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Non-Fiction Reader Advisory


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Presentation for the Library of Michigan Rural Libraries Conference in May 2012

Presentation for the Library of Michigan Rural Libraries Conference in May 2012

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  • Put books on your desk with “eye appeal” Look for cover art that is bright and colorful
  • Great cover and a clever title
  • Start a conversation Everyone has jobs, kids, parents, in-laws, a to-do list, stress, pets, money problems, food issues, etc. Go with the moment Be personal and share your interests Embrace the junky, trashy and funky
  • Think about mood or tone, not just topic. You don’t have to be interested in the subject
  • Simple/informative Be helpful Add a “creep out” factor if possible De-emphasize reading - use words like “look at this” or “browse” Teens use the whole library-not just the teen section
  • Death, crazy people, show business, animals, paranormal, medical mysteries, war, technology
  • Don’t judge or make fun of their interests. Be supportive. Be excited about whatever they are excited about. Geek The Library!
  • A book with a cool cover and interesting subject matter that might appeal to teens.
  • Magazines DVD Audio Books Websites Technology Software
  • Not always clean. Use judgment!
  • Be true to yourself Use the whole Dewey range Lighten up!
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    • 1. Non-Fiction Reader Advisory Titles, Tips, and Twitter: @awfullibbooks
    • 2. Holly Hibner Adult Services Coordinator Plymouth District Library Twitter: @hhibner Mary Kelly Youth Services LibrarianLyon Township Public Library Twitter: @librarymary40
    • 3. Technique #1: What kind of movies/tv shows do you like?
    • 4. Something RomanticFor fans of chick lit, history, feminism, social commentary, literary criticism Flirting with Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick Lit Masterpiece Edited by Jennifer Crusie 2005
    • 5. Something Romantic For single, widowed, and divorced romantics lookingfor a second chance at love!My Boyfriend’s Back: TrueStories of Rediscovering Love with a Long-Lost Sweetheart By Donna Hanover 2005
    • 6. Something Funny For the techie jokester. The WorldAccording to Twitter By David Pogue 2009
    • 7. Something “Real”For those who love reality TVReality Check: The Business and Art ofProducing Reality TVBy Michael Essany 2008
    • 8. Something Unreal For the ghost hunterParanormal: My Life in Pursuit of the AfterlifeBy Raymond Moody, MD 2012
    • 9. A “Who Done It” For fans of history, mystery, and true crime.The Suspicions of Mr.Whicher Or the Murder at Road Hill HouseBy Kate Summerscale 2008
    • 10. Technique #2:What magazines do you like?
    • 11. National Geographic For fans of exploration, history, and mysteryPink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer By Mireya Mayor 2011
    • 12. Popular Mechanics, Family HandymanFor blue collar workers,Baby Boomers, DIY’ersShop Class as Soulcraft:An Inquiry Into the Value of Work By Matthew Crawford 2009
    • 13. Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, More For good-humoredwomen “of a certain age” I’m Over All That: And Other Confessions By Shirley MacLaine 2011
    • 14. Taste of Home, Cook’s Illustrated, Everyday Food For the foodie Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanBy Richard Wrangham 2009
    • 15. History Today, American History, Early American Life For the history buff Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas TruceBy Stanley Weintraub 2001
    • 16. Current Science, Popular Science, Discover For the mad scientistHow the Hippies Saved Physics By David Kaiser 2011
    • 17. Birds & Blooms, American Gardener, Garden DesignA horticultural page- turner The Orchid Thief By Susan Orlean 1998
    • 18. People, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly For Hollywood gossip lovers Full Service: MyAdventures in Hollywoodand the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars By Scotty Bowers 1998
    • 19. A Match Made in Heaven:Pairing fiction with non-fiction
    • 20. You can judge a book by its cover!
    • 21. More Great Covers
    • 22. Raising the PerfectChildThrough Guilt and Manipulation By Elizabeth Beckwith 2009 Cover Design by Jeff Miller
    • 23. When You Are Engulfed in FlamesBy David Sedaris 2008Cover Design by Chipp Kidd
    • 24. Other Techniques• Ask about hobbies• Search Library Thing tags• Browsing & leafing encouraged• Talk to Circulation staff
    • 25. Establish a relationshipImage:
    • 26. Good Writing Trumps Topic
    • 27. Know Your Collection Flip through items on the shelf. Read fly leafs and author blurbs on the jacket. Shelf read!Image: Purchased from iStock Photo
    • 28. Teens areFuture (taxpaying and voting) Adults Image:
    • 29. Teen StyleEncyclopedicInformation Flying Machine Nahum 2004
    • 30. Teen Style Don’t Judge! Swedish Death Metal Ekeroth 2008
    • 31. Teen Style Photography & Illustrations Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers Deifell 2007
    • 32. Talk about more than just books
    • 33. Web Sites That Start Conversations•••••• There, I fixed it• (shameless plug!)
    • 34. Create a Go-To List of Books
    • 35. 5 People Who DiedDuring Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists Shaw 2007
    • 36. The Immortal Lifeof Henrietta Lacks Skloot 2009
    • 37. Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine YourSuccess on the Job Kroeger 2002
    • 38. Working with You isKilling Me: Freeing Yourself FromEmotional Traps at WorkCrowley and Elster 2006
    • 39. Why Cant You ShutUp?: How We RuinRelationships--How Not To Wolf 2006
    • 40. The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka,Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good Linden 2011
    • 41. Good Boss, BadBoss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst Sutton 2010
    • 42. Do Dead People Watch YouShower?: And Other Questions Youve Been All but Dying to Ask a Medium Bertoldi 2007
    • 43. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agents Guide to Speed- Reading People Navarro 2008
    • 44. Stiff: The SecretLives of Human Cadavers Roach 2003
    • 45. Misquoting Jesus:The Story BehindWho Changed the Bible and Why Erhman 2005
    • 46. What Einstein ToldHis Cook: KitchenScience Explained Wolke 2002
    • 47. Animals in Translation:Using the Mysteriesof Autism to Decode Animal Behavior Grandin 2005
    • 48. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Preston 2007
    • 49. The Sociopath Next Door Stout 2005
    • 50. Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds ofQuestions Youd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third MartiniLeyner and Goldberg 2005
    • 51. Arctic Homestead:The True Story of OneFamilys Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds Cobb 2003
    • 52. Live From New York: An Uncensored History of SaturdayNight Live, as Told ByIts Stars, Writers and Guests Miller 2002
    • 53. The Zombie Survival Guide: CompleteProtection from the Living Dead Brooks 2003
    • 54. An Alarming History of Famous and Difficult Patients: Amusing Medical Anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to FDR Gordon 1997
    • 55. Forever and Ever,Amen: Becoming a nun in the Sixties Jackowski 2007
    • 56. Thank you! Twitter: @awfullibbooks