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Spiderwick suggestions February 20, 2008

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The Spiderwick movie opens this Thursday and it looks like a good one. It certainly has a fun web site, if that’s any indication. Plump up your display of books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black with other books about extra-normal creatures. Click “more” below for a short list. Simon & Schuster offers a variety of printable activities we might offer as pickup items.
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Audie Award nominees announced February 11, 2008

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The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for the 2008 Audie Awards.

“Finalists are selected for each category and from each group of finalist one winner is awarded. Finalists will be notified in March 2008, and showcased to the industry-at-large on the APA website, press releases and in association materials. Winners will be recognized at The Audies® gala on May 30, 2008.”

It’s a long and diverse list, including categories for children’s books, mystery, classic and literary fiction, and many others. Neil Gaiman is nominated for three different works, and Stephen Colbert, Jenna Bush, and Ronald Reagan are also among the nominees.

Audio books are seeing a steady gain in popularity – why not showcase achievement in this field with a printed list of Audie Award finalists together with a batch of nominated audio books?

Brush-a brush-a brush-a February 11, 2008

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National Children’s Dental Health month is here! Slide our special bookmarks into books from 617.6 and provide fun activity handouts from the American Dental Association and dltk.

Icky Rehab February 11, 2008

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The 50th Grammy Awards have been announced. Amy Winehouse won big, as did Justin Timberlake, the White Stripes, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys. Expect more demand for CDs by these artists.

For the full list of nominees and award winners, click here.

The Great Backyard Bird Count February 10, 2008

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A joint project of the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the Audubon Society, “the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.”

This event takes place February 15-18. Participants can enter their bird count results on the event’s web page, where you can also find regional bird checklists.

A little nature might be just what your displays need during these short cold days. You might print out our regional bird list, and display a batch of bird books – books from 598 as well as picture books and fiction featuring birds, such as The Snow Goose, The Trumpet of the Swan, Perry’s Baltimore adventure, Little Louie Takes Off, and others.

Share the love February 9, 2008

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Tell Us What You Love

This Valentine’s Day themed display encourages library patrons to celebrate their favorite books or share what inspires them.

Heart-shaped pieces of paper are provided, and books with pretty covers and positive themes are displayed.

From the Carl A. Pescosolido Library in Massachusetts.

Black History Month – a month of birthdays January 26, 2008

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Rosa Parks, by Bill Farnsworth, from the forthcoming Heroes for Civil Rights, by David A. Adler.

Fresh inspiration for Black History Month – here’s a notable African American for every day in February, plus one for January 31st, just because he’s so doggone inspiring! 

January 31: Jackie Robinson, 1919. Baseball player.

February 1: Langston Hughes, 1902. Poet.

February 2: William Ellisworth Artis, 1914. Artist.

February 4: Rosa Parks, 1913. Civil rights movement icon.

February 5: Hank Aaron, 1934. Baseball player.

February 6: Bob Marley, 1945. Musician.

February 7: Chris Rock, 1966. Actor, comedian.

February 8: Justina Ford, 1871. Doctor and humanitarian.

February 10: Leontyne Price, 1927. Opera singer.

February 11: Daniel Chappie James, 1920. U.S. General.

February 12: Roberta Martin, 1907. Gospel singer.

February 13: Emmett J. Scott, 1873. Historian and administrator.

February 14: Frederick Douglass, 1818. Abolitionist. February was chosen as “Negro History Month” in part because Frederick Douglass chose this date to represent his birthday.

February 15: Fay Jackson, 1902. Journalist.

February 16: Levar Burton, 1957. Actor, reading activist.

February 17: Michael Jordan, 1963. Basketball player.

February 18: Toni Morrison, 1931. Author, Nobel prize winner.

February 19: Smokey Robinson, 1940. Singer.

February 20: Charles Barkley, 1963. Basketball player.

February 21: Denise Page Hood, 1952. U. S. judge.

February 22: Julius “Dr. J” Erving, 1950. Basketball player.

February 23: W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, 1868. Civil rights leader, scholar. 

February 24: Lillie Brown, 1931. Civil rights activist.

February 25: Ida Cox, 1969. Jazz singer.

February 26: Sissieretta Jones, 1869. Opera singer.

February 27: Marian Anderson, 1897. Opera singer.

February 28: Etta Moten Barnett, 1901. Singer and actress.

February 29: Augusta Fells Savage, 1882. Sculptor, educator. The Augusta Fells Savage School of Visual Arts in Baltimore City boasts the second-highest SAT scores in the city (after Poly).

Year of the Rat January 24, 2008

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And no, that’s not some snide comment on this year’s Presidential elections… it’s what 2008 will be in the Chinese zodiac. The new year begins February 7. Celebrate it with a display of red and gold paper, along with selections from Dewey 951, 915.1, cookbooks from 641.5951, fiction by Amy Tan, Lisa See, Laurence Yep, Anchee Min, Ha Jin, and Maxine Hong Kingston (look here for a good list), and biographies (just search CARL on China biography).

Craft ideas here.

