This October, Maureen Carroll, from the Hackensack Middle School, invited her colleagues at the public library for a monthly booktalk program. Keri Adams, YA librarian at Johnson Public Library, presented throughout the day to groups of middle school students about exciting books that spanned many genres. She delivered summaries of each book’s plot, shared book trailers, and gave students helpful insight into the books based on their interests and other similar books they had read. Students were given book slips, pictured below, where they could check off which of the books they were interested in reading. They then returned at the end of the school day to register for library cards (for those aged 13 and up) or to check out books using an existing BCCLS account. Keri and Elisabet Kennedy, the JPL Social Media Coordinator, brought in bags and suitcases full of books for the students to check out from among the titles highlighted in the booktalks. They also told the students about the ongoing programs in the library and how to participate in them. Last year, Maureen nominated Keri for NJLA’s Amy Job Partnership Award, which they were successfully awarded for their accomplishments together. Students came in to the media center in a constant flow to attend these booktalks – the Hackensack Media Center is undeniably a popular place to be!