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RA for your Friday

First things first! We’ve got three brand new Book Club in a Bag titles coming your way next month:

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley C. Ford

Slow Horses, by Mick Herron

I’ll let you know as soon as we’ve added those to the catalog, expect them early to mid-June. You can find printable bookmarks here.

Speaking of June, we’ve got lists for Library Reads and Indie Next!

And while we’re on the subject of June, don’t forget to sign up for our next Friday Reads! Join us on June 3 for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more!

In even more June news, just a quick reminder that June is Audiobook Month!

Looking for ways to give your backlist more love? As always, the RA for All blog has advice for you (and great display reminders, too):

“Displays are to highlight books patrons would not find on their own. And to that end, ignore newer books. The backlist is where you can find great titles that are lurking in the stacks, languishing without readers…”

Finally, #FridayReads: Once again my nightstand is full to toppling, which is just how I like it. This week, I’m bopping back and forth between The Night Hawks and Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe, depending on my mood. Both may have to be preempted for Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, which I just picked off the new releases shelf at a library near me. Order of operations as follows: new library books, older library books, audiobooks, podcasts, BritBox, quilting, baking, mild exercise, books I own. Happy reading!

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!

RA for your Monday

First things first – the new book club in a bag titles are now available! You can print out this handy flyer of new titles for yer corkboard and find the complete list of all book club titles here.

How much do I love doing library visits again? (Answer: So much.) Had a delightful visit to Pulaski recently, where I encountered this display:

I love this for two reasons – one, it’s clever, but more importantly, it’s a great way to feature the all-important, but often unsung, backlist. New books might get more fanfare (totally guilty of this myself), but the backlist is the backbone of your collection. Show it some love!

Moving right along to our regularly scheduled programming, we’ve got August picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Time, and Entertainment Weekly. For all you genre fans, we’ve got sci-fi and fantasy from Gizmodo, and crime reads from CrimeReads, and romance from SBTB and PopSugar.

In other romance news, NYPL has a post of What To Read If You Already Breezed Through All of Virgin River’s Season 3 and Bustle has 15 Books Like Bridgerton, For Those Who Can’t Get Enough Regency Romance.

The latest Booklist is putting a spotlight on book discussions and graphic novels, and the RA for All blog is putting a spotlight on Booklist’s spotlights:

“Please don’t forget that EVERY issue of Booklist has at least 1 “spotlight” and they repeat annually. This means each issue is an EXCELLENT and updated resource for the format, age level, of genres being featured. Every spotlight is never more than 12 months out of date!”

In awards news, the Booker Prize longlist has been announced.

Finally, #MondayReads: The indoor seating is back at my beloved Starbucks, home of the iced chai, and so I’m back to getting out of the house early enough to sit and read my book before work. Today it’s A Room Full of Bones, by Elly Griffiths. (A prize from the aforementioned backlist.) Happy reading!