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RA for your Friday

First things first. I mentioned this in a recent youth services roundup, but it bears repeating here: There’s been a lot in the news lately about efforts to remove books from school libraries, so this is a good time to highlight one of librarianship’s core values: Intellectual Freedom. In a nutshell (and quoting directly from the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition, please enjoy), intellectual freedom is “the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.” It’s why we protect patron privacy and build diverse collections. It’s why we craft collection development policies that incorporate the ALA’s Freedom to Read statement.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards has opened! The first round started Tuesday and will close November 28. Even if you aren’t on Goodreads yourself (although if you are, come find me!), this is a great tool for reader feedback.

The best of 2021 lists are rolling in quite freely now; today we’ve got picks from Amazon, BookPage, Esquire, Kirkus (fiction), and Oprah.

The December LibraryReads and Indie Next lists are out, and the National Book Awards have been announced!

For my podcast crew, here’s a new one for your radar: Adaptation Nation. Their tagline pretty much sums it up (as the best taglines do): “We read it. We watch it. We talk about it.”

No RA Friday would be complete without wise words from Becky Spratford, so I’d like to share this reminder from a recent post on the RA for All blog:

“We want to be the conduit for conversations around leisure reading in our communities. The number of books we actually match with readers is NOT important. Rather, what is most important is cultivating relationships around books and reading at the library.”

I’ve said it before and I will say if forever – in many of our communities, the library is the only game in town for readers. Let’s cultivate those relationships!

Finally, #FridayReads: This weekend I am going all in on Elly Griffiths, with The Stone Circle as my current read and The Zig Zag Girl on deck. (Thanks to Elaine MAS for the suggestion!) In my earbuds is Nick Offerman’s latest and I am prepped and primed for the Bakeoff semi-final. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

Youth Services Roundup

LITERARY CELEBRATIONS

Programming is an increasingly important part of library service, and literacy-themed programs and events are a great place to make an impact. Join NCLS on December 21 from 2-3pm for an overview of these celebrations and programming ideas to promote them at your library. Sign up today!

LET’S TALK ABOUT…CARING FOR THE EARTH

The latest bundle from Talking is Teaching is all about caring for the earth! Check out posters, parent tip sheets, social media content, and more in this shared folder.

NOT A BOX

From No Time for Flash Cards: “Not A Box by Antoinette Portis is a wonderful book for children, and it celebrates imagination and absolutely encourages drawing… Earlier in the day, I had prepped paper with rectangles glued onto them. Each student chose the color they wanted. These were waiting for my students in our art area, along with markers…”

PERFORMERS DATABASE

From DLD: The recent webinar on the Performers and Programs database has now been posted. You can find the video and the slides here.

Youth Services Roundup

GIVEAWAY!

The second edition of Out and About in the North Country is out, and I have a copy to give away! (Hat tip to the North Country Children’s Museum for hooking me up.) Just email me with the subject line “OUT AND ABOUT” by Thursday at 4pm for your chance to add this to your library’s local interest section!

(Also, congratulations to Lowville Free Library, the winner of the COLOR ME HAPPY giveaway. Look for that in your delivery soon…)

CORE VALUE: INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

There’s been a lot in the news lately about efforts to remove books from school libraries, so I thought this would be a good time to highlight one of librarianship’s core values: Intellectual Freedom. In a nutshell (and quoting directly from the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition, please enjoy), intellectual freedom is “the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.” It’s why we protect patron privacy and build diverse collections. It’s why we craft collection development policies that incorporate the ALA’s Freedom to Read statement. Check out this short video (and longer ones!) from the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom to take a deeper dive.

SEMI-PERMANENT STORYWALKS

From the ALSC blog: “We launched a big addition to our library collection last month: eleven podiums that make up our new Trail Tales! Trail Tales is based on StoryWalk®. This project was long in the planning. My colleague had tried to find funding to create a literacy/walking experience at the outset of the pandemic, but was unable to secure a source for us. However, we didn’t give up our dream of a StoryWalk® of some sort! We kept our eyes open for potential partners…”

CRAYON TIME

From Jbrary: “A few months ago I shared the amazing work of libraries who created displays, scavenger hunts, and contests around the book The Day the Crayons Quit. Awhile later I heard from Sarah Viviani, a youth services librarian in central Florida, who took those ideas and ran with it! Here is how she created a virtual event for families that included a crayon-making activity and science experiments. Firstly, she created her own set of giant crayons. I would pay money for these!”

RA for your Monday

It’s Nonfiction November, and NCLS is celebrating on our Instagram account! Follow along with other accounts using the hashtag #nonfictionbookparty or check out What’s Nonfiction for a weekly tour. Lit Hub also takes a look at noteworthy nonfiction out this month.

In other November news, we’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GMA, Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and NPR. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, horror and fantasy from Tor, novels from CrimeReads, and sci fi from Gizmodo.

We are officially at the place where the best of the year lists start coming out, and there’s no better place to start than with the Publishers Weekly Best of 2021, broken out by genre and with over 10 years’ worth of previous lists to scope out.

In awards news, the Kirkus Prize winners have been announced, and the Carnegie shortlists are out!

Looking for pop culture tie-ins? Check out these reading recommendations for fans of Squid Game and Dune.

Finally, #MondayReads: I have been reading the way I’ve been prepping for the holidays, which is to say, with abandon. Right now, I’m tag-teaming Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead and Once There Were Wolves, because those are the two that absolutely have to go back next week. In the hierarchy of reads, non-renewable library books first. (And yes, I just googled ‘Hierarchy of Reads’ to prove that anything clever I can think of already exists on the internet. Confirmed.) Happy reading!

