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NextReads Newsletter Profile: Home, Garden, and DIY

Post by Rebecca Honeycutt
Posted December 10, 2014 in NextReads

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At this time of year, many people are taking on new or seasonal projects. For those who are celebrating holidays, there's gift-making, decorating, cooking, and entertaining to be done. Those who are preparing for a new year may want to pick up new hobbies, or turn over a new leaf (maybe even a literal leaf, in the case of gardeners).  But even with the omnipresence of Pinterest, Food Network, HGTV, and home & cooking magazines, it can be hard to find the right project. The Home, Garden, and DIY newsletter from NextReads can help you and your patrons wade through the options and stay on top of what's new.

The Home, Garden, and DIY newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter of suggested reading for DIYers of all stripes. As you might guess from the title, it frequently features books about cooking, decorating, gardening, and crafting, though it may also include books about entertaining, building, repairing, writing, fashion, photography, and tons of other subjects. The only hard and fast rule for the books in this newsletter is that they have to be instructional -- that is, they've got to include recipes or directions so that readers can produce tangible results.

Each Home, Garden, and DIY newsletter features an annotated list of five recently released books, as well as a themed list of five older books. The themes are extremely varied: they might focus on a specific activity (such as small-space gardening), or they might present different types of activity with a common element (such as July 2014's floral theme, which includes books about baking, crafting, decorating, and gardening). The annotation for each book is written in a friendly, casual tone so that readers of all types and skill levels feel welcome.

DIYers and other interested readers can sign up to receive Home, Garden, and DIY via their library's website. Librarians are also encouraged to use LibraryAware's options for re-purposing NextReads recommendations to make other useful items: how about some lively shelf-talkers for your nonfiction section, or annotated bookmarks for your holiday displays? Embrace the DIY spirit and get creative!

Rebecca Honeycutt is a NextReads Bibliographer at NoveList.