In mid March Lorraine and I were fortunate enough to go to the RA Seminar, an annual event which this year had as it’s theme this year science and science fiction. As always, it was an exciting day.
You can read about it in the Public Library Services Blog post Reading (a)loud. There are lots of links to the various presentations.
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After a very successfull 2010 Librarians Reading Challenge, the NSW Readers Advisory Group are inviting library staff to take part in the 2011 Librarians Reading Challenge. You can also participate in the 2011 Twitter Reading Group.
Each month in 2011, you are encouraged to read items on a set theme and to then post your choices in the corresponding month on the NSWRA wiki. Your reading experience on the topic for the month can vary from books and blogs to poetry, plays or essays.
Each month has a different theme.
January #suagb – Scare up a good book – This ties in with the national summer reading theme. Why should children be the only ones who can’t sleep? In January read scary titles, they could be true (scary takes of disaster, and scary tales of people’s lives) or stories of fiction (including horror).
February #heartreads Romance
March #specfic Fantasy
April #oznzreads – ANZAC and writers from both countries
May #grrlpower – Women
June #goreads – Travel
July #whodoneit – Crime
August #geekreads – Science
September #bookbites – Food
October #egoreads – Biography
November #moreads – Men with mustaches
December #summerreads – What to read when it’s hot ……… or hot-reading
In 2010 the challenge was to read something outside of your normal comfort zone, try different genres and it was a lot of fun. The entries all make interesting reading. Have a peek here.
The Twitter Reading Group (and blog) is an opportunity to run programs for the broader library clients and online communities. This is an online reading group, one that involves microblogging, blogging and taking pictures about reading. Through this program, we will be encouraging our clients to tweet, blog or post photographs about what they are reading. This is also an opportunity to engage with online users who are not currently library users. For more information click here.
The RA Group would like to see staff to take up the challenge for 2011 with the same enthusiasm from 2010 and look forward to your comments on the wiki and on twitter. Happy reading to all.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
FictFact is a site for those who like to read books in a series and do a bit of social networking while they are about it.
You create a free account and then you can create lists of favourite series, read the books in order and get notified when books are released or added. You can add your own tags to books and read books of similar genre or setting.
You can browse by series, author or popularity.
Let’s take a quick look . . .
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The National Year of Reading Australia which will occur in 2012 was launched earlier this week. Check out their web site here: www.love2read.org.au. This is inspired by the National of Reading UK which happened in 2008. See the UK site: www.readingforlife.org.uk
The Readers Advisory Group has added a page to their wiki where ideas on how to celebrate the National Year of Reading (“no ideas too small or too big”) can be added: http://readersadvisory.wetpaint.com/page/Ideas+for+2012
This is an exciting project and it would be great to play a part.
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Here’s a nifty site: YourNextRead
At YourNextRead you can enter the name of a book or author or genre you enjoy reading and you will be given a choice of books to try next. Here’s the result of my search using Wolf Hall (just won the first Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction):
Anyway, if you go on to click on any of the recommended books, not only do you get a description and Amazon review for the book, but another set of recommendations will be generated.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Not sure what to read next? Here’s something you could try, The Bookulating Suggest-O-MometerRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
And so the second enthusiastic group of new Rewarding Reading graduates finished the course. No cricket this week but they came up with more good ideas about Readers’ Advisory things we can get up to.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Congratulations to the first group who finished their Rewarding Reading Readers’ Advisory training on Wednesday 17th March.
Rita, Melanie, Maxine, Gillian, Aniko, Eleonora and Vanessa have worked hard, given their all and hopefully learned some new skills to enhance their enjoyment and commitment to their work and our library services. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation.
Vicki joined us for the last session where we talked about some ideas for the future and gave the participants a lovely notebook each.
It wasn’t all hard work – we went out to play at lunch time.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Oh, and don’t forget yourself, too — read them all before you wrap them and give them away!”
Read through Nancy’s list here.
Another RA idea, this time from Marla at Great Falls Public Library
A patron suggested the library purchase a blank journal book and make it available for patrons to write their own thoughts, stories, etc. in.
A staff member purchased a nice “old looking” journal, fairly large-sized (maybe 8 1/2″ x 11″). The covers are done like an old leather bound book. We made a title for the spine called Patrons’ Tales, barcoded it, made a short title record & processed it like a regular book. We had a special display out in the lobby for the adult summer reading program and included the blank book with a brief explanation of what it is; this helped draw attention to it. We now have it available on the readers’ advisory desk when it is in.
I was worried we would get nasty comments, words, etc. but so far it has been quite delightful. Patrons have entered poetry, short stories, some art work and observations on life. The book has actually had holds placed on it as it seems to go in and out quite regularly.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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