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The nightingale tells his fairy tale July 31, 2007

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It appears that Hollywood thinks librarians are gonna like the new movie Stardust. They’ve thrown free screenings just for us, they’ve sent free tickets and posters… well, heck, throw in Peter O’Toole, pirates, Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, not to mention Neil Gaiman, and ok, I’ll bite!

Stardust is a lovely old-fashioned fairy story, originally published as a graphic novel, but later released without illustrations. Display it with other Gaiman titles, like Neverwhere and Coraline, and with other fairy-centered books: Tuck Everlasting, The Various, Spiderwick, Emily Rodda, Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men books, E. Nesbit, Artemis Fowl, Michael Buckley’s The Sisters Grimm series, Jane Yolen… and for adults, John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, J.R.R. Tolkein, Gregory Maguire, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

Elizabeth Rafferty in Youth Services is the one to contact about posters and tickets.

Gorgeous fairy coloring pages here and here.


Austenland, USA July 30, 2007

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According to the Boston Globe, “Her novels have no sex or violence, and are 200 years old, yet Hollywood can’t get enough of them”

Who are they talking about? Why, Jane Austen, of course. Beth Reinker in Collection Development sends us this terrific suggestion for movie-related merchandizing this summer:

There are two Jane Austen related movies coming out in Aug./Sept. (The Jane Austen Book Club, based on the novel by Karen Joy Fowler, and Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as the novelist), and I’ve been seeing a lot of new Jane Austen related materials coming out.

It might be a good opportunity for branches to merchandise some of these things together with some of Austen’s novels.

Here are a few of the new titles I’ve seen lately:

Confessions of a Jane Austen AddictLaurie Viera Rigler
Me and Mr. DarcyAlexandra Potter
Lost in AustenEmma Campbell Webster
Austenland Shannon Hale
Just JaneNancy Moser

Becoming JaneAnne Newgarden
Dear Jane AustenPatrice Hannon


  • Persuasion
  • Emma
  • Clueless
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Bride and Prejudice

Le jour de gloire est arrivé! July 12, 2007

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Celebrate Bastille Day July 14 with a quickie display of books on the French Revolution, French food, French art, biographies of French monarchs and thinkers, and books on the beauty of France. Explore Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, a fascinating digital library from George Mason University and the City University of New York for inspiration and keywords.

It’s only love and that is all July 11, 2007

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Found via AL Direct, a new contest for libraries. Is this one for you? It may be, if you have a popular Romance section and someone on your staff that loves it.

The Romance Writers of America has launched a “Libraries Love Romance” contest to reward libraries that have made a significant effort to develop programming or displays highlighting romance fiction in the past year and a half. There’s five hundred bucks in it for the winner in each of two divisions.

(Psst! Can you see what’s wrong with this book cover? Thanks go to Judge a Book by its Cover, a blog celebrating all that is awful on the book covers that pass through the library, for finding this gem.)

The Bay Game July 11, 2007

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Most branches have by now received copies of The Bay Game book, a very nice booklet of mazes, word searches, fish facts, and other activities that the toll booth operators at the Bay Bridge hand out to families passing through.

Why not make a big thing out of these giveaways with a display of coordinating books? B is for Blue Crab, Beach by Elisha Cooper, the books of Priscilla Cummings, and non-fiction from 577.786 (estuaries) and 975.518 (Chesapeake Bay) would highlight this terrific little perk for our customers.

Mighty Cal July 11, 2007

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Within three weeks Baltimore’s hometown hero, Cal Ripken, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pay tribute to his career and the fervor it inspired with a display of anything Ripken you can find – once books like The Ripken Way (796.357 R) and Count Me In (J B R) are snapped up, fill in the gaps with Orioles books and baseball materials in general.

Ripken’s career stats available from MLB.

Baseball printable activities and coloring pages here.

I shall think it a most plenteous crop July 11, 2007

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Tomato sandwich today!

Ah, summer! Tomatos, peppers, beans, and the dreaded zucchini are ripening in backyard gardens across Maryland. Honor the fruits of all that garden labor with a selection of summer cookbooks that celebrate vegetables. A CARL search on keywords “garden” and “cookery” will yield at least enough for an aisle-end slatwall.

