RA for your Holiday

Has Christmas come early? No? Then why has NPR released Books We Love already? We can’t know, and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that now you have a diverse, robust (sortable!) list of book recommendations to share with patrons, just in time for summer reading! Huzzah!

In other summer reading news, we’ve got picks from Parade and Shondaland, and we’ve also got the #BookTokChallenge! Here’s more on that:

“Starting today through August 31, we’re encouraging people to discover and read new books and authors and then share their reactions with the TikTok community using #BookTokChallenge… With nearly 11M videos and reaching over 60B views globally to date, #BookTok is the go-to hashtag for books, reading, writing and everything in between and it’s just one delightful corner of TikTok that has led to a widespread cultural impact off platform.” A great way to engage teens this summer!

We’ve gotten an update from OverDrive about transitioning patrons over to the Libby app:

Starting the week of July 25, users of the legacy OverDrive app will receive an in-app message that the legacy OverDrive app will be discontinued in early 2023 and encouraging them to switch to the Libby app.

You can find an archived webinar about helping patrons transition to Libby here, and I’ll be sending an email with more details to all member library staff early next week.

Just a reminder that the ESLN webinar about collection development and materials challenges is coming up on July 19 at 10am. Sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I have been gathering up holds like I’m about to be snowed in. I don’t understand it, but I’m going with it. I’m currently in the middle of This Time Tomorrow, by Emma Straub, and have got a tiny mountain of fiction on the nightstand to follow it up. In my earbuds is Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, by Patrick Redden Keefe. I’ve spent the entire spring watching all ten seasons of Call the Midwife on Netflix, and now I’m feeling a) like I need more dresses, and b) like I need more stories about feminism, community, and accessible, compassionate healthcare. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

RA for your Friday

We need to talk about materials challenges.

I’ve been sending out updates and resources in both RA emails and Youth Services roundups for the last few months, but it bears repeating – the best way to be prepared for a materials challenge is to expect a materials challenge. That means making sure your policies are in good order and that your library has procedures in place for a response. It means staff training and trustee education.

If you’re new to this issue, the Materials Challenges page of the Collection Development and RA Guide is a great place to get started.

You may also want to sit it on ALA’s Freedom to Read roundtable next Thursday:

“Voices from every aspect of this ongoing and constantly evolving issue will weigh in, including a teacher, librarian, parent, legislator, author, and student, using the recent book bannings in Texas and the response from teachers, librarians, and the community at large as an example of a way forward in protecting the first amendment nationwide.” Sign up today!

Finally, check out the RA for All blog, which has been covering this issue in detail, from how to respond to materials challenges to avoiding soft censorship:

“You need to buy the books your community and your collection needs, and that means including these award winning titles that are being challenged. If you are asking the “who’s going to complain,” question, even if it is coming from a well meaning place, you need to know that this is a form of censorship as well.”

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Just wanted you to be the first to know what’s coming next to the NCLS Book Club in a Bag program:
The Liar’s Dictionary, by Eley Williams
Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, by Annalee Newitz
The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré

These should be available by mid-March, and you can expect a half-sheet flyer next week.

The March Library Reads and Indie Next picks are out!

In awards news, the Audie finalists have been announced!

Just a reminder that wildly popular TV series often bring viewers back to the source material, and that you totally have enough time to order a copy of The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been on a bit of an audiobook binge, alternating between Taste in my car and The Nineties on my phone at bedtime. So, oddly, kind of on a print hiatus right now. But always open to serendipity. And it’s a long weekend! Perhaps there’s a bookstore trip in my future… Happy reading/listening!