I LOVE being a librarian. Okay I'm not technically employed by a library at the moment, but it's sort of hard to stop BEING a librarian when books and the internet are available to me. The switch is always stuck in the "on" position. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what librarians do these days, I figured I'd share a small part of what we do.
This photo shows me at a convention a few years ago talking to other librarians in children and young adult services (my area of interest) about books I loved reading and would recommend. Remember "Reading Rainbow"? That's basically what a "book talk" is like. You give the person an idea of why they might want to read the book, tell them juuuuust enough to hook them and then leave them hanging so they have to read the book to find out more. In this instance, I was sharing with other librarians so that they could in turn share these books with their patrons. Incidentally, one of my picks Looking for Alaska by John Green had just won the Michael E. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (2006).
So if you haven't chatted with your local librarian (or any librarian for that matter!) about what to read next - just ask. We love to talk to people about books and what to read! And be sure to see what the rest of the class is sharing for show-and-tell!