books patrons would not find on their own. And to that end, ignore newer books. The backlist is where you can find great titles that are lurking in the stacks, languishing without readers…”

Finally, #FridayReads: Once again my nightstand is full to toppling, which is just how I like it. This week, I’m bopping back and forth between The Night Hawks and Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, depending on my mood. Both may have to be preempted for Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, which I just picked off the new releases shelf at a library near me. Order of operations as follows: new library books, older library books, audiobooks, podcasts, BritBox, quilting, baking, mild exercise, books I own. Happy reading!

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It’s been almost three months since the last time we added new titles to Book Club in a Bag, which means it’s time for some more! Each new batch of titles usually includes one fiction, one nonfiction, and one member library request of either type. We’re always looking for recommendations, so please feel free to send them my way. Titles must be available in paperback; under-the-radar selections a plus. I’ll send promotional stuff once the next three titles have been finalized, but in the meantime, we’ve got ready-to-print bookmarks here.

New month, new lists! We’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bustle, Time, Town & Country, Shondaland, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, fantasy from Paste, sci-fi and fantasy from Lit Hub, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads.

For those who weren’t able to make it to Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them, I’ve got the video for you right here. And just a reminder, you can find all kinds of resources on our Collection Development and RA Guide.

One thing I mentioned in passing during the class was that we should all aim to have all of our books out in the world being used. Thanks to Becky Spratford for bringing this up in a recent blog post:

“We need to stop thinking of ourselves as the guardians of the books, the gatekeepers, and instead remember that our goal is to do everything we can to get the books out of our buildings, or checked out of our digital collections… If a title is too popular, buy more copies, or, if money is tight, work to create while you wait lists or displays to help people find titles they would like in the meantime.”

In awards news, we’ve got the Agatha Awards, the Edgar Awards, and the LA Times Book Prizes.

Save the date for our next Friday Reads RA session on June 3 at 3pm. It’s a no-pressure discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered – sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I don’t know what it is about springtime that makes the books jump into my hands, but I suspect it’s the possibility of the season. I am a terrible gardener, but maybe THIS is the year that I’ll actually take care of my yard. Maybe THIS is the year I’ll buy a bicycle. Maybe THIS is the year, etc. Likewise, I know I don’t have the time to read everything that I find interesting, but why not just grab everything and see what happens? Right now I’m reading the second Cape Cod Foodie mystery, An Eggnog to Die For, and listening to Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days. Happy reading/listening!

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The Publishers Weekly Summer Reads list is out! I know it’s hard to believe, given the weather event earlier this week, but I promise it’s true – summer is just around the corner.

In other exciting summer news, the SYNC program returns next week! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for 13 and up that gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season. Be sure to let your teens know!

In other teen news, the Brooklyn Public Library is issuing digital library cards to anyone in the United States aged 13-21 to challenge book bans and censorship.

The May Library Reads and Indie Next lists are out!

Looking for your next pop-culture display? Lit Hub can get you started with 8 Stories About Scammers for When You’re Done Watching Inventing Anna.

And just a quick reminder that next Friday I’ll be offering an updated version of Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them:

“Materials selection is something all libraries do, regardless of size or budget. Join us for a discussion about the best resources for book discovery and reviews, how to keep up with release dates, and what goes into maintaining a balanced, robust collection in a small community library. We’ll also talk about avoiding self-censorship and the importance of your collection development policy.” Sign up today!

Finally, #FridayReads: You know that thing where you’re an English major and you break up your heavy reading not with exercise or social activities but with lighter reading? (Disclaimer: I am fully aware that this is very possibly something that only I have done.) That’s where I am right now. Nothing new on the nightstand, so I’m just on the lookout for some breezy reads that I can start (and finish!) over the weekend. In my earbuds is Girly Drinks, by Mallory O’Meara, which is proving to be a delight. Happy reading/listening!

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First things first! This not a drill, not is it an April Fools trick – as of yesterday, NCLS is having some renovation work done, and my office no longer exists. So, this is yer chance to book me for a weeding visit next week! (Not your ONLY chance, I’m happy to come weed anytime. But I am SUPER available next week.) You can book me with this link right here. Just select weeding visit, then pick a day and time, and consider it booked!

This will be a very short roundup today, but we do have new lists. We’ve got April picks from Amazon, the AV Club, Barnes & Noble, CNN, the LA Times, Refinery29, Time, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, sci-fi from Lit Hub, and crime reads from CrimeReads.

In case anyone was wondering how NYPL’s fine-free policy has been going, here’s an update. (Spoiler: It’s going really well.)

In related news, I was stopped in my metaphorical tracks by a slide from a fine-free session at PLA. (No, I wasn’t there. But Becky Spratford was.) The slide consisted of one question: What are you willing to give up to have the library you keep pretending you want?

Wow, right? It should go without saying, but if we want things to change, then we have to make changes. If we want to see more library use, then we need to make it easier to use the library. We’ve gotten so accustomed to some of our barriers to access that we forget that they’re preventing the thing we say we want… which is more people using the library!

Even if your library has already gone fine-free (and I know a whole lot of you have), I still recommend reading Becky’s summary of the session. (It’s third in the conference recap, so you’ll need to scroll down a bit to get there). I guarantee it will get you thinking.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am not a fast reader. Picking up a thick novel is a heavy lift for me, pun intended. But I started Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead and am hooked. Happy reading!

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It’s spring! Everyone can start weeding now!

Just kidding. Weeding is something you can do all year round. But there is something about the warm weather that inspires a spring clean, and clearing out items that are damaged, worn, outdated, or no longer relevant makes room for new materials – which is essential in a small library with limited shelf space. (Interested in a weeding visit? You know how to find me.)

Speaking of new materials, the April Library Reads and IndieNext Lists are out!

In awards news, we’ve got the Women’s Prize longlist and the ballot for the Nebulas. And for all you audio fans, we’ve got the 2022 Audie winners!

And speaking of audio, if you’re not already aware of the podcast Strong Sense of Place, allow me to put it on your radar.

And speaking of putting stuff on each other’s radars, we had a great chat during our first Friday Reads conversation about books we’re loving right now. (And learned how to pronounce many authors’ names!) If you’re interested in the titles that were discussed, you can find them here. If you’re interested in joining us next time, you can sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I don’t know why I’m so drawn to medieval stories these days, but as they say in baseball (or baseball movies, at least), a player on a streak has to respect the streak. So, I’ve just started Matrix by Lauren Groff, and there may be some Cadfael in my future… Happy reading!