Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

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Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Toil and Trouble: Spooky Halloween Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

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It’s time to get ready for the hordes of patrons who will begin to haunt the library and are in the mood for a good scare; this list of titles will help librarians arm themselves with some bloody-good suggestions.

The City of Lights: Paris in Books | The Reader’s Shelf

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Paris seems a perfect destination for an in-place journey—language barriers fall aside, time periods pose little problem, and the nuances of the intoxicating city are revealed in all their glory.

Portrait of the Artist: Art in Novels | The Reader’s Shelf

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These six books mix history with speculation and masterpieces with the characters that surround them, producing compelling tales of vision and purpose.

Back to School : Classics Worth a Second Read | The Reader’s Shelf

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Consider building a display of classic titles that your patrons might have, shall we say, skimmed the first time around.

Eureka! Science Camp Reading | The Reader’s Shelf

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Take one last stab at summer reading with these nonfiction titles, each offering educational illumination with an infusion of fun.

On Vacation: Books for Summer Reading | The Reader’s Shelf

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Here are six ways to envision summer; from The Vacationers to The Miniaturist

Books by Design: Vintage Fashion in Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf

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Tag sales and thrift shops are not the only places to discover vintage finds. Authors have unearthed the delights of dressing from the past as well. Romance, history, and friendship deepen these stories, and, of course, dresses are in the mix

Spilt Milk: The Ripple Effect of Character Choices | The Reader’s Shelf

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Some actions have unanticipated and unpleasant effects. These six titles explore how characters deal with those consequences—or avoid them—and the larger ramifications of their choices.

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