August 3, 2020

Back to School: Your 2020 Guide

#BacktoSchool2020 is gearing up, and though there remains a lot of uncertainty of what's to come and what it will look like, we know that school will start in whatever new form it takes. So we've made a back to school guide with a list of resources, ideas, tips, and tricks to help you have a great school year — whether you're an educator, librarian, parent, or student — whatever your school year may look like. 

July 31, 2020

Top 10 most searched titles in library catalogs: July 2020

Ever wonder what library users worldwide are searching for in catalogs just like yours? At NoveList, we’ve got the data. 

July 27, 2020

The message your library must send to students and teachers this year is… we’re here for you.

This year holds a lot of unknowns. The one thing we do know is that learning will begin, in some form or fashion, and that libraries will be a crucial part of the support system for learners, educators, and parents, more than ever before. Here are the three big steps you’ll need to take this school year to ensure your community knows how to find educational support at your library. 

July 24, 2020

While You Wait: Antiracist reading recommendations

Waiting on a book is hard and waiting on these books is especially hard because this learning really can’t wait. (And for your patrons who may have been assigned this reading by teachers, bosses, or book clubs, it really, really can’t wait.) 

July 23, 2020

3 tips to always have a book recommendation ready

One question I regularly faced as the manager of an adult services department at a public library was, “how can my staff and I stay on top of trends in reading and good books to recommend.” There is no shortage of book blogs, reviews, social media feeds, etc. people can read. And it’s fun to deep dive into the online community of a genre. But being an active member of all the online reading communities isn’t possible, so the question for my team was really, “what tools do we have to efficiently and effectively learn about good books to recommend in genres we don’t immerse ourselves in.”

July 20, 2020

5 storytime tips for the uninitiated

Those who work with youth all share a common goal: finding ways to help kids keep learning. Reading aloud is one sure-fire way to do it. So whether you’re a parent *slightly* uncomfortable with reading aloud but wanting to try and hopefully light a reading spark in your youngsters, or a public librarian perfecting your online storytime chops, here are tips to help the uninitiated tackle the magic of sharing stories with kids. 

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