It isn't just all about a good book anymore. Think about offering up Internet readers advisory. I always love sharing links with patrons. Like book talking, select those sites that would match the person's interest and go along with other activities. I personally love sharing the those sites that highlight the weird and odd, especially with teen patrons. Don't forget to talk about saving bookmarks too! Lots of folks don't realize the number of tools available to save all the cool finds. Here are some of my favorites icebreakers for sharing.
Can't get through the day with out a visit to Listverse. This site takes a "top ten" approach to all sorts of information. Trivia buffs will love this. Covers everything! Here are some example lists:
Top Ten Fictional Detectives, Top Ten Celebrities who have killed someone, Top Ten Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches
Like Listverse, this highlights weird stuff. Not always appropriate for everyone, but always interesting. Love sharing certain pages with teens. Some of my favorites:
Real Life Superheroes, 10 Weirdest Diseases, 10 Most Amazing Extinct Animal
General articles and consumer oriented reporting. Recently partnered with Consumer Reports, I like the newsy articles and consumer oriented horror stories best. Great resource for those at wit's end dealing with the corporate machine. Worth reading regularly.
Okay, I will admit to loving celebrity gossip, rumors and melt-downs. Gawker is one of my favorites for the latest in celebrity rumors, politics gone wrong and assorted other muck. As a librarian, I am duty bound to be informed in all areas of pop culture.
Yeah I know I am shallow but I do aspire to be a better person, more organized, smarter, etc. (I am working on it!) Lifehacker is a great site to regularly check. Quick articles on everything from computers and technology to self improvement. Just checking this site regularly makes me feel better!
Readers aren't just interested in books and periodicals, try suggesting a site. Go forth and RA the web with your public and of course don't forget Awful Library Books. It has great conversation potential too