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Monday, January 18, 2016

Books to Suggest on MLK Day to Spark a RA Conversation

If you have worked in the public library for even a little while, you have probably noticed that patrons love to ask for books that are tied to current events. The MLK holiday is no exception. Whether or not the patron in front of you actually wants a book to match the holiday, it is a great way to start a conversation. The weather and current events in general are a great window to start a conversation with a patron and once you have the small talk going, it is easy to steer the topic to books-- you are in the library remember.

Unfortunately, I find that there are many more lists for kids than adults.  This troubles me because it is obvious given current events that many adults need to be reading books that embody the spirit and idea of Dr. King.

In order to help you help adult readers, I have compiled a few lists.  I hope these help you put a good and timely read into your patrons’ hands in the coming days.

Take advantage of the fact that many of your patrons are off work today by making some connections with readers. These lists are a great ice breaker to start the RA conversation.

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