JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Next Big Library Read Begins November 1

From November 1-15, North Country readers can join over a hundred thousand others around the world participating in OverDrive’s Big Library Read by borrowing Natalie D. Richards’s YA suspense thriller, Five Total Strangers, from our digital collection. Library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting by downloading the Libby app or visiting our digital library here. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Big Library Read is an international reading program facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. Five Total Strangers is the 26th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book here.

In Five Total Strangers, Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely. And then Harper, Mira’s glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes her fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something. Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People’s belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip—but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

Youth Services Roundup

YSS MEMBERSHIP MEETING

It’s still not too late to register for the NYLA-YSS membership meeting! Join us on Thursday, October 28 at 4pm to hear what YSS has accomplished in the past year and learn more about how you can get involved! After the brief membership meeting, we will welcome a presentation from author Nina Crews. Sign up today!

BEE A PAL

And the winner of the Pollinator Pals giveaway is… Sandy Creek! Look for those in your next delivery, and everyone else, look for another giveaway soon!

STORYWALKS

From November 15-19, Let’s Move in Libraries and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services will host a week-long event celebrating the inspiring work of libraries who spearhead StoryWalk(R) programs. Get more information – and submit your StoryWalk to be featured – here! In related news, the NYS Library is hosting a webinar focused on this perfect social-distancing outdoor literacy experience. Check it out!

WEEDING SERIES

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “Are you always asking yourself how to weed series? Do you wait until it is no longer popular and then get rid of the whole set, even if a few of them still circ? Are you afraid to get rid of even one book in a series because you think someone will come in wanting that one book in the series? NEWSFLASH-It will happen whether you try to prevent it or not…”

RA for your Friday

The abnormally mild fall has tricked me into thinking we’re not right smack up against November, when in fact, we are! (I almost put on a hat this morning!) And now that the weather has well and truly turned, it’s time to embrace outerwear and look forward to November happenings…

…such as OverDrive’s next Big Library Read! Five Total Strangers, by Natalie D. Richards, will be available November 1 through November 15 as a simultaneous use eBook and eAudiobook – no lines, no waiting! Make sure your patrons know about this program with the help of OverDrive’s free marketing materials, including social media graphics.

The November LibraryReads list is out, as is the IndieNext preview. And for all you nonfiction fans, the What’s Nonfiction blog is coordinating Nonfiction November, highlighting favorite nonfiction reads of the year, Instagram prompts, and giveaways. Check it out!

Looking further down the road, I’m happy to announce three new titles being added to our Book Club in a Bag program – Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Address Book, by Dierdre Mask, and The Cold Millions, by Jess Walter. These titles will be available in January. I’ll be adding three new titles every quarter from here on out, so if you have suggestions, please send them my way!

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been gathering up books like acorns lately, so there’s been a bit of multi-tasking going on. Right now I’m tag-teaming Agatha of Little Neon and The Cure for What Ales You. In my earbuds is A Little Devil in America, and I’m looking forward to the latest episode of bakeoff when I get home. Happy reading/listening/vicarious baking!