RA for your Friday

To paraphrase the Grinch, summer is coming… it’s practically here! I’ve got strawberries and rhubarb in my fridge, and we’ve got summer picks from Lit Hub, must-read books of summer from Town & Country, beach reads from USA Today, and Emily Henry readalikes from Barnes & Noble.

Oh, you wanted an hour-long video of recommended summer reads for 2024 from PBS Books & Booklist Reader? Here you go. (Hat tip to the RA for All blog for putting this on our radar.)

Oh, you wanted summer picks from your very own colleagues? Check out our Summer Picks page! We’ll be highlighting member library showcases here all summer. Want to get in on it? Just create your showcase, send me the embed code and voila! Thanks to Meghan LOW for being the first to add a showcase – a special collection of juvenile nonfiction highlighting the Summer Olympics.

New month, new lists! We’ve got June picks from Amazon, the AV Club, Kirkus, Parade, People, and Today.

For all you genre fans, we’ve got sci-fi and fantasy from LitHub, romance from Book Riot, fantasy from Reactor, romance from the LA Times, and crime reads and horror from Book Riot.

June is Pride Month, and NCLS has special collections on the catalog and on OverDrive for you to share. I also want to highlight the Pride display put together by the teen Book Brigade at Flower Library. Thanks to Brittani for the photo and to her teens for the display!

June is also Audiobook Month, so make sure your patrons know that they can listen on Libby.

And just a reminder that new Book Club in a Bag titles are now available! We’ve added:

Atomic Anna, by Rachel Barenbaum

The Milky Way: An Autobiography, by Moiya McTier

This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel

Finally, #FridayReads: You know that thing where you buy a book from a library book sale but then you open the book and realize it’s fifth in a series, so then you have to go back and buy all the other books that were sitting with it on the table? Allow me to introduce my current read, The Royal Wulff Murders, first in the Sean Stranahan series. In my earbuds is The Evolution of Annabel Craig, which I am really enjoying, and which is making me want to go back and rewatch Inherit the Wind. Happy reading!

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