Tag Archives: booklists

Booklist Webinars

If you are ever wondering what to read next, and aren’t up to date on what’s recent, check out Booklist’s free, archived webinars.  If you’ve never listened to one of these, they are generally a lot of fun, with some good variety mixed in within a genre.  I listened to a Christian Fiction webinar through Booklist before, and was impressed by how many publishers and types were included.

Woman perusing bookshelves

Book Club Questions Answered!

This site has been around for a while, so you may have heard of it already.  ReadingGroupGuides is helpful, because not only does it list discussion questions for thousands of popular book club titles, but it also has a list of what is the most popular, and how to get a book club going.

In addition, it also offers some opportunity for interaction, with polling questions, and becoming a formally registered book club.  Authors, librarians and booksellers are interviewed as well, and there are giveaways and opportunities to win books.

So, the next time a patron asks you what their club should read, you can wow them by giving them a title, and a list of discussion questions to go with it!

Abridged book club cartoon

Booklist’s Mystery Webinar

If you’ve never taken advantage of any of Booklist’s webinars on what is upcoming and hot in a particular genre, you’re really missing out.  They are free, informative, and give the listener a lot of good ideas for what to read next, and naturally, that information is passed on to your library patrons.  Next Tuesday, 11 a.m. Pacific time, mysteries will be the highlighted genre.  Representatives from five different publishers will be sharing what is the hottest off of their presses.  Register here.

Teens’ Top Ten

Yalsa has released its top ten nominations for teen reads.  Check it out here!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Children’s Literature Update 2012 Webinar

Title:  Children’s Literature Update 2012

Presenter:  Penny Peck

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

Start Time:

12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, February 2, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/children%E2%80%99s-literature-update-2012

Frustrated that you cannot think of a recommendation when a child asks for a “good book to read?”    Tired of recommending the same books because you can’t think of anything new to recommend to a child visiting the library?

Discover the new books that you can recommend to children who use your library! Hear about books published in 2011, and upcoming Spring 2012 titles, that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more!  Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” boys who may have drifted away from reading, and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  •     Be able to identify “read-alikes” – other books you can recommend to children after you find out their favorite book
  •     Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids, nonfiction including “gross” topics, and popular culture titles
  •     Hear a recap of the recent ALA awards (such as Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) and other recent children’s book awards, to make sure you have these available to recommend
  •     Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books

This webinar will be of interest to any library staff or volunteer who serves children ages 0-12, in either public or school libraries.

Do you require an accommodation?
Closed captioning will be provided upon request. For this service, please notify ipweb@infopeople.org at least 72 hours before the webinar.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Must-have book list?

It’s always interesting to see what books readers “have” to have.  Here’s the Huffington Post’s most recent opinion.

The Tipping Point

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the holiday, here are a few Halloween contributions from various libraries.  The Library of Congress has a thorough, but brief article on the history of Halloween, NYPL has loaded a video on how to carve their famous library lion into a pumpkin, and the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts has created a lengthy and varied Halloween reading booklist for all ages. If that isn’t quite enough for you, check out Indiana’s reputedly haunted Willard Library.  If you would like to catch the Grey Lady yourself, there are three cameras that offer images every 20 seconds, 24 hours a day.  This video gives some background information on why she haunts Willard’s historic building.  What fun events are our PLP libraries doing for America’s third-favorite holiday?

Willard's Grey Lady

The Grey Lady of Willard Library