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Friday, December 6, 2019

#LibFaves19 Begins Monday: An Invite For You to Join in the Best Books Fun.

ON of my favorite Twitter events begins on Monday, and I wanted to give you all enough warning to join me. #Libfaves19, the annual countdown, by library workers, of their favorite titles that were published in 2019. 

I will be there myself on Monday Tweeting out my top 10 horror titles of 2019 in order to give them a chance to be part of the overall best books conversation

In year's past, a complete list of every book mentioned during the ten day countdown has been compiled and I will share it here on the blog, with commentary, when it is ready.

But first, we need to all work together to create this massive, library worker generated best list. And to get you excited for Monday, I invited the Captain of this year's event, Andrienne Cruz, Librarian, Azusa City Library (CA), to give you all a little background and invite you to join.

Take it away Andrienne: 
With plenty of year-end book lists coming out, it’s fun for librarians to join in on the fun, after all, library workers KNOW books! The only difference is that instead of polling and voting for the best of the best (which is what LibraryReads does too), each library worker shares their own top 10 books. So the more library workers that participate, the more books that are promoted!  
This Twitter book-extravaganza first started in 2011 under the hashtag #libfavs2011. It was started by two #ewgc galley chatters*, Robin Beerbower from Salem, OR Library and Stephanie Chase from Multnomah County [OR] Library. The most popular book that library workers shared in 2011 was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
The list has grown through the years. In 2012, 689 books were mentioned, 399 of those were unique titles. By2018, there were 1,873 books mentioned, 875 of those were unique titles. That is a lot of books to discover!  
A lot of library workers who want to join frequently ask, “Do we only share books that were published in the current year?” The answer is yes, because the goal is to highlight and promote discovery of new and fantastic books that librarians read for the year that the list comes out.
To participate on Twitter, library workers will mention one title per day for ten consecutive days from Dec. 9th to Dec. 18th and tag their tweets with #libfaves19. Titles must be in CAPS (for easy readability on the part of the monitor). Volunteers will monitor the titles up until 9 P.M. Pacific Time on Dec. 18th. The list of all the books will be shared on Dec. 19th.  
#Libfaves19 is open to any and all library workers, so it might be helpful if participants indicate that they are library workers in their Twitter profile for the duration of the event to ensure their vote is counted.  
It is also preferred that books shared during this period be adult fiction or nonfiction, but library workers read and love everything, so as long as it was published in 2019, share any book you want.
*#ewgc is a monthly Twitter chat headed by Nora Rawlinson, founder of Earlyword.com where library workers talk about forthcoming books that they are excited about.  

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