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Bon appetit! June 29, 2007

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Ratatouille is this summer’s family movie from Pixar, and like The Incredibles and Cars in years past, it is likely to be a big hit. Ratatouille is the story of Remy, a rat who lives in Paris and is a serious, though unlikely, gourmand. Misunderstood Remy, who wants nothing more than to celebrate the wonderful food that surrounds him, schemes up a way to express himself through cooking with the help of a somewhat hapless human accomplice.

BCPL can ride Remy’s coattails (rattail?) with a display of kids’ cookbooks, or play up the Reading Road Trip angle with a bunch of books on Paris and France. Click “more” for a short list of books that might fill out a small movie tie-in display..



Head out on the highway! June 29, 2007

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Thanks to Dave Lapenotiere of White Marsh for sending this picture of their SRC display table covered with maps. It’s an inspired display idea that’s also inexpensive and quick – what’s not to love?! You might also use road maps as backdrops on standing shelf units.

SRC Displays June 12, 2007

Posted by sneaks in BCPL best practices, display topics, Summer Reading Club 2007.
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Quoted from each branch manager’s monthly reports, here’s how our libraries are looking for Summer Reading Club!

Essex: As you enter the library you see the lighted arch with small cars traveling in rows. Dangling from the center of the arch is a working traffic light and on the SRC table a ‘smiling car’ tablecloth. The ceiling is arrayed with numerous hanging vehicles and the window is painted with a colorful three panel window of Sneaks and friends. The Essex Staff is serious about Summer Reading Club decorating.

Hereford: Doris Somers and Jeanne Andrews have taken the lead with SRC planning and decorating, with beautiful results. Our customers can come to HE and look around to see an adventurous Sneaks driving to DC, New York, the beach, and other great destinations.

Landsdowne: While Lorrie Jackson was working on finishing her SRC painting in our gorgeous area way, she looked through the window and saw a different kind of moon in the form of a naked derriere  belonging to a young patron unhappy at being asked to leave for the day.

Parkville: Spotted through the window with a sleeping kid in the back of the Subaru: a cool signpost noting direction and mileage to several exciting destinations that you can visit virtually in books!

Reisterstown: Put your seatbelts on – Sneaks is on the move. The library has been transformed into a travelogue by our excellent SRC team. What a wonderful team! For example, the lobby is the West Coast complete with waves, sun, vineyard, and a “bathing beauty” sunning herself on the top of the hold shelf.

White Marsh:  Our information desk is decorated in a cool road sign cloth Mary Power picked up at a crafts store. Table displays are covered with maps.

… and not to be overlooked just because it’s not open to the public:

Diana Harrison decorated the hallway in front of Cataloging to reflect the SRP roadtrip theme

If you’ve got photos or additional inspiration and description, please send them to pwilley@bcpl.net. Thanks!

Turn storytimes into circ times! June 12, 2007

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Here’s a cute idea from North Point:

In an attempt to increase circulation after storytimes, we are offering handstamps as incentives to children who check out material. The Program team checked stats and saw a slight increase over the previous month. They are recommending that we try it again during June. Stats will be compared to June 06 to see if circ increased.

When a storytimer hands a book to a child at the end of storytime, it has enormous cachet. There’s a lot to do when setting up for storytime, but assembling a stack of books that relate the the theme of the storytime almost guarantees that those books are going to be checked out.

We’re famous! June 7, 2007

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Hemmingway the BookWorm brings the mayor to the library to show that it can offer much more than the internet can. This video (1:58), shot at Towson, is one of five finalists in the Thomson Gale “I Love My Library!” video contest. You can cast your vote for the one that you think best conveys a love for the library and its resources at the Librareo website. The deadline is June 11.

Word is that the filmmakers plan to split the cash prize with the library if they win! So go vote!

See your building as your customers do June 7, 2007

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Information Today offers a system for evaluating your library’s physical environment. Called “How to Evaluate Your Library’s Physical Environment” (uh, yes), it’s worth carrying on a thought-provoking stroll through the branch.

What’s YOUR favorite book? June 7, 2007

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Residents of Moline, Illinois answered that question and were photographed with their book for a special exhibition celebrating the opening of the new Moline Public Library. Check out the pictures – they’re just lovely. And with the advent of easy digital photography, why not try something like this at your branch?

Which book? This book! June 1, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, fiction, fun, great ideas, problem solving.
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From the UK we get a wacky new way to help adults find a book that suits their mood or taste. Whichbook is a web site that helps the user identify books in terms of setting, protagonist gender, plot shape, or… and this is the really mind-blowing part… by using a set of descriptors like funny, happy, sad, serious, disturbing, sexy, etc.

It’s hard to describe. Here’s a screenshot:


Each of those scales on the left has a slider – so you can ask for a medium-short book that is very funny and sort of disturbing, and has just a little sex. So far, I’ve tried lots of combinations and never stumped it. And, being British, Whichbook offers choices that might not be the first books that we would reach for.

Whichbook apparently also interfaces with the British library system, so when you find a book that suits you, you can hit a button marked “Borrow it.” Wow. This might qualify as a MD 23 Things technology post… that is some high-powered stuff.