Non Fiction Reader's Advisory

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Non Fiction Reader's Advisory

  1. 1. More than just information… Non-fiction Reader’s Advisory Mary A. Kelly Salem-South Lyon District Library South Lyon, MI [email_address]
  2. 2. Take the long view <ul><li>Think more about establishing a relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Start a conversation… </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has a job, family, kids, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Go with the moment or thought </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the junky, trashy and funky stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Know your own holdings </li></ul><ul><li>Have some ready to go! </li></ul>
  3. 3. You can judge a book by its cover! <ul><li>Leave books on your desk that have “eye appeal” </li></ul><ul><li>Look for cover art that is bright and colorful </li></ul><ul><li>Think about mood or tone, not just “topic” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t necesarily have to be interested in the subject matter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writing or an interesting story can trump topic </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Teens <ul><li>Simple /informative </li></ul><ul><li>Too much information is overwhelming </li></ul><ul><li>Remember fun and light </li></ul><ul><li>Add a “creep out” factor, if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t emphasize reading-- use words like “look at this” or “browse” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finding Items with Teen Potential <ul><li>Look for encyclopedia or magazine style layouts </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less is more! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Browsability </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Good photography/illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Good teen topics: Death, crazy people, show business/pop culture, animals, paranormal, medical mysteries, war, technology </li></ul>
  6. 6. Websites that embrace the weird (and can start conversations!) <ul><li>FARK.com ( warning! not always clean) </li></ul><ul><li>Neatorama.com </li></ul><ul><li>PointlessSites.com </li></ul><ul><li>Oddee.com </li></ul><ul><li>Snopes.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Eye Catchers for your desk …let the conversations begin!
  8. 8. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Joshua Piven
  9. 9. Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini Mark Leyner Billy Goldberg, M.D
  10. 10. KISS Guide to the Unexplained Joel Levy
  11. 11. 5 People Who Died During Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists Karl Shaw
  12. 12. Everyone has a job or kids ….or both
  13. 13. Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job Otto Kroeger
  14. 14. Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing yourself from Emotional Traps at work Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster Cool Cover!!!!
  15. 15. Why Can't You Shut Up?: How We Ruin Relationships--How Not To Anthony Wolf Cool Cover!!!!
  16. 16. Get out of my life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? Anthony Wolf
  17. 17. Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age Dan Kindlon
  18. 18. Religious/Inspirational
  19. 19. The Prison Angel : Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail Mary Jordan
  20. 20. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why Bart Erhman
  21. 21. Science with a twist!
  22. 22. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Mary Roach
  23. 23. What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained Robert L. Wolke
  24. 24. The Sociopath Next Door Martha Stout
  25. 25. Adventure
  26. 26. Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds Norma Cobb
  27. 27. Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole Jerri Nielson
  28. 28. Personal Stories
  29. 29. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
  30. 30. Everything in Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Marc Summers
  31. 31. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness Jerome Groopman
  32. 32. Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood Julie Gregory
  33. 33. Animals
  34. 34. Enslaved by Ducks Bob Tarte
  35. 35. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals Rupert Sheldrake
  36. 36. Baby Boomer Favorites
  37. 37. Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests Tom Shales James A Miller
  38. 38. Forever and Ever, Amen Becoming a Nun in the Sixties Sister Karol Jackowski
  39. 39. [email_address] Salem-South Lyon District Library http://www.slideshare.net/marykelly48

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