But before the year races away from you again, take a moment to look back at your personal reading and training plan from back in January. That’s right? It’s check in time.
I have been advocating for all of you to take an active role in training yourselves because I cannot physically get to every library to do it for you.
One of my most popular self training programs is my Genre-A-Day plan. I have been using this plan to stay on top of what is happening in popular reading for the last 16 years. It has served me well, it does not require you read any extra books, and it can be done while you are working the public desk.
All it asks is that you take some time, at least 1x per year, to look at the trends, resources, and hottest titles in each genre. Familiarize yourself with titles and authors you may be unaware of. Think about the readers you have helped who enjoy these books. Arm yourself with the latest knowledge.
It is how you can stay in genre shape without having to find more time to read even more books. All you have to do is spend a little time online reading up each genre. If you spread it out over the course of the year, you will be surprised by how easy it is to be become knowledgable and as a result, more helpful to your readers.
Also as you go about this training in any given year, it is also important to keep the larger trends in all leisure reading in the front of your mind and look at the genre through that lens too. So for 2016 you need to be also looking for diverse authors and genre blends within your genre training regimens. Those are trends that effect ever genre and must be considered as you start you training program.
Today, as I ask you to ask yourself if you have been keeping in genre shape-- for ALL the genres-- I leave you with the original post on how to stay in genre shape so that you have no excuse to keep putting the exercise off. Your how-to plan is immediately below.