As spring approaches, librarians across the country begin thinking seriously about summer reading and planning outreach visits to local schools. These visits often involve a quick summary of the various services available at the local library and a preview of the prizes and events that will launch with summer reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage reading—be it over the summer months or throughout the school year—is through booktalking. A librarian, armed with a book in hand, a few well-chosen words, and a killer “hook,” is often all it takes to turn a group of staid students into a ravenous rush of readers.
We’ve asked SLJ‘s reviewers to share some of their favorite recent books, along with a short “book hook”; these are mini-booktalks intended to grab the attention of kids and teens—in as few words as possible. Their responses are curated on a fun and shareable Pinterest board.
Please add your own favorite titles and book hooks in the comments section below or post on social media using the hashtag #sljbookhook.
Another brilliant idea from our colleagues at School Library Journal. This can easily be applied for adult summer reading as well.
On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Sarah Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter. That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence.
So I went on a mini #libraries rant last night about how ridiculous ALA is when it comes to expenses and penny pinching. If I’m paying a ridiculous amount of money to be in your organization, why then does it cost another arm and a leg to participate in professional development webinars? It’s just another way that ALA fails its librarian/library workers.
All of this. When it costs upwards of $300 a year to be a part of professional organizations, not even taking conferences and webinars into consideration, there is something seriously wrong with how we’re doing things as a professional community that is supposed to welcome everyone.
Anonymous asked: hey did you go to burbank high school? I recently saw your name on "lives of extraordinary women" book and i thought it was kind of cool that you're actually a librarian now haha
I did indeed! Wow — this is a wonderful reminder to us all that as long as our names appear on library check-out cards, our legacies are secure.