February Meeting

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Place: Willimantic Library Service Center
Date: February 9th
Time: 10 am

Image from CSLP

Meeting Topic:
Summer Reading:
program ideas, prizes (or prize alternatives), great books, and good movies to show.

~ Jennifer


Tips for Readers’ Advisory

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From the ALA site:

Jessica Moyer and Michael Cox included in the following tips in a presentation


  • Stock popular materials and replace them when they wear out or walk out
  • Have nonfiction, graphic novels, magazines and audiobooks in your YA collection
  • Read nonfiction, graphic novels, manga, magazines and adult fiction, and listen to audiobooks of all types, even if it is only in “10 Minutes”
  • Keep a journal to remember what you “read”
  • Suggest nonfiction, graphic novels, manga, audiobooks, and adult fiction
  • Be specific, not abstract when describing your suggestions
  • Admit your likes and dislikes when asked – be honest with your teens!
  • EVER make any kind of judging statement when talking to teen readers
  • Suggest really old materials (as in I loved that when I was a teen)
  • Push your favorite books
  • Encourage teens to read “quality” books or “move them up” to better books
  • Tell teens only books (or fiction) count as really “reading”
  • Read only YA books
  • Forget the Rules of Leisure Reading

What other tips would you suggest?

~ Jennifer

2015 Stars

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Hi Everyone,

At the last meeting Linda Williams talked about her massive book list of starred reviews. Here they are:

Compilations of 2015 books which received 2 or more starred reviews (updated periodically)

~ Jennifer

Book Release Dates

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upcoming book

If you need a place to double check your order or you just need some ideas for ordering, check out for YA books. They offer a list in calendar order.

~ Jennifer

Early Word

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Just a reminder, tonight is the twitter YA Galley Chat:

Tues., Dec. 15,
5 to 6 pm, EDT
NOTE: hashtag changed to #ewgcya

I’ll be there as @yabooknerd

~ Jennifer

Popular Nonfiction

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It seems that nonfiction books don’t circulate well in the teen areas. Perhaps using them more in displays or talking them up with teens might help circulation.

Some popular topics:

  • War
  • Drawing Instruction
  • Style
  • Paranormal
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Secrets (similar to Post Secret)

Check out the Pinterest Board from the Capital Region YA Roundtable on Recommended Nonfiction.

Topics for Purchasing:

  • More biographies of sports stars would be helpful – not the 48 or 64 pages you often find in the children’s room.
  • Minecraft

What’s popular in your library?

Next Meeting

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Hi Everyone,

The next meeting will be on Friday at the WLSC at 10 am.

We’ll be taking about popular nonfiction – so bring some books and statistics to share.

See you there,