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Notable new books in October September 28, 2006

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Is this the end? It is for Lemony Snicket fans – The End, the 13th and final volume in A Series of Unfortunate Events, drops on October 13.

A new novel from Mitch Albom, For One More Day should be here any minute. Take this opportunity to recommend Albom’s other books.

The arrival of Mommy, Maurice Sendak’s first pop-up book, might inspire a mini-display of some Wild Things and some Little Bears.

My Secret: A PostSecret book is the third publication from Frank Warren’s compelling web site. Use his previous books and the Found books by Davy Rothbart to do a display on these glimpses into unknown lives.

Also, there are new books from Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, Hiaasen, Cussler, Grisham… seems like you could showcase any bestselling author this month and have a new book to hook ’em in!

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Local hero named Teen Chair of Teen Read Week September 28, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, YA.
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KimmieUnited States Olympic Figure Skater Kimmie Meissner has been named Teen Chair of Teen Read Week™, the only national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians and educators.

Teen Read Week™ is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association. 

The theme for Teen Read WeekTM 2006 is Get Active @ your library®, which encourages teens to use the resources at their library to lead an active life.  Teen Read Week will be held October 15-21, 2006.

Crafts are cool! September 28, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, winter.
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pirate change purse

Recent books such as Stitch and Bitch Nation and The crafty diva’s D.I.Y. stylebook highlight the surprising renaissance in crafts such as knitting, crocheting, and decoupage among young people.

Events like this weekend’s Crafty Bastards exhibition and sale in Washington, D.C. celebrate these new-fashioned creative crafters, showcasing such items as a lamp made of cocktail umbrellas, knitted pirate-themed change purses, and plush toys made to resemble things like telephones.

Borrow some of this buzz with a hip display of craft books at your library. You could even accessorize with a basket of arts and craft supplies.

Audio books? or audio bricks? September 21, 2006

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An unorthodox way to shelve audio books, this can be a solution where space is in short supply, especially for materials that are all of the same height.

  • Pro: titles are easy to read
  • Cons: no face-out display, must be kept very tidy

A perfect tablecloth September 21, 2006

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PI- 022 This red drape picks up the colors in some of the books on display, and furthermore hides the boxes and supports that turn this plain square table into what looks like a custom display fixture!

Small or muted patterns are best for tablecloths and drapes – the small metallic pattern on this one dazzles without detracting from the books.

Nice one, Pikesville!

Git along, little dogies September 21, 2006

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Where are your Westerns? Lost in the regular shelving?

Why not do as Reisterstown did, and round ’em up into a free-standing dump or gondola?

Wire shelving and manga September 13, 2006

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Use your wire shelving to store and display manga. The uniform sizes and long runs of similar spines mitigate the visual confusion created by the open structure of the shelves.

Aisle-end slatwall September 13, 2006

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Pack your aisle-end slatwall tightly with the brightest, cleanest books you can find! Slight overlap is ok.

Special labels for series fiction September 13, 2006

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The human brain processes images something like nine times faster than it does words. A series logo such as “American Girl” or “Animal Ark” is instantly recognizable by adult and child alike.

It takes a little extra trouble to make these specialized shelf labels (here, at Essex), but to a beginning reader, it’s probably worth it.

Three ways:

  1. Find the series logo on the Internet, copy it into Microsoft Word (or a graphics program), print on a color printer, and trim.
  2. Scan the logo from a book, import it into Word (or a graphics program), print, and trim.
  3. Color copy the logo from a book or other promotional materials, print and trim.

Get your free DVDs here! September 13, 2006

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Why not promote the free DVDs? As you can see from the larger view of this display, this sign is doing its job!

Putting examples of the “No Checkout Fee” and “21-day Loan” stickers on the sign cuts down on disputes at the checkout desk.


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Thanks, North Point, for sharing!

Pretty picture books all in a row September 13, 2006

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Sometimes it’s exciting to have a huge overlapping crowd of books on display, and sometimes some space between makes each book stand out.

