Reader's Advisory for Link

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Posted: April 8, 2020

Category: Staff Picks

Reader’s advisory is part of the job when working at a library; it is the process of recommending books or other materials based on a library user’s interests and reading history. When GPPL is open, our staff members provide reader’s advisory in person to people visiting the library. Other times, we provide reader’s advisory through book lists, blog posts, or articles aimed at a particular type of library user. For instance, I have written articles recommending books to new fathers and young Star Wars fans.

Sometimes, however, it’s also fun to suggest the kinds of books a fictional character should be reading. I recently wrote an article for the Daily Herald-Tribune listing some books I would suggest to the Mandalorian, and today I thought about books for another character: Link from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series of video games.
My recommendations for Link fall into two categories: books about the game series itself that might provide some additional context or inside information, and books that might provide inspiration or skills necessary for surviving an epic quest.

Legend of Zelda-related Works

  • Art and Artifacts by Nintendo
  • Creating a Champion by Nintendo
  • Hyrule Historia by Nintendo (shelved in our juvenile non-fiction section)
  • The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy edited by Luke Cuddy (adult non-fiction)
  • The Legend of Zelda and Theology by Jonathan Walls
  • Legends of Localization Book 1: The Legend of Zelda by Clyde Mandelin

Other Books

  • The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills by Joshua Piven (ebook through the Libby app)
  • The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (juvenile paperback, ebook and eaudiobook through the Libby app)
  • How to be a World Explorer by Joel Levy (juvenile non-fiction)
  • Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat (juvenile adventure, ebook through the cloudLibrary app)
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (juvenile paperback, eaudiobook through the Libby App)

Now, with a real person, it’s fairly easy to see whether I have been successful with reader’s advisory. If they leave the library holding a book I recommended and are excited about reading it, I have succeeded. But how can I tell whether I’ve succeeded with Link?

Well, here’s how. Just take a look at Link:

A pixellated image of a boy holding a shield

It’s hard to tell from there. Try looking a little closer.

A pixellated image of a boy holding a shield
Closer still…

A pixellated image of a boy holding a shield
Try looking as close as possible (and click on the image to see an even larger version if necessary!)

A pixellated image of a boy holding a shield made up of tiny book covers
I’d say those books absolutely made Link('s day)!

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