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! July 11, 2007

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rain, Everglades

Like it or not, summer thunderstorms are upon us. Help satisfy kid (and grownup) curiosity about these tumultuous meteorological events with a display of books and DVD’s on hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather.

Big art museum! Local artists! July 11, 2007

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The Baltimore Museum of Art is continuing the FreeFall Baltimore program with free admission all year. Take advantage of their great new family fun kits, the free admission, and their superlative air conditioning and go check out new exhibit “The Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Finalists: Artscape at the BMA.” Send good vibes when you view the work of Finalist Tony Shore – he’s Perry Hall’s Andrea Shore‘s husband!

Are you a “hipper shusher”? July 9, 2007

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Sunday saw an interesting article on librarians in the New York Times Style section. The author of the article, Kara Jesella, co-author of the recent How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, spent some time with some twenty-something librarians in New York City and Washington, D.C., and came away with the astonishing news that nowadays, librarians can have cute haircuts, tattoos, and MySpace accounts.

It seems to us that you can read the article, “A Hipper Crowd of Shushers” as a great leap forward for librarians – when was the last time librarians made the Style section? – or you can come away somewhat offended. The author makes kind of a big deal out of the “guybrarian” in the group, and she seems to imply that the injection of tattooed hipsters is in and of itself having an impact on the profession.

Worth a read and a think.

Immigrant song July 6, 2007

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The new movie entitled The Golden Door, reviewed in the Baltimore Sun, is about European immigrants coming to the United States by ship. The title is taken from The New Colossus, the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

If you think about it, you can relate the immigrant journey to a Reading Road Trip, and maybe get some Summer Reading Club mileage out of the movie (pun intended). Or you might fill out an adult display with a combination of books about Ellis Island, both fiction and nonfiction, and books from both sides of the current immigration debate. Hmmm!

This wonderful article from the Christian Science Monitor underlines the importance of libraries for people who are new to this country, seeking language and assimilation skills.

Book lists:

The Center for Children’s Books offers an annotated bibliography of children’s books about immigration, dated May 2007

The Library of Congress Learning Page has a list of 39 excellent books on immigration, covering all ages

Lucky Number Seven July 6, 2007

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Ok, we all know it’s superstitious nonsense, but tomorrow is the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year of this millenium – 7/7/07 – and apparently, Las Vegas is expecting a record number of gamblers, there are tons and tons of weddings scheduled, and… it’s the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth.

Get out your numerology books, your books on poker and gambling, and heck, why not drag out the Heinlein books too. Given that we appear to have survived 6/6/06, when lots of people thought the world was going to end, we should celebrate 7/7/07!

Fight evil. Read books. July 6, 2007

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It’s a question we face every time… how do we capitalize on the new Harry Potter book – and movie! – when all our copies are checked out?

Use BCPL’s After Harry Potter booklist to select similar books for a big fantasy display. Multnomah County’s “If you liked Harry Potter, try…” list is long and up-to-date. Click on this link, as the link from BCPL’s Harry Potter page is broken. Similar lists are online from other library systems. Waterboro Public Library has a very comprehensive one, as does Boston Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Christchurch City Libraries (in New Zealand!).

Try to put this display where adults are likely to see it too – we know plenty of grownups who read Diane Wynne Jones and Philip Pullman (not to mention J.K. Rowling) purely for pleasure!

Which Hogwarts student are you? July 6, 2007

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Sneaks took a couple of those Harry Potter character quizzes on the Internet and here are the results:

First of all, we’re in Ravenclaw:

Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose intelligence is surest.”

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron’s affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine’s editor).

Take the most scientific Harry Potter Quiz ever created. Get Sorted Now!


Next, we find out we’re Harry!

I was Harry Potter at the Harry Potter character quiz @ Crazylicious.com

Or maybe Hermione…

Which HP Kid Are You?
Or maybe Harry after all…

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

(This last one is based on Myers-Briggs personality types!)

Why not click through and have a little fun before rounding up all your J fantasy books for a big “What to read if Harry Potter is all checked out” display!