Non-Fiction Reader Advisory   Titles, Tips, and Techniqueswww.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks    www.awfullibrarybooks.ne...
Holly Hibner                 Adult Services Coordinator                  Plymouth District Library                   http:...
Technique #1:  What kind of movies/tv shows          do you like?
Something RomanticFor fans of chick lit, history,      feminism, social   commentary, literary          criticism    Flirt...
Something Romantic  For single, widowed, and divorced romantics lookingfor a second chance at love!My Boyfriend’s Back: Tr...
Something Funny   For the techie     jokester.    The WorldAccording to Twitter By David Pogue      2009
Something “Real”For those who love      reality TVReality Check: The Business and Art ofProducing Reality TVBy Michael Ess...
Something Unreal For the ghost hunterParanormal: My Life in     Pursuit of the       AfterlifeBy Raymond Moody, MD        ...
A “Who Done It” For fans of history, mystery, and true       crime.The Suspicions of Mr.Whicher Or the Murder at Road Hill...
Technique #2:What magazines do you like?
National Geographic For fans of exploration,  history, and mysteryPink Boots and a Machete:   My Journey from NFL Cheerlea...
Popular Mechanics, Family HandymanFor blue collar workers,Baby Boomers, DIY’ersShop Class as Soulcraft:An Inquiry Into the...
Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, More  For good-humoredwomen “of a certain age” I’m Over All That: And   Other Confessions  B...
Taste of Home, Cook’s Illustrated,            Everyday Food   For the foodie Catching Fire: How  Cooking Made Us       Hum...
History Today, American History, Early            American Life For the history buff  Silent Night: The  Remarkable 1914  ...
Current Science, Popular Science,               Discover For the mad scientistHow the Hippies Saved        Physics   By Da...
Birds & Blooms, American Gardener,            Garden DesignA horticultural page-        turner The Orchid Thief By Susan O...
People, Entertainment Weekly, Us                Weekly For Hollywood gossip         lovers    Full Service: MyAdventures i...
A Match Made in Heaven:Pairing fiction with non-fiction
You can judge a book by its cover!
More Great Covers
Raising the PerfectChildThrough Guilt and Manipulation   By Elizabeth    Beckwith       2009 Cover Design by    Jeff Miller
When You Are  Engulfed in   FlamesBy David Sedaris     2008Cover Design by  Chipp Kidd
Other Techniques•   Ask about hobbies•   Search Library Thing tags•   Browsing & leafing encouraged•   Talk to Circulation...
Establish a relationshipImage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigatto/374735869/
Good Writing Trumps Topic
Know Your Collection                                     Flip through items on                                            ...
Teens areFuture (taxpaying and voting) Adults     Image: http://darrenmonroe.com
Teen StyleEncyclopedicInformation Flying Machine     Nahum      2004
Teen Style       Don’t Judge!      Swedish Death Metal            Ekeroth             2008
Teen Style        Photography        & Illustrations         Seeing Beyond Sight:         Photographs by Blind            ...
Talk about more than just books
Web Sites That Start Conversations•   FARK.com•   Neatorama.com•   PointlessSites.com•   Oddee.com•   Snopes.com•   There,...
Create a Go-To List of Books
5 People Who DiedDuring Sex: and 100   Other Terribly   Tasteless Lists      Shaw      2007
The Immortal Lifeof Henrietta Lacks     Skloot      2009
Type Talk at Work:    How the 16 Personality Types  Determine YourSuccess on the Job     Kroeger      2002
Working with You isKilling Me: Freeing   Yourself FromEmotional Traps at        WorkCrowley and Elster      2006
Why Cant You ShutUp?: How We RuinRelationships--How       Not To      Wolf      2006
The Compass of   Pleasure: How Our   Brains Make Fatty     Foods, Orgasm,  Exercise, Marijuana,  Generosity, Vodka,Learnin...
Good Boss, BadBoss: How to Be the Best... and Learn  from the Worst      Sutton       2010
Do Dead People     Watch YouShower?: And Other Questions Youve Been All but Dying  to Ask a Medium     Bertoldi      2007
What Every BODY is     Saying: An Ex-FBI Agents Guide to Speed-  Reading People     Navarro      2008
Stiff: The SecretLives of Human    Cadavers     Roach     2003
Misquoting Jesus:The Story BehindWho Changed the Bible and Why    Erhman     2005
What Einstein ToldHis Cook: KitchenScience Explained     Wolke     2002
Animals in    Translation:Using the Mysteriesof Autism to Decode  Animal Behavior     Grandin      2005
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion   and Daring    Preston     2007
The Sociopath  Next Door    Stout    2005
Why Do Men Have     Nipples?    Hundreds ofQuestions Youd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third MartiniLeyner and Goldberg   ...
Arctic Homestead:The True Story of OneFamilys Survival and   Courage in the   Alaskan Wilds        Cobb        2003
Live From New York:    An Uncensored History of SaturdayNight Live, as Told ByIts Stars, Writers and        Guests       M...
The Zombie Survival Guide: CompleteProtection from the    Living Dead      Brooks       2003
An Alarming History  of Famous and Difficult Patients: Amusing Medical Anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to        FDR      Gord...
