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How’s your (financial) health? November 30, 2006

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“A good time to do your annual financial checkup is before the end of the year so you can take advantage of any tax-saving strategies, but if you can’t fit it in during the busy holiday season, plan on doing it as soon after the new year as possible.”

So says Deborah Fowles, accountant, author, and small business consultant, and About.com’s financial planning expert.

Books on investments, taxes, retirement plans, wills and debt control might make an easily-refillable end-of-year display.


Magic and juggling November 30, 2006

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers 

Did you know that Penn Jillette, of Penn and Teller, got his start as a juggler? It’s true – most magicians know how to juggle, and lots of jugglers can manage minor sleights of hand.

Many of our December kids’ programs feature jugglers, magicians, or both. You might stock a table or cart near the program area with books like these:

  • Magic tricks, shelved in regular nonfiction and in Science Projects. 793.8
  • Learning to juggle. 793.87
  • The big book of boy stuff, by Bart King. J 790.194 K
  • Crochet : fantastic jewelry, hats, purses, pillows & more, by Jane Davis. J 746.43 D
  • Primary games : experiential learning activities for teaching children K-8 by Steve Sugar and Kim Kostoroski Sugar. 371.33 S

Days of the dragon November 30, 2006

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The movie version of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon is coming soon. New copies of the book are speeding their way to your branch as we speak! Fill out your display with these eye-catching recent books that will appeal to kids (and adults) who have seen the movie or read the book and want more.

  • Dragonology by Ernest Drake
  • Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke
  • the books of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
  • Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books
  • the Pendragon novels by D.J. MacHale
  • the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series by Kate McMullan

Don’t forget manga and movies when building an exciting display on this topic!

December’s movies November 18, 2006

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Click on the “Upcoming movies” tab at the top of the page for lists of upcoming movies that might work as merchandizing tie-ins. Here are the best bets for December:

  • Miss Potter: Yup, a movie about Beatrix Potter – starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor 
  • Apocalypto: Mayans, pre-Cortez. 972.
  • The Good German: George Clooney and Cate Blanchett in post-World War II Berlin. Why not have a 1940’s moment on a display somewhere?
  • Eragon: Based on Christopher Paolini’s popular YA book.
  • Charlotte’s Web: Live-action retelling of E.B. White’s classic book.
  • Night at the Museum: Kids’ movie about a security guard on the night shift at a natural history museum. Have you ever done your own natural history display? Dinosaurs and ancient peoples… could be cool!
  • Children of Men: Sci-fi movie based on a P.D. James novel.
  • Dreamgirls: From the Broadway musical. Motown, girl groups, beehive hairdos, Diana Ross.
  • Perfume: the Story of a Murderer: Based the novel by Patrick Suskind.
  • Factory Girl: Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgewick. Break out the bios.

Another idea for J music November 18, 2006

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It’s hard to imagine neater or more browsable storage for J cassettes. Lucite carousels like these are also available for CDs.

Bright lights, big books November 18, 2006

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EPFL J picture books

Another example of a colored shelf backdrop, this one at Pratt Central library. Top-lighting adds to the showcase quality of this display.

Emphasis on anime November 18, 2006

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EPFL anime shelving

It’s hard to tell from this blurry picture, but this is EPFL’s Anime collection.

Not many people realize that BCPL owns copies of Fullmetal Alchemist, Nausicaa, flcl, Princess Mononoke, and other popular anime DVDs. Why not highlight these titles by shelving them together – close to the manga if space and supervision permits.

Rolling display unit November 18, 2006

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EPFL cart display

This painted book truck was spotted on a recent tour of Enoch Pratt. This is a wooden cart, but a metal one would probably work just as well.

Painted in bright primary colors, Pratt uses it as a portable display unit. For storytimes, they load it with themed picture books and wheel it into their storytime area. At other times, it nestles against any free unit end or slice of wall space.

Native American Heritage Month November 2, 2006

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Books about Native American culture and history are threaded throughout BCPL’s collections. It should be no trouble to put together a display that touches on religion, social issues, folk tales, science, crafts, art, music, fiction, and history.

Biographies, both collective and individual, are in BCPL’s collection too. Look for:

  • Jim Thorpe
  • Geronimo
  • Pocahontas
  • Leonard Peltier
  • Sequoyah
  • Tecumseh
  • Crazy Horse
  • Sitting Bull

Making awards lists more accessible November 2, 2006

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Here’s a great idea for always being able to put your hands on your lists of Juvenile award-winning books.

Perry Hall prints the lists on bordered paper and sets them out in an easel stand – easy for you to find and easy to point out to a parent if you’re busy.

NASCAR Nextel Cup November 2, 2006

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The NASCAR series championship is scheduled for November 19 — and NASCAR mania is at its peak. Now is the time to show off those auto racing titles!

Look for biographies of

  • Danica Patrick
  • Tony Stewart
  • Tim Richmond
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Bill Elliott
  • Curtis Turner

as well as everything you’ve got in 796.72.

This NASCAR display comes to us from Cockeysville.