Are you in the mood for a young adult thriller with a strong female lead character, looking for a historical fiction novel set during Puritan New England, or interested in learning more about race issues in the U.S. election system?
All of these specific requests and many others have come up on Twitter during #AskALibrarian, an hour-long, question-and-answer session every Thursday at 10 a.m. MDT. During this session, librarians from Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and dozens of other libraries throughout the United States and Canada answer reading questions and provide recommendations to people in search of their next great book.
And the librarians try to answer each question quickly and thoroughly. Here are some examples of suggestions our librarians have offered. Click on any of the images, and your browser will open a gallery window:
JCPL rotates eight librarians in pairs of two each Thursday morning, which allows for different perspectives and experience when fielding questions every week.
“#AskALibrarian is a fun way to offer readers suggestions and engage with patrons in a nontraditional way,” said Kelsey Ashton, one of the adult services coordinators at JCPL. “We engage with readers and library users across North America. This is something that many people may not think to go to a library for, but one for which we can offer expert, personalized service.”
If you’re interested in participating in #AskALibrarian and getting your next great reading suggestion, follow JCPL on Twitter, opens a new window, and come with your questions every Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m.
For more in-depth questions or needs and personalized reading lists, visit Just For You, opens a new window on the JCPL website!