Forever and Ever,Amen: Becoming a nun in the Sixties    Jackowski      2007
Thank you!www.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks    www.awfullibrarybooks.net     Twitter: @awfullibbooks
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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
  • FARK.com: Not always clean. Use judgment!
  • Be true to yourself Use the whole Dewey range Lighten up!
  • Non-Fiction Reader Advisory

    1. 1. Non-Fiction Reader Advisory Titles, Tips, and Techniqueswww.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks www.awfullibrarybooks.net Twitter: @awfullibbooks
    2. 2. Holly Hibner Adult Services Coordinator Plymouth District Library http://hollyhibner.com Twitter: @hhibner Mary Kelly Youth Services LibrarianLyon Township Public Library http://practicallibrarian.com Twitter: @librarymary40
    3. 3. Technique #1: What kind of movies/tv shows do you like?
    4. 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. 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. 6. Something Funny For the techie jokester. The WorldAccording to Twitter By David Pogue 2009
    7. 7. Something “Real”For those who love reality TVReality Check: The Business and Art ofProducing Reality TVBy Michael Essany 2008
    8. 8. Something Unreal For the ghost hunterParanormal: My Life in Pursuit of the AfterlifeBy Raymond Moody, MD 2012
    9. 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. 10. Technique #2:What magazines do you like?
    11. 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. 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. 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. 14. Taste of Home, Cook’s Illustrated, Everyday Food For the foodie Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanBy Richard Wrangham 2009
    15. 15. History Today, American History, Early American Life For the history buff Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas TruceBy Stanley Weintraub 2001
    16. 16. Current Science, Popular Science, Discover For the mad scientistHow the Hippies Saved Physics By David Kaiser 2011
    17. 17. Birds & Blooms, American Gardener, Garden DesignA horticultural page- turner The Orchid Thief By Susan Orlean 1998
    18. 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. 19. A Match Made in Heaven:Pairing fiction with non-fiction
    20. 20. You can judge a book by its cover!
    21. 21. More Great Covers
    22. 22. Raising the PerfectChildThrough Guilt and Manipulation By Elizabeth Beckwith 2009 Cover Design by Jeff Miller
    23. 23. When You Are Engulfed in FlamesBy David Sedaris 2008Cover Design by Chipp Kidd
    24. 24. Other Techniques• Ask about hobbies• Search Library Thing tags• Browsing & leafing encouraged• Talk to Circulation staff
    25. 25. Establish a relationshipImage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigatto/374735869/
    26. 26. Good Writing Trumps Topic
    27. 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. 28. Teens areFuture (taxpaying and voting) Adults Image: http://darrenmonroe.com
    29. 29. Teen StyleEncyclopedicInformation Flying Machine Nahum 2004
    30. 30. Teen Style Don’t Judge! Swedish Death Metal Ekeroth 2008
    31. 31. Teen Style Photography & Illustrations Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers Deifell 2007
    32. 32. Talk about more than just books
    33. 33. Web Sites That Start Conversations• FARK.com• Neatorama.com• PointlessSites.com• Oddee.com• Snopes.com• There, I fixed it• Awfullibrarybooks.net (shameless plug!)
    34. 34. Create a Go-To List of Books
    35. 35. 5 People Who DiedDuring Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists Shaw 2007
    36. 36. The Immortal Lifeof Henrietta Lacks Skloot 2009
    37. 37. Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine YourSuccess on the Job Kroeger 2002
    38. 38. Working with You isKilling Me: Freeing Yourself FromEmotional Traps at WorkCrowley and Elster 2006
    39. 39. Why Cant You ShutUp?: How We RuinRelationships--How Not To Wolf 2006
    40. 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. 41. Good Boss, BadBoss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst Sutton 2010
    42. 42. Do Dead People Watch YouShower?: And Other Questions Youve Been All but Dying to Ask a Medium Bertoldi 2007
    43. 43. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agents Guide to Speed- Reading People Navarro 2008
    44. 44. Stiff: The SecretLives of Human Cadavers Roach 2003
    45. 45. Misquoting Jesus:The Story BehindWho Changed the Bible and Why Erhman 2005
    46. 46. What Einstein ToldHis Cook: KitchenScience Explained Wolke 2002
    47. 47. Animals in Translation:Using the Mysteriesof Autism to Decode Animal Behavior Grandin 2005
    48. 48. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Preston 2007
    49. 49. The Sociopath Next Door Stout 2005
    50. 50. Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds ofQuestions Youd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third MartiniLeyner and Goldberg 2005
    51. 51. Arctic Homestead:The True Story of OneFamilys Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds Cobb 2003
    52. 52. Live From New York: An Uncensored History of SaturdayNight Live, as Told ByIts Stars, Writers and Guests Miller 2002
    53. 53. The Zombie Survival Guide: CompleteProtection from the Living Dead Brooks 2003
    54. 54. An Alarming History of Famous and Difficult Patients: Amusing Medical Anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to FDR Gordon 1997
    55. 55. Forever and Ever,Amen: Becoming a nun in the Sixties Jackowski 2007
    56. 56. Thank you!www.slideshare.net/awfullibrarybooks www.awfullibrarybooks.net Twitter: @awfullibbooks

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