A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform. This week we’re looking at how libraries can use Instagram as a platform for readers’ advisory. An interesting example that popped up this week comes from the UK. In the United States National Bullying Prevention Month takes place during October, but the UK holds Anti-Bullying Month throughout November with National Anti-Bullying Week falling during the third week (November 17-21 this year). As a way to raise awareness and spark discussions about bullying, Sarah Churchill, a bibliophile with a book-focused YouTube channel, started the Anti Bullying Readathon for which participants would read books with bullying themes. A Goodreads group was created and more than 700 members have created a list of 150 books that touch on bullying for a variety of reading levels. Participants engaged in discussions and shared their reading on social media using #AntiBullyReads. Engaging readers in an active discussion, developing themed reading challenges, as well as posting images of recommended books and resources available in the library are excellent ways for libraries to reach patrons on Instagram for readers’ advisory.
How has your library engaged in readers’ advisory through social media? Share with us in the comments section below.
Please follow the link to view this week’s Instagram of the Week images directly on the Storify website: Instagram of the Week – November 24
To view the list of bullying books created by the Anti Bullying Readathon, visit the Goodreads group: Anti Bullying Readathon
Have you come across a related Instagram post this week, or has your library posted something similar? Have a topic you’d like to see in the next installment of Instagram of the Week? Share it in the comments section of this post.