Librarian Newsletter: November 2020

These days -- especially now that it's getting darker earlier -- it's so easy to develop asocial tendencies, to turn inward instead of sharing thoughts and ideas with others. Book clubs are powerful tools that help keep us connected with one another, and they push us to broaden our minds.

But what do you do when book members don't actively participate? Our recent article, "Effective Ways to Encourage Quiet Book Club Members to Speak Up" has some useful tips.

We also spotlight our new read-alikes app for library subscribers, and -- for those who could use a little positive boost from their books these days -- we highlight a selection of uplifting books.

You can also preview November's new and notable titles, and catch up on recent book news from around the industry.

Lastly, don't miss out on our BookBrowse for Libraries Fall Sale! Now through November 30th save 10% and lock in the discounted rate for 2 years!

Be well and thank you for reading,

Elena Spagnolie, Library Specialist
BookBrowse Blog:
Effective Ways to Encourage Quiet Book Club Members to Speak Up
Book clubs can be such a wonderful space for people to share their ideas; diverse viewpoints can lead to deeper and more valuable discussions that help us grow, both as individuals and as a society.

But what do you do when people don't speak up? How do you encourage quiet members to contribute?

To better understand what to do (if anything), it's important to look at the reasons why a book club member might be staying silent...
BookBrowse for Libraries Fall Sale
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Uplifting Books for Discussion
We have heard from many people that they are finding it difficult to focus on books they would normally enjoy amid the ongoing pandemic and political and social upheaval. So, if you are feeling that way, you should know that you are not alone.

Allow us to suggest our "Uplifting Books" book club category (all with reading guides) which includes books that may contain dark themes and real-life issues, but do so while focusing on kinder human connections with a decent splashing of hope.
BookBrowse for Libraries: Feature Focus
Read-Alikes App
BookBrowse offers a variety of resources exclusively for subscribing libraries including our new read-alikes app!

Subscribing libraries embed a single line of code into their website and then patrons can search for handpicked read-alikes for more than 4,000 books and 3,000 authors directly from the library's site.
Book News
Breaking news on authors, publishers, and book-related topics, including:
  • Why lockdown was the plot twist that libraries needed
  • How bookstores are weathering the pandemic
  • At this bookstore in Taiwan, visitors shop in the dark
November's New & Notable Books
From the many books that will publish in November, we've selected about 40 that we think are particularly noteworthy.

Below is a small sample; click the jackets for more information on those particular titles, or go straight to our November books page.

Subscribers (both individuals, and patrons and librarians of subscribing libraries) can see and sort the full list by date and genre. They can also download the list in spreadsheet format, including ISBN, publisher, genre, page count, etc.

Non-members can see and sort books by month up until the current month.
For questions about BookBrowse for Libraries,
including quotes and trials, please contact me:
Elena Spagnolie, Library Specialist
1-800-745-5306 x 109
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