As a youth librarian, I regularly recommend books to patrons of all ages through in-library readers’ advisory services, virtual video book talks, and in Westerville City School classrooms through book talks for grades 2-6.
Find my book reviews and recommendations online at:
- Book Cart Queens (my blog)
- School Library Journal
- Westerville Magazine Bookmarks Column
- YouTube Video Book Talks
When recommending books to readers, I consult a variety of sources including:
- Goodreads Lists and Reviews
- Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and other professional reviews
- Websites such as OurStory and Diverse Book Finder
- Instagram accounts like hereweread, inclusivestorytime, imaginemebooks, and more
- Children’s Literature and Author Blogs
- Award Winning Book Lists
- Lots and lots of personal reading
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:
- Booktalk Favorites: Fourth Grade
- Diversity & Diverse Characters
- Format: Graphic Novel
- Storytime Favorites – Preschool
Many Voices Project
Westerville Public Library partnered with the Westerville Education Foundation and other community organizations to create the Many Voices: Diverse Classroom Library Project to supply K-12 teachers with books to expand their classroom libraries with the aim of promoting discussions about racial and social diversity and providing students access to books representative of contemporary families and inclusive of culture, history, and diverse perspectives. (Learn more about the Many Voices project here.)
I worked extensively to add suggested titles to the Many Voices Resources List, expand the list and fill in gaps based on my personal reading, and format the spreadsheet for ease of use by educators. See the full Resource List here.
I am in charge of reviewing six rotating areas of Westerville Library’s youth collection. Some of these sections have included kids graphic novels, kids chapter books, first chapter books, holiday books, and various 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 Books are pulled from the collection due to poor circulation, poor condition, outdated content, or inaccurate information.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 final purchase decisions, I send new book and replacement book recommendations to the youth collection development librarian regularly.
I refill our physical youth book displays daily and create display themes monthly. I also create virtual displays for our social media channels using Genial.ly.
In addition to collection promotion through displays, I also promote the collection and perform readers’ advisory services through bookmarks and posters as well as via book lists through our summer reading software, READSquared.