Youth Services Roundup

GIVEAWAY!

We may not be officially in the holiday season yet (or maybe we are? I heard Christmas music over the weekend…) but I’m kicking this week off with a present. I’ve got one set of Build-a-Word crayon boxes from Lakeshore Learning to give away – just email me by Wednesday (11/10) at noon with the subject line “COLOR ME HAPPY” for your chance to win!

PROGRAMS FOR GRATITUDE

The ALSC blog shares two low-cost, self-directed programs highlighting thankfulness and gratitude that can be done with minimal staff involvement. Check it out!

ABC &123 STORYTIME

Adventures in Storytime highlights a new counting book for ABC/123 storytime and shares a song to use with bubbles. (Doing a counting storytime? NCLS has Talking is Teaching bookmarks that feature number-themed picture books. Give a shout if you’d like some to share with patrons!)

FANDOM PROGRAMMING

From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “I love fandom programming. I find fandoms to be a great source of programming inspiration and it is always so much fun to have a theme. It can make marketing easier as well! Here are three popular fandoms with upcoming releases that would make great springboards for upcoming tween or teen programs…”

Youth Services Roundup

NEXT YS MEETUP

Just a reminder, the next YS meetup(s) will take place on Wednesday, November 10. Sign up for the morning or afternoon session today!

SUMMER READING SYMPOSIUM

Registration is now open for the first ever CSLP Summer Programming Symposium on December 2! All library staff that are interested in summer programming should consider attending this free, online event that will cover programming ideas, outreach/partnerships, and promotion/marketing. You can find more information, including the day’s schedule, on the CSLP website.

EXTREME WEEDING TIPS

From Teen Services Underground: “I don’t have a huge YA section, but I have kept books that haven’t gone out because I loved them 20 years ago, or maybe because they fit a themed display (that obviously wasn’t very popular.) But by not weeding our collections, even if we technically have room for everything, we are doing the collection a disservice. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years that have helped me…”

SNAKES STORYTIME

From Adventures in Storytime: “The whole snake thing has been a running joke for a couple of months now, and it was a theme I had not done before, so I figured why not, plus I found a couple of cute songs/rhymes to go with it…”

Youth Services Roundup

YSS MEMBERSHIP MEETING

It’s still not too late to register for the NYLA-YSS membership meeting! Join us on Thursday, October 28 at 4pm to hear what YSS has accomplished in the past year and learn more about how you can get involved! After the brief membership meeting, we will welcome a presentation from author Nina Crews. Sign up today!

BEE A PAL

And the winner of the Pollinator Pals giveaway is… Sandy Creek! Look for those in your next delivery, and everyone else, look for another giveaway soon!

STORYWALKS

From November 15-19, Let’s Move in Libraries and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services will host a week-long event celebrating the inspiring work of libraries who spearhead StoryWalk(R) programs. Get more information – and submit your StoryWalk to be featured – here! In related news, the NYS Library is hosting a webinar focused on this perfect social-distancing outdoor literacy experience. Check it out!

WEEDING SERIES

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “Are you always asking yourself how to weed series? Do you wait until it is no longer popular and then get rid of the whole set, even if a few of them still circ? Are you afraid to get rid of even one book in a series because you think someone will come in wanting that one book in the series? NEWSFLASH-It will happen whether you try to prevent it or not…”

RA for your Friday

The abnormally mild fall has tricked me into thinking we’re not right smack up against November, when in fact, we are! (I almost put on a hat this morning!) And now that the weather has well and truly turned, it’s time to embrace outerwear and look forward to November happenings…

…such as OverDrive’s next Big Library Read! Five Total Strangers, by Natalie D. Richards, will be available November 1 through November 15 as a simultaneous use eBook and eAudiobook – no lines, no waiting! Make sure your patrons know about this program with the help of OverDrive’s free marketing materials, including social media graphics.

The November LibraryReads list is out, as is the IndieNext preview. And for all you nonfiction fans, the What’s Nonfiction blog is coordinating Nonfiction November, highlighting favorite nonfiction reads of the year, Instagram prompts, and giveaways. Check it out!

Looking further down the road, I’m happy to announce three new titles being added to our Book Club in a Bag program – Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Address Book, by Dierdre Mask, and The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter. These titles will be available in January. I’ll be adding three new titles every quarter from here on out, so if you have suggestions, please send them my way!

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been gathering up books like acorns lately, so there’s been a bit of multi-tasking going on. Right now I’m tag-teaming Agatha of Little Neon and The Cure for What Ales You. In my earbuds is A Little Devil in America, and I’m looking forward to the latest episode of bakeoff when I get home. Happy reading/listening/vicarious baking!

November is Career Development Month

November is Career Development Month – the perfect time to make sure your patrons know about library resources available to help jobseekers, including:

JobNow: Offers job seekers immediate and practical help 24 hours a day. Would-be employees can build resumes and brush up their interviewing skills. Job seekers also have access through JobNow to business experts who are available to read and critique resumes.

Universal Class: Accessible through OverDrive’s Libby app, Universal Class offers over 500 self-paced courses to sharpen your skills.

Passbook Career Exams eBook collection: 36 titles to explore, from Account Clerk-Typist to Zoning Inspector.

Update to Open Meetings Law

On Monday, the Governor signed into law an amendment to Open Meetings Law.  Now, public bodies are required to make available or post to their website the documents that they will discussing at least 24 hours prior to the open meeting at which they will be discussing the documents.  It’s our understanding that this new requirement takes effect on November 17th (30 days after the signing into law, according to the text).  

For your reference, the text of the law is available here.  

It’s best practice to seek legal counsel should you have any questions regarding the new law.