Coloring pages here and here.

New Year’s resolutions January 7, 2008

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Save more money.     332.024
Lose some weight.     613.25
Exercise more.     613.7
Eat healthier.     641.563
Get rid of the clutter.     648.5
Live greener.     333.7
Get a better education. 378.3

According to the U.S. government, these are a few of the most popular resolutions people make this time of year. Support the willpower of your customers with strategically placed displays of books that reinforce all of our highest aspirations. Check out the entire list here.

Stick to reading! December 6, 2007

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Here’s a simple, low-cost idea that encourages kids to read for fun through the winter. The rules of “Winter Reading Club” are simple. Kids sign up, and then each time they visit the library, they get a sticker for each book read. They can then decorate a mural-sized poster with their stickers.

Your mural could be a snowy scene with snowflake stickers; a big Christmas tree and ornament stickers; fish stickers and an undersea scene; or bird stickers in a winter landscape. How much creativity you want to put into the mural is up to you!

Materials required:

  • a big sheet of roll paper
  • a couple rolls of stickers
  • sign-up sheet

The best source for roll stickers that we’ve found is our old friend the Oriental Trading Company, although we love the Hawaiian shirt stickers you can get from Toy Connection

A place in the sun December 6, 2007

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Many families take advantage of the midwinter school break to take a short trip. Whether they’re taking the family skiing or have a chance to go somewhere warm, our luckier patrons will be looking for travel guides and vacation reads.

A sunny display of travel books, light reading, and popular non-fiction caters to these customers and may inspire some armchair traveling by the rest of us! 

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.

March is National Craft Month March 1, 2007

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We all know that crafting has outgrown its summer-camp-on-a-rainy-day image. As we see every year when the ACC Craft Show comes to town, craft is now high art as well as hobby art. In addition, legions of hipsters have embraced sewing, embroidery, knitting, and the use of acrylic pom-poms to enhance their lives and lampshades. 

Baltimore, by the way, is something of a destination for Craft-with-a-capital-C. In addition to the annual ACC show, Maryland Institute College of Art has Fiber, Ceramics and Graphic Design programs that blur the line between art and craft, the Baltimore Museum of Art often hosts exhibitions that feature artists working in media traditionally associated with craft, and the American Visionary Art Museum is loaded with art made with craft materials.

So maybe your crafts display doesn’t have to be in adult non-fiction – maybe highlight some D.I.Y. books in Young Adult… maybe drop a little display of craft books over by the baby area… and certainly J is a good place for a little display. Crafts are for everyone!

Ye olde separation sheet March 1, 2007

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Another good idea executed cleverly in Towson – to commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of The Cat in The Hat, Tyler Wolfe pulled all the Dr. Seuss books from their accustomed places and displayed them prominently.

To prevent confusion when patrons went looking for Horton, Thidwick, Gerald McGrew, the Lorax, and their buddies, Tyler made a quickie sign. In bright colors and illustrated with Dr. Seuss characters, it read:

They’ve all disappeared

Every Sneetch, Who and Zuk.

They’ve moved to our Fireplace

Go and look! Go and look!

It’s impractical to do this with every item pulled for display, but when a section of shelf is suspiciously empty, it helps patrons feel less frustrated when we leave a clue to help them find what they are looking for.

The happy ending to this story is that nearly all the Seuss books had been snapped up three days later.

Celebrate Women’s History Month March 1, 2007

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(above, left to right) Bella Abzug, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, Linda Johnson Robb, Maya Angelou, and Coretta Scott King recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the 1977 Houston Women’s Conference.

The theme of National and Maryland Women’s History Month, 2007, is Generations of Women Moving History Forward, focusing on the legacy of the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1977 Women’s Conference in Houston.  With politics so much in the news, below is information about women in politics nationally and statewide.

In 2007:

  • 87 women serve in the U. S. Congress (out of 535 seats – 16.3%)
  • 16 women serve in the 100-member Senate
  • 71 women serve in the 435-member House of Representatives.  In addition, three women serve as non-voting Delegates to the House of Representatives from Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.
  • 21 of these women are women of color.

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There’s a bad moon on the rise February 22, 2007

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March 3, moonrise: that’s when you’ll see the full moon turn deep red.

From the moon’s perspective, the sun will be blocked by the Earth, creating a ring of fire. That fiery ring will be reflected on the moon’s surface. It’s described by NASA as “extraordinary,” and you know when those scientists start rolling out the big adjectives it must be pretty special!

If you’ve got a lonely little space for some non-fiction, highlight this event by pulling out a few moony titles:

  • The moon landing, 629.45
  • Lunar travel, 629.454, especially If you go to the moon by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg.
  • Earth’s moon, 523.3.

Or take a different tack and pull out moon stories from your J 398s.

Handout resource: A labeled lunar eclipse page.

