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Tip #62: Don't Make Me Wait!

Kitty Felde

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I hate it when the book on my "want to read" list is checked out. Hate it. And I'm not the only one. When a desired book is missing from the library shelf, some kids would rather just go home.

While numerous studies have shown the importance of reading to reduce summer reading setback, Gina Bingham says the popularity of a library's summer reading program can actually turn off some readers. Gina is the assistant branch administrator at the Montclair Community Library in Dumfries, Virginia. She says the library's summer reading program can wipe out vast sections of the library. "A lot of our popular titles such as 'Big Nate' or 'Dog Man' - they're out!" Other times, she says, there are holds on those titles so it could be the end of summer before she can get these books into the hands of the kids who want them.

Gina says she tries to keep similar books on hand so the young reader can take home something to read. "And then the next thing you know, those kids come in and they're hooked on a new topic and it really does expand their reading list. They learn more."

She admits that it actually challenges the librarians. "You gotta be ready," she says, "especially when summer reading books are out."

One tool she relies on is Novelist - a data base available at most libraries. "You can type in the last book you read or the last book you loved and it will create a list," she says. Goodreads also has a book matchmaker. So does the Contra Costa Library.

Lucky me, I didn't have to look for a read-alike: a copy of Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the Bones" just showed up from the library on my Kindle.