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Taylor Swift RA: Making an Eras Tour Book Display

If your library is anything like mine, your patrons (and staff!) love Taylor Swift. I constantly see patrons in Eras Tour t-shirts. They rush to check out Taylor Swift biographies. They talk about her music with Swiftie staff members. So when Taylor Swift released her newest album, The Tortured Poets Department, I knew I had to make a book display based around the Eras Tour. Here’s how I decided what kind of books to feature for each album.

Photo Credit: Ronald Woan from Redmond, WA, USA. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
  • Taylor Swift’s debut record features songs about songs like “Tim McGraw” and “Our Song”. Since so many of the songs are about music, I highlighted books about musicians: The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy and Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner.
  • Fearless is an album filled with hits, especially “Love Story”.  To match the hit song, I chose middle grade books that also retell Romeo and Juliet. There were many great options, but I chose Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee and Whatshisface by Gordon Korman.
  • Speak Now’s title track is a fan favorite song, where Taylor Swift breaks up a wedding. So, for this era, I chose books about planning – and stopping – weddings: The Sister Split by Auriane Desombre and The Best Man by Richard Peck.
  • Red is an album focused on finding out who you are. I chose Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier because it went with the theme of self-discovery. I also included 12 to 22 by Jen Calonita. The main character lists “22” as one of her favorite songs.
  • 1989 is Taylor Swift’s most famous album. The opening song is “Welcome to New York”, so I chose books that take place in New York City. It was hard to choose, but I included Streetcar to Justice by Amy Hill Hearth and Salsa Magic by Letisha Marrero.
  • reputation is an album about the way other people see us. I wanted to include books about characters that have problems with their reputations, so I chose The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari Lowe and What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski.
  • Lover is one of Taylor Swift’s most popular records. Boosted by the Eras Tour, the song “Cruel Summer” has become a huge hit. Going along with the summer theme, I chose The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon and Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn.
  • folklore was her first of two albums released during the pandemic. To match the album’s title, I chose books based on folklore and legends from around the world: Aru Shah and the End of Time: The Graphic Novel by Roshani Chokshi and Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.
  • evermore was her second album released during the pandemic. The album’s opening song, “willow”, has a witch-themed music video and Eras Tour performance. For this era, I chose books that are about witches: Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono and Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega.
  • Midnights is a concept album where every song is from a different sleepless night. The music video for the song “Bejeweled” retells the story of Cinderella. To match the music video, I chose books that involve Cinderella: The Stolen Slippers by Melissa de la Cruz and Delphine and the Silver Needle by Alyssa Moon.
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An Eras Tour themed Readers’ Advisory post for social media.

I also made a social media graphic advertising these titles. Karen Jensen from the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog wrote “Reverse Engineering: Taylor Swift Inspired RA Tools in Canva”. This excellent post shows how to make Eras Tour graphics using Canva. I loved it! It made figuring out what fonts to use so much easier.

This display can work by itself, or as part of a larger Taylor Swift themed program. If you’re looking for program ideas, try this Taylor Swift themed karaoke Amy Steinbauer created – your patrons will love it! I can’t wait to try it at my library.

Have you ever made a Taylor Swift book display? What books did you include?


Ann Baillie (she/her/hers) is the Youth Services Assistant Manager at the Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library in Alsip, Illinois. She is the past-manager of the Illinois Library Association’s Youth Services Forum. Her main interests are the connection between Readers’ Advisory and technology, and how libraries can use technology to better reach patrons.

This post addresses ALSC Core Competencies II. Reference and User Services and IV. Collection Knowledge and Management.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

2 comments

  1. Suzi Wackerbarth

    How cool!! I did a display for the Tortured Poets album.

    1. Ann Baillie

      That’s wonderful, Suzi! What books did you include?

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