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Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

Tip #6: Literary Spies

Kitty Felde

Readers from Newport Mill Middle School in Maryland

Readers from Newport Mill Middle School in Maryland


Our latest tip for coaxing reluctant readers comes from Jessica Snyder, media specialist at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington, Maryland.

Jessica says you have to know your patrons, whether they are fans of manga or fantasy, or whether they're following a series and desperate for the next book.

Jessica says she keeps up with the literature about new releases, but her best intelligence about the next hot book comes from the kids themselves. Jessica says she taps the kids in her library book club (you can see them: it's the group of girls facing my microphone at the top of this newsletter.) Jessica says she's also created a sort of library advisory group - kids who regularly report to her about what's new and what's coming out soon. 

Jessica is fortunate to have a budget that allows her to acquire the latest titles, though she does have to wait for approval before the books are available to the kids. Then, she tweets out the news: come and get it!

So how do her spies get their intelligence? Social media, of course. Jessica says the kids follow their favorite authors on Twitter and elsewhere.

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