RA for your Friday 3/27/20


I have to say I'm pretty impressed with what I'm seeing in the bookish community this week. Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly is temporarily offering everyone free access to their content, and the RA for All blog is kicking off a new series called Stock your RA Pantry! Becky Spratford says:

"... these are posts about how to give yourself a leg up for when we get back to normal, by doing some work now. I will be providing ideas and insight into how you can use the resources we have coupled with some extra time, the time we never have when we are also helping patrons, to give ourselves a stockpile of knowledge, resources, and information that we can immediately draw upon when we are back to public service."

Lit Hub has been offering personalized reading recommendations, People is here to keep your earbuds full of good sounds, and there's now an entire online children's literature festival planned for May 1-2. (An entire festival!) Plus, the Internet archive is offering a National Emergency Library now, which according to NPR, "says its lending library has focused on digitizing 20th century books — obtained through Marygrove College and other school libraries — that otherwise would not be available with many physical libraries closed to the public." (I took a peek earlier today, and it has definite rabbit hole potential...)

Library Journal has a mystery/suspense/thriller preview, CrimeReads is offering 14 Enormous Crime books for the Long Days Ahead, and apparently, I'm not the only one turning to the cozy mystery shows at this time.

Looking slightly further down the road, Town & Country has 18 Must-Read Books for Spring, PopSugar shares their picks, and Eater has this spring's best cookbooks. Plus, the AudioFile SYNC titles have been announced! These free audio downloads will be available starting April 30. For those not familiar with SYNC, AudioFile makes two free audiobook downloads available each week for 14 weeks for anyone 13 and up. Get more details here, and be sure to get the word out on your social media platforms with these prepared banners and other tools.

And speaking of digital downloads, if you have any OverDrive requests, please let me know. We buy e-books and e-audio for children, teens, and adults, and we buy them every Tuesday.

Finally, #FridayReads: My nightstand is currently occupied by things I'm in the middle of, but I find myself reaching for a comfort read. And my most comforting of reads is good ol' Home Cooking, by Laurie Colwin. In my earbuds are no fewer than three podcasts from NPR, including Fresh Air, Life Kit, and Pop Culture Happy Hour, and I just signed up for the 7-day free trial of BritBox to see how many episodes of Gardener's World* I can watch before it expires. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

*No, I am not a gardener. Not even close. But I have great admiration for those who are, and I just really enjoy Monty Don.