RA for your Friday

BIG NEWS! I’m happy to announce that OverDrive is now authenticating through Polaris! This means that anyone who has signed up for a card or changed their PIN since the launch now has access to our e-book and e-audiobook collection. Please let your staff and patrons know – and please let me know if you have any questions or problems.

And speaking of the new catalog, I’d love to know what you’re hearing from patrons in terms of Vega’s discoverability features, like suggested reads and related resources. You can e-mail me, or chat me up in person at the NCLS Cookout on June 22.

Moving right along! It’s a new month, which means new lists. We’ve got May picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Time, the LA Times, Shondaland, and The Millions.

For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB and Book Riot, sci-fi, fantasy and horror from Gizmodo, horror and genre-bending picks from Tor, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads.

In pop culture news, I hope all your Judy Blumes are in good shape. The film adaptation of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret may bring new (and likely returning) readers to the source material and the author’s other works. (In fact, it looks like it’s already doing that; almost half of the system’s 24 copies of Margaret are checked out or on hold.)

And there’s still time to pull together a last-minute display of royal reads ahead of tomorrow’s coronation; Entertainment Weekly has some picks to get you started.

Finally, #FridayReads: True confession: I may have gone a little overboard in placing holds in the new catalog over the last week. Still, my nightstand remains in the realm of the manageable, with I Have Some Questions For You as my current fiction read and The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi as my nonfiction. Happy reading!

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