The spacing, height variances, and color selection of these picture books makes for a very nice example of the latter.

This is at Parkville.

Spine out works best for urban fiction September 13, 2006

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Paperbacks with curling covers can look more presentable when presented spine out, packed fairly tightly. Have more on hand to add to the display when gaps begin to occur.

Paperbacks in a basket September 12, 2006

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Paperbacks in a basket

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Even paperbacks that have seen some wear can be displayed
Don’t use baskets that are too big – a few books per basket is fine

Try this with new urban fiction!

This great idea is from Essex – Thanks!

Elevate your signs September 12, 2006

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Elevate your signs

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

Put an 8 ½ x 11” sign in a 11 x 17” holder
This raises the sign up over the surrounding books
Use a piece of colored paper for a background

Thank you North Point!

Mother Goose Day, May 1 September 12, 2006

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“The Mother Goose Society was founded in 1987 to encourage a love for the warm tradition of Mother Goose rhymes and Mother Goose’s comforting embrace.”

Look for Mother Goose books under “M” in Easies, and also by these authors:

  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Salley Mavor
  • Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Nina Crews
  • Dan Yaccarino
  • Kate McMullan
  • Frances Edelen Clegg
  • Will Moses

Click here for book lists and ideas

Coloring pages can be found online at dltk.

Banned Books Week 2006 September 12, 2006

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Banned Books Week 2006

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
September 23-30

It’s Perfectly Normal was the most challenged book of 2005
See the top ten challenged books here
More info on ALA’s website
Try The Forbidden Library for another look at banned books

Board book storage at Arbutus September 12, 2006

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Board book storage

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

This toddler bed was fitted with wooden dividers to make a kid-height storage unit for board books.

Borrow display topics from school curriculum September 12, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, J is for Juvenile.
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Many schools use school-wide themes to inspire integrated projects. Themes may be

  • Continents or cultures, like Asia, or the Arab world
  • Behavioral concepts, like teamwork
  • Historical concepts, e.g. “Movements”

We help a lot of teachers find books on topics they’re teaching – why not ask if their school will use themes this school year?

Add those themes to your merchandizing idea list – your displays will appear to be mind-readers!

J CDs at Pikesville September 12, 2006

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J CDs at Pikesville

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

Pikesville uses flip-file drawer inserts to create shelf-top storage for kids’ CD’s.
The CD’s are very visible and browsing is easy.

DVD display September 12, 2006

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DVD display

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

Towson recently loaded this DVD display to the gills
– some loved it and thought it inviting
– others thought it looked too crowded

What’s your opinion on filling displays to the brim?

Juvenile non-fiction display topics for summer September 12, 2006

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Juvenile non-fiction display topics for summer

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
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Baby Booster kit storage September 12, 2006

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Baby Booster kit storage

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Parkville installed a row of hooks for storing Baby Booster kits.
The kits are out of the way but still visible…
…and the hooks hold coats during cold-weather story times!

J CDs at Hereford September 12, 2006

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J CDs

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

We’ve seen all sorts of creative ideas for shelving kids music
Here’s one of the best, from Hereford
CD’s stack neatly and there’s room for one face-out at the top of each stack

First impressions count! September 12, 2006

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First impressions count!

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

What do people see when they enter your branch?
Walk in from the outside and be critical —
Is it fun?
Is it full?
Is it colorful?
Is it current?

Thanks to Essex for sharing their gorgeous entryway.

Kid-tested September 12, 2006

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Kid-tested

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Encourage kids to ‘vote’ for their favorite books
Use the completed ballots as bookmarks and put those books on display
The kid-to-kid recommendation sends the books flying off the shelf!

Thanks to Catonsville for the great idea!

I heard it on NPR September 12, 2006

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I heard it on NPR

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Books featured on NPR often become heavily reserved titles
How about a special display of these books?
Go to www.npr.org and click on Books to see the most recent titles featured on all NPR programs
Jody Sharp (AO) passed along this great idea!