Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) is pleased to announce Custom Book Lists for Kids, an online book recommendation service for children and their parents. The service allows parents and caregivers to fill out an online form to receive personalized book recommendations from HCPL librarians within one week. The Custom Book List will contain links to the library’s catalog where users can place items on hold, meaning patrons will not need to make a trip to the library until their book is available. E-book and E-audiobook users can get expert recommendations and start reading anywhere they have an internet connection.
While HCPL anticipates getting requests mainly from parents and caregivers who are looking for a little help finding that perfect book for their child, the library also welcomes kid-initiated requests. Librarians are pleased to offer this service in anticipation of the holidays, when busy families may need to stock up on reading materials for trips and entertainment on winter break days. HCPL debuted online book recommendations two years ago with the Teen 3 Books 4 Me service, and began offering Custom Book Lists for Adults last spring. Custom Book Lists for Kids builds off the successes of those services, while incorporating new features designed to best serve children and their caregivers. For example, Custom Book Lists for Kids focuses on making recommendations based on developmentally appropriate practices. Librarians understand and are trained to work with the great variety in reading ability among children, and HCPL staff will use their expertise in combination with information collected through the online form to match each child with books they can successfully enjoy.
Another important feature of Custom Book Lists for Kids is that it serves not only avid readers, but aims to find materials suitable for reluctant readers as well. The online form for Custom Book Lists for Kids includes a section where parents whose children do not like to read, or do not read often, can list their child’s favorite TV shows, movies, hobbies, and interests so that librarians can make suggestions for engaging reading materials.
Custom Book Lists for Kids is intended to help children from birth to grade 5 grow their love of books and reading. If a child needs help finding books for a homework assignment, or if a teacher needs help finding books for their class, we suggest a phone call or visit to the library.
We hope you take advantage of this new service during the busy holiday season!
You can find Custom Book Lists for Kids at henricolibrary.org/recommendations.