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As spring approaches, librarians across the country begin thinking seriously about summer reading and planning outreach visits to local schools. These visits often involve a quick summary of the various services available at the local library and a preview of the prizes and events that will launch with summer reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage reading—be it over the summer months or throughout the school year—is through booktalking. A librarian, armed with a book in hand, a few well-chosen words, and a killer “hook,” is often all it takes to turn a group of staid students into a ravenous rush of readers.
We’ve asked SLJ‘s reviewers to share some of their favorite recent books, along with a short “book hook”; these are mini-booktalks intended to grab the attention of kids and teens—in as few words as possible. Their responses are curated on a fun and shareable Pinterest board.
Please add your own favorite titles and book hooks in the comments section below or post on social media using the hashtag #sljbookhook.


Another brilliant idea from our colleagues at School Library Journal. This can easily be applied for adult summer reading as well. 

    As spring approaches, librarians across the country begin thinking seriously about summer reading and planning outreach visits to local schools. These visits often involve a quick summary of the various services available at the local library and a preview of the prizes and events that will launch with summer reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage reading—be it over the summer months or throughout the school year—is through booktalking. A librarian, armed with a book in hand, a few well-chosen words, and a killer “hook,” is often all it takes to turn a group of staid students into a ravenous rush of readers.

    We’ve asked SLJ‘s reviewers to share some of their favorite recent books, along with a short “book hook”; these are mini-booktalks intended to grab the attention of kids and teens—in as few words as possible. Their responses are curated on a fun and shareable Pinterest board.

    Please add your own favorite titles and book hooks in the comments section below or post on social media using the hashtag #sljbookhook.

    Another brilliant idea from our colleagues at School Library Journal. This can easily be applied for adult summer reading as well. 

  2. I’m not special, I’m not anybody you’ve heard of, and I’m not a mover or a shaker. But I’m on the front lines, talking to teens, throwing programs and hoping they come over and over and over again until they do…If you asked me what I’ve done to build the relationships with my teens that I have, I’d say, “Eighteen programs this month” and then probably eat a Kit Kat.

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    Say Hi to Miss Sarah - via Hi Miss Julie!

    Teen librarian Sarah Jones discusses building her teen programs and SRP since 2010. When you have “TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN TEENAGERS AT ONE PROGRAM” - I think you are special!

    (via booksyarnink)