A Few Good Books: Using Contemporary Readers' Advisory Strategies to Connect Readers with Books

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Meet the changing needs of the contemporary reader with this current and comprehensive new readers’ advisory resource. A Few Good Books will help you build a solid foundation in the theory and practice of readers’ advisory and learn how exciting new Library 2.0 technologies, including tags, clouds, e-books virtual RA, and other digital formats will enhance your programs. A uniquely helpful section on RA for readers with disabilities, patrons who are non-native speakers of English, and adult new readers will enable your RA for under-served populations.

There are strategies and tools for working directly with readers and keeping current about books and authors, along with detailed coverage across a variety of book genres including:
• popular fiction
• literary fiction
• adventure, suspense, thrillers, and mysteries
• science fiction, fantasy, and horror
• topical fiction
Each genre is accompanied by a sample book list, and additional chapters titled List Culture, Book Awards and Award Winning Books, Books Clubs Old and New, Reading Events - A Celebration of Reading, Books and Authors, and Reflections on the Future of Reading and Readers’ Advisory comprise an important guide to developing a comprehensive understanding of reader interests and needs. Maatta also includes real-life examples of successful RA transactions, sample scripts, and extensive appendices with important print and electronic resources. A Few Good Books will empower you with everything you’ll need to serve your readers with their own definition of a “good read.”