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Parenting books where parents sit October 26, 2006

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This tabletop display of parenting books sits on a table just outside the baby area in Towson. It is stocked not only with books, but with flyers and other pickup items as available.

This great idea comes from Mercedes Mendoza in Towson. Thanks!

One-stop program shopping October 26, 2006

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Cockeysville has gathered all of the easel-mounted posters for children’s programs in one place. They are lined up on top of a shelf that is showing its “back” to the larger space.

This is a terrific use of this surface, especially given its proximity to checkout. Plus, don’t those posters all look great together? What a talented Art Department we have!

Getting adults engaged in Children’s Book Week October 26, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, J is for Juvenile, winter, YA.
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One way to encourage family reading is to welcome parents and caregivers into the rich world of children’s fiction. As we know, children’s fiction can be just as gripping as the best adult fiction – in fact, it’s usually faster-paced and threaded with more humor.

Plenty of adults read Harry Potter – you might suggest A Series of Unfortunate Events for those readers. Also, adult authors such as Gregory MacGuire, Neil Gaiman, Meg Cabot, and Carl Hiaasen write books for kids and young adults too.

Other read-with-your-kid author and book suggestions might include:

  • Tamora Pearce for an adult who enjoys Anne McCaffrey
  • Philip Pullman for Gregory MacGuire readers
  • Gary Paulsen for Clive Cussler fans

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

  • Anthony Horowitz for an adult who enjoys spy novels
  • Roald Dahl for the adult who reads unconventional humorous fiction like Christopher Moore or Neil Gaiman
  • Tony DiTerlizzi for fans of magic realism
  • Eoin Colfer for SF fans
  • Libba Bray for adults who enjoyed The DaVinci Code
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

  • Linda Sue Park for Amy Tan readers
  • L.M. Montgomery for readers of Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Karen Hesse for personal historical fiction a la E.L. Doctorow or John Steinbeck
  • Dana Davidson for urban fiction readers
  • Pam Munoz Ryan for Sandra Cisneros readers

Other J authors whose books appeal to adults include: Christopher Paul Curtis, E.L. Konigsberg, Suzanne Collins, Susan Cooper, Jane Yolen, Kathe Koja, Patricia Reilly Giff

Programming tie-ins October 26, 2006

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Jazz by Matisse

Milk those special programs for all the circs they’re worth!

Position your displays of materials pertinent to the program in high-traffic areas so that people leaving the program can quickly pick up a book or DVD related to the presentation or activity they just participated in on their way out the door.

For fall it’s Impressionist art and criminal forensics, Native Americans, insects, and Klezmer music. Don’t forget biographies and fiction when filling in these displays!

Look up! October 19, 2006

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Be sure to keep an eye on the tabs at the top of this page and the listing of Pages to the right (they’re the same thing). The Calendar and Upcoming Movies pages have been recently updated and now include November and December. In the coming weeks we hope to expand the calendar to include events and observances for the entire year to assist you in planning your displays.

We stoop to conquer October 19, 2006

Posted by sneaks in BCPL best practices, slant shelving.
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Are your bottom shelves packed with books? Loosen up a little!

This New Fiction display is a good example of how to utilize those hard-to-reach bottom shelves. We chose books by best-selling authors, with easy to read titles and bold colors for greatest visibility, and shelved them face-out on the lowest shelf.

A Chorus Line October 19, 2006

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Another take on displaying books on a shelf-top, this one from Woodlawn.

Books of the same height can make a sleek presentation when lined up with their spines slightly overlapping the previous book.

TV in the library October 7, 2006

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Have you thought about gathering all your TV DVDs in one place, as Cockeysville has? If a patron has ever sent you in search of, for example, Season 3, volume 2 of the Sopranos, you know how frustrating the search can be.

If they’re all in one place, it’s easier to keep all the DVDs from a particular show grouped together. Not to mention, the long rows of similar spines are eye-catching.

Paperbacks on display October 7, 2006

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We hate to use the word “never,” but when it comes to paperbacks and face-out display, that pretty much never looks good.

Instead, try laying them down horizontally and making stacks of different heights, as below. It takes up shelf space and is much much neater.

Circle of friends October 7, 2006

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Don’t overlook the obvious when arranging materials. Simply setting items out in a semicircle, as in this grouping of DVDs and videos at White Marsh, adds grace to any display.

Pink ribbons everywhere October 5, 2006

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If you’re planning a display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, round out your selections from 616.9944 and 362.1969 with some biographies of cancer survivors such as Jerri Nielsen, Lynn RedgraveErnestine Bradley, Geralyn Lucas.

And keep Cancer vixen: a true story by Maris Acocella Marchetto on that display; also, Celebrity scarves 2, by Abra Edelman, published by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. A graphic novel and a celebrity crafts book, both about breast cancer… and why not?

I want YOU to read a magazine! October 5, 2006

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We like how this narrow periodical stand welcomes readers into the periodical room at Woodlawn by offering a sneak peek at what’s inside.

This great idea makes use of a narrow bit of space and is typically stocked with high-interest magazines.

It IS a small world! October 5, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, J is for Juvenile, J non-fiction, props and drapes.
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Pine Grove Elementary School contacted Parkville to say that their theme for this semester was, “It’s a Small World.” Parkville responded with this great display of folk and fairy tales from around the world, and accessorized it with an inflatable globe hanging from the ceiling.

Very nice!