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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.


It’s a Big Big Read September 7, 2007

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October’s Big Read puts us in the unusual position of having tons of new copies of one book to merchandize – let’s make the most of it! Posters, bookmarks, CDs and Reader’s Guides are on their way to your branch, but it’s not too early to start thinking up display ideas.

You might:

  • Line copies up on all the aisle ends
  • Stack them on tables and counters
  • Lay them flat on shelf tops

And don’t forget props and signage! Fahrenheit 451 is about censorship and book burning, so you might display lists of banned books, toy firefighter helmets or fire trucks to make your display stand out.

As the books disappear, back up this selection with other books by Ray Bradbury, books from the frequently-challenged lists, and other books on dystopian societies.

Karma Dogs September 4, 2007

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In case you missed it, the wonderful Karma Dogs program was written up in the Baltimore Sun this weekend. The article was Good doggies by John Woestendiek (Ace’s dad).

Indie Comics April 12, 2007

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UPDATE: Check out page 22-23 of this week’s City Paper for an interview with Miriam Desharnais about Cockeysville’s zine collection!

Here’s a program to promote to your younger adult (as opposed to Young Adult) patrons: Indie Comics A-Go-Go! at Cockeysville April 12. Cartoonists Emily Flake, Brian Ralph and Mark Burrier will be talking about how they got started and what they are working on now.

Cockeysville has the only library collection of zines in Maryland, and BCPL as a whole has plenty of graphic novels by “indie” artists. These books are easy to identify: no superheroes, no girls with giant eyes. Often published by Drawn & Quarterly or Fantagraphics. And the title? Put it this way: if it references insomnia, depression, OCD, or uses big words, it’s indie. Also if it’s called “This will all end in tears”? Indie.

A small, disenfranchised, nonconformist group of these books might set off the poster for this event and underline the fact that all our branches have the edgy stuff. Book and author list when you click “more”.


Program bookmarks March 29, 2007

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Do you bookmark upcoming programs? Here’s a great idea we’ve seen at a number of branches – we wondered if everyone was in on it.

When you promote a program in advance with a display of on-topic books, slip a flyer (fold it in half lengthways if necessary) into each book. That way, every interested customer walks away with a reminder of an event they’ll surely be interested in.

Towson recently pulled a batch of Star Wars books and displayed them with flyers for their upcoming author program (Star Wars from the Inside Out, with best-selling author James Luceno, April 1) folded into each.

Support your local puppeteers March 15, 2007

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Many branches will be getting a visit from the Black Cherry Puppet Theater this spring. Michael Lamason and his crew always put on a spellbinding show. Be sure to take advantage of their performance by placing a display of folk and fairy tales near the exit so that kids can pick up a book as they file out of the show.

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

Programming tie-ins October 26, 2006

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Jazz by Matisse

Milk those special programs for all the circs they’re worth!

Position your displays of materials pertinent to the program in high-traffic areas so that people leaving the program can quickly pick up a book or DVD related to the presentation or activity they just participated in on their way out the door.

For fall it’s Impressionist art and criminal forensics, Native Americans, insects, and Klezmer music. Don’t forget biographies and fiction when filling in these displays!