RA for your Friday

First things first! I’m excited to announce that library all-stars Becky Spratford and Robin Bradford are bringing their updated Actively Anti-Racist Service to Leisure Readers series to NCLS this winter. This three-part series will consist of two pre-recorded lectures – one on collection development, the other on readers advisory – followed by a live, moderated discussion on February 17 from 1-3pm.

You can get a full class description and information about the presenters on the registration page here.

Prior to the live session, please watch Parts 1&2 of the series. We’ve made the recordings available on our YouTube page, but you’ll need the links to access them:

Part 1: Building Marketing, and Promoting Diverse Collections (and slides)

Part 2: Actively Anti-Racist Service to Leisure Readers (and slides)

You can submit questions for the live session here from now through February 10. If you’re not able to make it to the live session but still have a question you’d like to see the presenters to address, please do send one in. In addition to taking questions from participants during the session, Robin and Becky will also address all questions received through the form.

Moving right along to our regularly scheduled programming.

It’s a new year, and that means there’s a whole new batch of books to look forward to. Get ready to load up your TBR with these picks from Lit Hub, USA Today, Vulture, Salon, Bustle, and Today.

We’ve also got January picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Shondaland, The Root, and The 52 Book Club. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, sci-fi and fantasy from Book Riot and Gizmodo, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads. Also, check out all these genre picks from BookPage!

Looking to start a book club? Oprah Daily has tips for you.

In the news: NPR has an essay on book banning by the author of Gender Queer.

Looking for a pop culture display idea? Town & Country has 13 Books to Read if You Love the Knives Out Movies, and we’ve got movie recommendations from Vulture and Time.

Finally, #FridayReads: It’s a solid six months before I’ll be back to Sterling for a mead and some archery (not in that order), but in the meantime, I can get my Ren Faire on with the latest Jen DeLuca. Happy reading!

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