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How come our bookcarts don’t have wings? November 25, 2007

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Woolly mammoths, conestoga wagons, the Yellow Submarine and the Mystery Machine were all entries in the nationwide Pimp My Bookcart competition sponsored by Unshelved.

Go to the contest website to see the winner – a UPS truck complete with working headlights!


National Book Award winners November 25, 2007

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Novels by Sherman Alexie and Denis Johnson won National Book Awards this week. Others honored included Edwidge Danticat, Robert Hass, Tim Weiner, and Christopher Hitchens. See the full list on the National Book Foundation‘s website.

To Read or Not to Read November 20, 2007

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From To Read or Not To Read (Research Report #47), courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts yesterday announced the release of To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence

“…a new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns in the United States. To Read or Not To Read gathers statistics from more than 40 studies on the reading habits and skills of children, teenagers, and adults. The compendium reveals recent declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike, exposing trends that have severe consequences for American society.”

One way to respond to this news, and to draw attention to it, might be to print one or two of these graphs and post them alongside a display of family reading – books that appeal to broad age ranges that a family can read together.

Here are a few very good booklists for family reading:

Books Young Adults will Enjoy, by Marylaine Block
Rise Up Reading! A Bibliography for Children’s Book Week 2007 created by Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshops
Children’s Classic Literature by Englewood Public Schools
MotherReader’s Best Books of 2007 (So Far) Megalist

Or, since the report finds that the amount of time a child spends reading is directly proportional to the number of books in the house, post news of the report that directs your customers to your Sale Books.

The PDF of this 98-page report is available here.

A PDF of the Executive Summary, 20 pages and loaded with graphics, is here.

And the graphs are available here. They are easy-access: downloadable, printable, and not PDF files. The graph at the head of this post is from this page.

Children’s Book Week coloring takeaways November 15, 2007

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Marisa Connor sends along this wonderful idea for Children’s Book Week and beyond:

The State Library of Louisiana‘s Early Childhood Resources Department has produced a series of 24 one-page Printable Nursery Rhyme Mini Books for children to color and keep.

Each mini book requires one sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper and just 2 folds. Please encourage staff to print them out and give them to children, parents, and teachers after programs, tours, presentations, as part of preschool outreach book delivery services, etc.

Mini books by individual title.

If you want to print out all 24 mini books, click here, but beware, it’s a giant (slow) PDF file.

The State Library of Louisiana has other nursery rhyme resources, including an index to nursery rhyme related activities in resource books, a nursery rhyme product directory and web sites with nursery rhyme activities.


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Librarians: The Party People November 14, 2007

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Check out the overwhelming evidence that despite the hard-partying image of rock stars, Hollywood starlets, and aimless debutantes, library folk are the ones having all the fun. Here’s a presentation by Marylaine Block for the Nevada Library Association, October 4-6, 2007.

Little House on the Great White Way November 14, 2007

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This is waaaay advance warning: the Little House on the Prairie books have been made into a musical which will premiere on Broadway in summer of 2008. Really. They’re going to call it Prairie! Probably without the exclamation point. Looks like Patrick Swayze will play Michael Landon, I mean Pa. Keep it in mind for future beef-ups etc.

A bad week for American novelists November 14, 2007

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Just days after Norman Mailer finally satisfied all his critics, Ira Levin has died as well. The author of such creepy classics as Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, as well as the successful play Deathtrap, he was reputed to have been a nice guy who just liked scaring people. He died of natural causes. Or maybe it was Satanists.

Native American Heritage Month November 12, 2007

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To mark the 13th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month in November, the National Educational Association has released a recommended reading list that includes titles ranging from such pre-K classics as Mama, Do You Love Me to Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn Series that has been thrilling young (and older) adults for more than a decade. Titles are listed by grade level and include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Maybe not naked, but certainly, now, dead November 11, 2007

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Norman Mailer has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 84. It was renal failure that got him, despite years of head-butting, arm-wrestling, punch-me-as-hard-as-you-can challenges.

No country for love in the time of Beowulf November 8, 2007

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Yes, there are a few movies with literary tie-ins coming to your local multiplex…

No country for old men: A Cormac McCarthy novel, adapted for the screen by the Coen brothers, starring Tommy Lee Jones. If you like ’em dark, I’d say this is a can’t-miss.

Beowulf: Crispin Glover voices Grendel, and Angelina Jolie is the voice of Grendel’s mother. (Which would you rather go up against? On second thought, don’t answer that.) Might be a train wreck of a movie, but it might also inspire some people to read the original.

Love in the time of cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ sweeping love story brought to the screen. Already picking up descriptions like “best film of the year” and “Oscar worthy.”

The tween girls will be all over Enchanted, a fractured fairy tale of the first order, starring young dreamy-looking guys, a beautiful girl, and Susan Sarandon.

The Mist is adapted from a Stephen King novel, and, well, not much more to say about that. You know where we shelve ’em.

You may have to work hard to find The diving bell and the butterfly, based on the autobiography of stroke victim Jean-Dominique Bauby. But it’s directed by the painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and it is likely to be in the running for many awards.

Coming in December:

The Golden Compass: Part I of Philip Pullman’s amazing His Dark Materials trilogy, New Line Cinema is spending $150 million to reel in the likes of Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

Atonement: Ian McEwan’s bummer-romance novel comes to the screen with Keira Knightley scowling along for the ride.

Don’t throw out those dog-eared copies of The Kite Runner just yet… the movie comes out the week of December 14.

Rise up reading! November 8, 2007

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week November 12-18 by turning your library into a children’s book paradise!

Spread the children’s book love all through the branch: showcase your newest, best, brightest children’s books! Bring a New Easies display out from the children’s section and into the eye of everyone who walks into your branch! Merchandize your Non-fiction areas solely with J non-fiction titles!

Make up bookmarks with an award icon and “Favorite Book Award” – print them out and ask each kid who comes into J to bestow an award on his or her favorite book.

Using every surface November 5, 2007

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Red Sox pulled it off!

Ok, Orioles fans, pay no attention to the content of this display. Instead, note the clever use of the SIDES of the display cubes. Simply taping colored paper and art to the sides of the cubes makes the whole unit work even when it needs refilling.

Also, they’ve printed and cut out inspirational slogans and adjectives that pertain to the subject at hand. This is from the Pescosolido Library in, yes, Massachusetts.

What do I read next? November 5, 2007

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What do I read next?

GREAT use of a stray piece of slatwall, don’t you think? This library has collected all of their genre booklists in one place. Individually, such small slips of paper can get lost, but put them all together like this and they really make a visual impact.

This is from the Williamsburg library.