The event was hosted by Rebecca Vnuk, editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.
I think we did a fantastic job working together to provide a wide range of books for all kinds of readers.
Keep these books on your radar because we all think they will have traction with library patrons. But even better for right this minute, are the previous Read N Rave program lists. Many of those titles are books you already have on the shelf. They are a year or two old, so they could use a push right now. It is easy to use the newest list to create interest in these back list gems which are still awesome reads.
Here's what you do, step by step:
- Pull up the 2017, 2016, 2015 Read N Rave lists.
- Use the 2017 list to do pre-ordering and/or pass on to those who do order.
- Make a display about librarians picks. Print out, the cover for the upcoming books we suggest and put a "coming soon" tag on them. Then in the display (or on a list that you put in the library or online...or all of the above) put books from the previous 2 years lists that you do own.
- And....you have a quickly put together but awesome display of backlist gems that also let's people know what new books are coming. The display will be diverse in every way. You will have multiple genres, varied voices, and nonfiction. And all of the titles are library worker approved!
- Not required-- you can make this display interactive by asking patrons to fill out a slip of paper answering the question, "What upcoming books are you most excited about?"
- Everyone finds a good read.
I can't wait to hear form some of you who give this a try.
Below is this year's list replicated from Booklist Reader--
Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report, 2017