Grammar School Librarians’ Book Recommendation Service is Turning Heads -- and Pages

Many libraries offer recommendation services to the public -- and now, CGPS’s Grammar School Library does as well. When Grammar School librarian Ingrid Abrams worked at the Brooklyn Public Library, she worked on a recommendation service called BookMatch. “The patrons loved the personalized attention, so I thought it would be fun to recreate it here at our School,” she said.

Thus began the new CGPS “Your Next Three Reads” program, a personalized recommendation service open to all Grammar School students, families and staff members. Both Ms. Abrams and her fellow Grammar School librarian, Joanna Sondheim, use in-depth research methods — including pulling recommendations from their own list of favorites — to curate a list of titles their readers will really love. “Our most important goal is to really listen to what our readers request,” Ms. Abrams added. “We want to offer everyone books that they're excited about.”

So what are their favorite recommendations to date?

For students: 

The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Sarai Gonzalez

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes.


For adults:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry.