We’ve done a number of reader’s advisory related posts at STACKED, and I thought instead of reiterating the value of RA and how much it matters, I’d round some of our older posts up in one place for easy access. I’ll include some of our RA guides, as well as some of the visuals of reader’s advisory projects I’ve done in my libraries, too. I’d like to show the practical, applicable stuff, too. We’ll be back with our Saturday Links of Note post next week.
If you’ve done any reader’s advisory posts or have links to displays, book lists, shelf readers, or any other tools you use as a reader’s advisor, I’d be happy to see them. Leave ’em in the comments — the more that are shared, the bigger a resource this becomes.
“Why does good readers’ advisory matter? Because getting a list of random books that you might like based on arbitrary qualities like publication date stinks. Because there are millions of books out there, and each one has a reader. Each reader has something they want from a book. Because reading matters, and being able to connecting the reader to his/her book and that book to his/her reader only furthers that. Because there is nothing better than seeing a 14-year-old boy walking out of a library with exactly the kind of book he wants to read because you took the time to listen to what he likes and offer him something that makes him excited about reading.” — from Why Good Reader’s Advisory Matters, September 2012.
This display was from March this year and one of my favorites: it’s a display of dynamic and interesting girls in YA fiction. In honor of women’s history month, of course.
At the end of summer, I borrowed an idea from a tumblr librarian and made a display of books for fans of Supernatural. You can see the idea and the subsequent booklist over here.
This display was at a library I used to work at, in a space I had to carve out. The theme is simply yellow covers, and I made the signage a smily face to mimic the book beside it.
If you want to see some of the other displays I’ve done — I’m trying to take a photo every month and update it for my own records — you can check them out over here.
Readers who become the best reader’s advisors and the strongest advocates for reading and books are those who seek out the books which aren’t the easy reaches. They’re the ones who can see the value in those titles and know that they’re the books which WILL reach many readers because of their strengths or accolades or the endorsement from well-knowns (Oprah, for example, or in the YA field it’s someone like John Green). That’s not to discredit the books or those speaking on their behalf.