Reader’s Advisory: Library staff sharing recommendations, links and “Book a Day”

by beth on May 6, 2020

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Above: Library staff are advising three age groups of readers on books worth checking out.

The Southborough Library ushered in May with another online offering. It’s not a new app. It’s just a new twist on how staff are working to meet patron’s needs from afar. Staff is now sharing their book recommendations online.

As many Library patrons know, staff recommendations aren’t new to the Library. What’s new is the online substitution for in-Library postings and conversations, plus the link to the digital books.

The information is shared on a special section of the Library website.

The new service was introduced in an email to newsletter subscribers titled “Collection Connection Quarterly”:

The staff of the Southborough Library are very excited to help you find your next new favorite book. How will we do this while the building is closed and most of our staff is at home? Well, with the newly created online Reader’s Advisory area of our website, of course! Check out adult fiction & non-fiction as well as popular young adult fiction & series suggestions. Younger book lovers can check out the Readers’s Advisory for Children with summaries and reviews written by Ms. Kim herself.

Take a look and decide what ebooks and audiobooks you want to borrow from Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla today!

All recommended books are available using your Library card as ebooks, plus some as audiobooks. (If you don’t have a card, remember you can sign up for a temporary Quarantine Card.)

On May 1st, the Library’s email included staff recommendations like:

The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek |
by Kim Michele Richardson | Audiobook
Why Leah recommends this book:

This novel is inspired by real events in Kentucky history that I found fascinating. The Pack Horse Library Project was established in 1935 and employed mostly women. The bravery and resilience demonstrated by these librarians while traversing the rugged Kentucky landscape on horseback is amazing. Their commitment to share their love of literature with the poverty stricken people in the rural mountains is heartwarming and moving.

The Library is also using daily Facebook posts to encourage reading. Under its posts, you can search for #ABookaDay recommendations. Today’s Children’s Book post pitched:

The War That Saved My LifeWe are excited to share one of Ms. Kim’s picks: “The War That Saved My Life” as well as “The War I Finally Won” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Set during World War II in Britain, these stories focus on Ada, a young girl born with a disability, who sneaks away with her brother when the opportunity comes to evacuate out of London. Ava was such a likable character and was living such a difficult life, I just kept rooting for things to work out for her.”

https://southboroughlib.org/childrenreadersadvisory.asp

For those of you who prefer adult non-fiction, don’t forget this week is the start of the May book group on “Beautiful Boy”.

Happy reading.

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