RA for your Friday 11/30/18

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It is officially the most wonderful time of the year - the NPR Book Concierge is out!

In other end of year news, we've got picks from Library Journal, the New York Times, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library. Becky Spratford of the RA for All blog talks about why Chicago's is a great list to use and be inspired by:

"I love the uber local focus on the list. It makes the list about the community and highlights the expertise of the staff who serve them. They also choose titles that may not have made national best lists, but are well written titles with high interest for Chicago area readers. Any library, no matter their size can do this. Make a list of your area's best books. For those with really small staffs, you can do this by simply making a list of the favorite books of your staff from the year and combine it with highest circulating titles in each genre. And then like CPL, you can have the only booklist for your community, by your community. The library is perfectly suited to provide this in every town across America and your patrons will LOVE the personalized service."

For more Best of 2018 lists, check out LJ's 11/27 Book Pulse.

Meanwhile, over here in nonfiction corner, we've got end of year picks from Time and from The Washington Post, as well as a new blog - What's Nonfiction? - to add to your blog reader of choice. And if you're looking for some shorter nonfiction titles to read and recommend, check out this Book Riot list of 50 Short Nonfiction Books You Can Read in a Day or Two.

Looking for a display idea? Never underestimate the siren call of starting the new year as a more creative and/or organized person.

Or why not kick off the new year by starting a book club at your library? Go beyond the traditional to offer one of these ideas from the Programming Librarian blog.

Finally, #FridayReads: How excited am I at the prospect of reading something - anything - this weekend? That's a rhetorical question; I am beside myself. I've made it through 30 days of National Novel Writing Month, and they were not easy days, my friends. (For those of you well-versed in musical theater, I'd like you to imagine the Peter Rabbit number from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.) But I did it and it's done, and now can I get my nightstand loaded up again. Michelle Obama's book? Bring it. A Middlemarch re-read? Why not? I HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. Happy reading/writing!

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