RA for your Friday

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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