As a Youth Librarian, I regularly recommend books to patrons of all ages through in-library readers’ advisory services or in Westerville City School classrooms through formal booktalks for grades 1-5 (read more about booktalks here).
When recommending books to readers, I consult a variety of sources including:
- School Library Journal, Booklist, and other professional review guides
- Award winning book lists
- Goodreads Lists and Reviews
- Personal Experience
I keep track of my reading experiences through my personal Goodreads account. I tag each book I have read by genre, age, and format to easily find books at a later time. Select shelves can be found at the links below:
- Age: Fourth Grade
- Format: Graphic Novel
- Point of View: Male
- Storytime Favorites
- Strong Female Leads
I am in charge of reviewing five areas of Westerville Library’s youth collection, including graphic novels, juvenile chapter books (authors F-O), and three non-fiction sections. I regularly review each of these areas for books in poor condition, and more thoroughly review every book in each section once a year. Books are pulled from the collection due to poor circulation, poor condition, outdated content, or inaccurate information.
While I do not make all of the purchase decisions for these sections, I will recommend new books and replacement books to the youth collection development librarian.
I regularly refill our two youth book displays, and occasionally replace an old display with a new theme. Some of my recent themes have included:
I have also created Star Wars and Hour of Code book displays.