Ever since I learned about the epic blog EarlyWord I have made a point to look at it at least once week, if not once a day (depending on the season).
If you want to be ahead of the game on all things Reader’s Advisory, this blog will be a big help, especially if you are short on time to read through all the starred Library Journal and School Library Journal reviews. EarlyWord keeps you abreast of the next book set to hit the big screen, the titles that book clubs will be fighting for, and just some fresh new authors and award winners that you can recommend when someone’s favorite writer is on break.
EarlyWord also mentions any books or authors doing the rounds on tv shows and radio so you’re prepared when that patron comes to the desk to ask about the book she heard about on the Today Show.
I always tell any new staff I’m training to check this blog when it’s slow on the desk. A quick glance can take you from giving your patron a confused look as they fumble for a title to being a superhero for knowing it before they could even complete their thought.