Now’s the time when many of us are thinking about the year past and the year ahead and making some goals for 2015. Your resolutions might include going to the gym, cleaning out your closets, or volunteering somewhere. But today, I want to know about your reading resolutions!
Yes, today’s a great day to think about what goals you might set for yourself for reading in the new year. Making your goals measurable (i.e. “I will read two nonfiction books a month” instead of “I will read more nonfiction this year”) can help you finish your goals and be sure whether you completed them at the end of the year. Don’t feel like you have to set 50 resolutions – start small with something that’s important to you.
Need some ideas? Your resolutions might include:
- Reading more diverse books. Check out the resources on the We Need Diverse Books website for ideas.
- Reading more of a certain genre. Where do you feel weak? Which reader’s advisory questions do you dread?
- Reading more for a certain age group. Are you up on tween books, but unfamiliar with early chapter books?
- Reading all of the ALA Youth Media Award-winners or your state book award nominees.
- Getting out of your children’s literature comfort zone and reading some adult books.
- Adding audiobooks to your reading routine (they’re great company on a walk or while cleaning your kitchen!).
- Reading more professional development books.
Myself, I am finishing up my Newbery year in February, so I am resolving to be easy on myself about setting reading goals in 2015. 😉 But I would love to hear about YOUR goals!
What are your reading resolutions this year?
— Abby Johnson, Children’s Services Manager
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN