Early Scares: Halfway to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf

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Short stories are alive and kicking when it comes to tales of terror. Here are some recent anthologies that will deliver just the right amount of chills and thrills.

Leading Adults to YA Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

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According to a 2012 Bowker study, “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age,” the majority of YA buyers, at 55 percent, are adult—and of those, 78 percent are buying for themselves.

Learning To Love Romance | Readers’ Advisory

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Passionate historicals, fast-paced suspense, werewolves, Vikings, modern-day bikers, Navy SEALs, Amish families. The romance genre can give you all these things and a happy ending.

Making Horror Less Scary | Readers’ Advisory

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Welcome to the world of horror fiction, where monsters roam the streets, vampires attack at night, ghosts haunt every home, and mayhem is the norm.

Expanding the SF/Fantasy Universe | Readers’ Advisory

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Among librarians, both science fiction (sf) and fantasy can create feelings of fear and uncertainty about our ability to serve our readers’ needs. But that needn’t be the case: here are some ways to become more comfortable with sf and fantasy and better at connecting patrons with the genre.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

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There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

Living on the Edge with Thrillers | Readers’ Advisory

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Thriller literature tends to have a bad reputation, and it’s unclear why that stigma exists. The majority of best-selling books today fall into this genre, and the writing, layout, characters, and plot can be at least as complex as in other genre fiction.

Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

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Author Colum McCann wrote in the Guardian that “poets have their fingers on a different pulse.” The creators of the following novels skillfully position poetry at the center of their tales, putting their own fingers on that very beat.

Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

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With holiday feast days, the opening of farmers markets, and longed-for seasonal favorites finally showing up in stores, spring is an excellent time to reevaluate cookbook collections.

Must-Have Books on Syria: Check Your Collection | Wyatt’s World

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The fractured country of Syria is once again front-page news, making this a moment to attend to the collection. Here are five essential titles to help readers understand past and current events in the war-torn region.