Thanksgiving for your RA


As we head into the holiday week, I just wanted to give thanks to all of you for all your good work during a year that hasn't made it easy. From building closures that made it impossible to put print books into people's hands to distribution delays that have made it harder to get print books into the building, for the last eight months you've been doing everything you can for the readers in your communities. Thank you for promoting online card registration and Libby. Thank you for forgiving and eliminating fines. Thank you for your contributions that made expanding the OverDrive collection possible. Thank you for all the work that goes into curbside, and the care that goes into keeping a library visit - in whatever shape it takes - a positive experience.

Moving right along to bookish content!

Want to browse a gorgeous end of year list? Check out Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020. Here's the RA for All blog on why it's a great resource:

"It is a 'must read' list not a 'best' list. It is not overly organized. It looks like a shelf you would browse. It doesn't tell you upfront about why you NEED to read the book. You can click in to the ones you are interested in and figure it out for yourself. This list is also a great display prompt for that same reason. Instead of 'best' lists, why not promote 'must read' lists? Best sometimes has the connotation that the book is going to be literary, stuffy, or not fun to read. We know this is not true, but again, think like a reader, they do often feel this way."

Nonfiction November continues on the What's Nonfiction blog with this list of book and podcast pairings and Booklist is putting a spotlight on first novels.

The December Library Reads list is out! Go ahead and print one out for yer curbside bundles.

In awards news, we've got the National Book Award winners, the Kirkus Prize winners, and the Carnegie shortlists.

I don't know about you, but I've been spending more time than usual on the good ol' Netflix - perhaps because it's dark as midnight by 6pm. If your patrons are like me, maybe they'll enjoy this reading list from the NYPL for fans of The Queen's Gambit.

Finally, #FridayReads: Friends, I'm on the fence between Love Lettering (library copy) and In a Holidaze (bought and paid for). But, as a wise man once said to me not long ago whilst referencing an old commercial, why not both? Happy reading!