Librarians, educators and parents know that creating recreational readers is the first step in ensuring that our youth have opportunities to reach their full potential.
Parents are often stymied by the array of books offered in the Juvenile and Young Adult Sections of the library. Our mission is to deliver a rich array of informational services in support of the library’s values.
Early literacy begins with story times and these are an important part of programming for small patrons. But kids need reader’s advisory, too. The importance of letting kids choose their own material cannot be overstated. They usually know what they want to read, based on popularity, peer acceptance, and media promotion. Unfortunately, these choices are likely to have long Holds lists. Discouragement of such a kind is not acceptable from the librarian’s point of view.
We work with reading lists, websites, and professional journals to assess the collection needs and fill the shelves with books for all types of readers. Essentially, reader’s advisory for children consists of finding alternatives to their first choice that will excite them as much. Using best seller lists, websites like Common Sense Media, and recommendations from other readers, we compile what we hope are helpful lists. This is mine.