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Graphic novels, comics and zines October 29, 2007

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Patrons continue to be pleasantly surprised that BCPL has an expanding collection of graphic material. Wouldn’t it be great if we could display these hot new items in a more up-front way?

This photo shows graphic novels and comics shelved in fixtures reminiscent of the bins you used to see in record stores. They’re face-out, easy to flip through, and seem to stay in good order. Not to mention you might just find that mint-condition copy of Beggar’s Banquet in there.


From D.C. to Hollywood to Stockholm October 13, 2007

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Not too many people can say, “Well, I used to be Vice President of the United States, but then my career really took off after that.” Al Gore is the first man in history to win both an Academy Award (well, his name isn’t on the statue but he was the one gripping the thing onstage) and a Nobel Peace Prize.

Copies of An Inconvenient Truth are likely to evaporate from the shelves like methane from a cow pasture. Back them up with other books about climate change and environmentalism, or with books by other Presidents and Vice Presidents. Jimmy Carter‘s got a new one coming out (Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease and Building Hope), in addition to last year’s Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.

What do you spy? October 13, 2007

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I Spy Display

This display, at the Ada Community Library in Idaho, is one of the better “I Spy” – themed displays we’ve seen, with bits of text challenging children (and adults!) to find specific objects among many others.

This display takes advantage of a disused bookcase, but a glass-topped display case might work too. Or, if you had some time and a hot-glue gun, you might create seasonal or thematic I Spy dioramas that you could re-use year after year… the mind reels…

Reading in the dark October 13, 2007

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Boy, it’s a great season for movies. Several new ones have ties to literature – here’s the rundown.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Cate Blanchett reprises her Oscar-worthy performance as the Virgin Queen. Break out the biographies and the Elizabethan historical fiction.

Marjane Satrapi‘s semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, is now an animated feature film. Satrapi has written several follow-ups to Persepolis, as well as a picture book for children, Monsters are Afraid of the Moon.

Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly star in Reservation Road, based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz, recently published in paperback.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the story of, uh, the assassination of Jesse James… a few biographies and western-themed historical novels might make a neat display.

Gone Baby Gone, a movie about a kidnapped child directed by Ben Affleck, is the second of Dennis Lehane‘s novels to be adapted for the big screen. 

and lastly, The Wolves in the Walls, the weird but wonderful children’s book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, has been made into a stage play. Playing at the New Victory Theater in New York city through October 21.

The Report Card October 11, 2007

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Now that the back-to-school frenzy has eased into mere school-year mayhem, think about supporting students and parents with a spotlight selection of skills materials.

Some schools have sent out their first trimester progress reports. You may see increased interest in books about the process of learning to read, math skills, and writing.

A display of books from the following call numbers might serve as a go-to resource for parents at their wits’ end.

Learning to read: 372.21

Dyslexia, speech problems, ADHD, etc: 618.9285

Math skills: J 513

Math games: 793.94

Writing skills: 428

Writing reports: 808.2

Shut up and eat your mystery meat October 11, 2007

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The nation celebrates National School Lunch Week October 15-19. The site is worth a click perhaps for the terrifying characters alone. Yumi Rice Bowl is gonna appear in my nightmares, that’s for sure.

School lunch has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, due to bad news about childhood obesity and worse news about school budgets.

For example, a new study by the Center for Ecoliteracy emphasizes how good nutrition can affect children’s health and school performance. The Edible Schoolyard is a project out of Berkeley that promotes school gardens as sources of nutrition education, science education, and lunchroom veggies.

A new book by Jessica Seinfeld helps parents make it work. Click “more” to see others.


What book changed YOUR life? October 11, 2007

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How interactive are your displays? Catonsville always seems to make a point of inviting customers to recommend materials to their fellow patrons.

this book changed my life display at Catonsville

On a recent visit we noticed a table near the front door with the sign pictured above. Patrons (and staff) are invited to pick a book from the shelves that holds particular meaning, slide a “This book changed my life” bookmark into it, perhaps writing a brief explanation of how you have been affected by the book, and leave it for others to enjoy. This thought-provoking display really invites inspection. It’s an interesting question and some of the answers are bound to be interesting too.

In the children’s section, leaf-shaped slips of yellow and orange construction paper were there for kids to write in their favorite book. The leaves were then taped to a lovely autumn tree painted on a large window.

Nice job, Catonsville, for displays that are both aesthetically and philosophically beautiful.

Doris Lessing, Nobel laureate October 11, 2007

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Doris Lessing, “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny,” was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature today.

Stop, drop, and roll! October 6, 2007

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Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. “Practice Your Escape Plan” is this year’s theme – good advice no matter what topic.

A little display of books on firefighters (363.37 and 628.925), fire engines and fire equipment will help to bring attention to this important safety issue. 

Here’s a PDF coloring sheet from Sparky the Firedog.

On-the-fly booklists October 4, 2007

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From the Arbutus monthly report:

Our Reiki program drew an enthusiastic audience. Many asked questions, some books on display were checked out and Julie Harrison printed out a list of all BCPL holdings on Reiki for the attendees.

Do you do this? Even if you don’t have time to put together a program-related display or pull a cart full of books, you can at least print up a “shopping list” for patrons to take home with them and bring back next time they’re in the library. If your printed list covers all of BCPL’s holdings on the topic (not just the material available at your branch), they might also use the list to place holds from home.

Wonder wall October 3, 2007

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New books

What is it about this display of new books that is so appealing? This Howard County branch turned a long narrow hallway space into a bustling, high-turnover new-book alley, using only these old beige Princeton shelves.

Why does this work?
The vertical shelf units take up very little floor space, leaving ample room for patrons to stand back and survey large areas of shelving.

These units may not be beautiful, but there are a whole lot of them! There’s tons of shelf space here, so books are shelved spine-out on the middle three shelves only, with plenty of space on each shelf for face-out display.

The top and bottom shelf are packed with face-out books.

Wire book supports are employed on the bottom shelf, so that the books are angled upward, and easier to see.