The pipes, the pipes are calling… February 15, 2007

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Herewith, some resources for Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day:

Here’s a good list of Irish authors
And here’s one that includes Irish-American authors
Irish children’s books can be found here
Interesting Irish-American facts

New! Click on any of the following links for St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages:

Hey, hey, Indians a-comin’ February 15, 2007

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Mardi Gras begins February 20. Laissez les bon temps roulez with books about New Orleans, cajun cookbooks, and novels set during the madness of Mardi Gras. Add some cajun, zydeco and New Orleans jazz CD’s, and you’ll have your own Mardi Gras parade float display!

Click “more” to see a list – we look ’em up so you don’t have to!

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To read a mockingbird February 9, 2007

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Maryland Public Television (MPT) is sponsoring a month-long celebration of Harper Lee‘s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird this March. They are calling it The Big Read, and here’s what they have to say about it:

To Kill a Mockingbird is a renowned American novel that has a rare quality: it can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and re-read into adulthood without fear of disappointment. A great book combines enlightenment with enchantment. It awakens our imagination and enlarges our humanity.

During The Big Read, 2,000 copies of the book will be given away to interested children and adults, and there will be art and writing competitions, gallery exhibits, luncheons, free films and panel discussions. Please support The Big Read by reading the book and participating in the activities!

More love February 6, 2007

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Are your Valentine’s Day displays getting a little thin already? Looking for something to plump them up?

Try cherry-picking the most positive-sounding titles from 646.77, 646.78 and 306.7. Grab a few shiny sex instruction books from 613.98 and massage books from 615.822. Romantic music is a must. And don’t forget poetrybiographies of famous lovers, and travel guides to romantic getaway spots.

Click “more” to see some suggestions.

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Dog Days February 4, 2007

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It has all of the glamour and suspense of a beauty pageant, and none of the sketchy politics: the  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will attract almost 8 million viewers on January 12th and 13th. The spectacle of so many meticulously groomed, sometimes wacky-looking dogs is fascinating to large numbers of dog lovers and non-dog owners alike. If you have a little space that’s looking for something topical, why not bring out your own Best In Show books from 636.7? Or a quick collection of juvenile dog books, from Shiloh to Because of Winn-Dixie.

Happy Year of the Pig! January 30, 2007

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New Year facts and trivia:

Chinese New Year festivities last for 15 days – this year, it’s February 18 through March 5.

Chinese New Year is the occasion of the largest yearly human migration, when Chinese people living around the world return home on the eve of Chinese New Year to have a reunion dinner with their families.

Traditional New Year decorations include red banners with the word for “happiness” written on them; peach blossoms; kumquat plants; geranium; and narcissus.

New Year superstitions (from Wikipedia):

  • Buying a pair of shoes is considered bad luck. The word “shoes” is a homonym to the word for “rough” in Cantonese.
  • A hair-cut is considered bad luck. The word “hair” sounds like the word for “prosperity”. Thus “cutting hair” could be perceived as “cutting your prosperity” in Cantonese.
  • Candy is eaten to ensure the eater a “sweet” year.
  • Sweeping the floor is considered bad luck, as it will sweep away the good fortune and luck for the new year; having a bath will wash away the good fortune.
  • Talking about death is inappropriate for the first few days of Chinese New Year, as it is considered inauspicious as well.
  • Buying books is bad luck, because it is a homonym to the word “lose”.

It’s a great time of year to offer up a tempting array of beautiful new books to borrow!

Click “more” for a list of bright new Chinese biographies, art books, poetry, cookbooks, history and fiction for an auspicious Chinese New Year display:

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Happy birthday, Langston Hughes January 29, 2007

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(February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)

Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes was a member of an abolitionist family. He was the great-great-grandson of Charles Henry Langston, brother of John Mercer Langston, who was the first Black American to be elected to public office, in 1855. Hughes attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, but began writing poetry in the eighth grade, and was selected as Class Poet. His father didn’t think he would be able to make a living at writing, and encouraged him to pursue a more practical career. He paid his son’s tuition to Columbia University on the grounds he study engineering. After a short time, Langston dropped out of the program with a B+ average; all the while he continued writing poetry. His first published poem was also one of his most famous, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, and it appeared in Brownie’s Book. Later, his poems, short plays, essays and short stories appeared in the NAACP publication Crisis Magazine and in Opportunity Magazine and other publications.

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Put your records on January 29, 2007

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The Grammy Awards are coming up February 11: why not gather up the nominees and present them as a small display? Don’t forget biographies and movies featuring these artists…

Click “more” for the nominee highlights, or here for the entire list.

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Cupid, draw back your bow January 26, 2007

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For a grown-up Valentine’s Day display, pick your fiction by color – a table or rack full of pink, white, and red books is bound to deliver the message: romance starts here!

Or for something a little different, pull your dessert cookbooks and add in some “date movie” DVD’s.

Click “more” for lists of movies and nonfiction that will make for a super-romantic evening!

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February is African American History Month January 23, 2007

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Here are some published resources for Black History Month.

ALA’s Notable Books for General Readers, 2007 January 22, 2007

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The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division American Library Association (ALA), has compiled its year 2007 list of outstanding books for the general reader. These titles have been selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. This is “The List for America’s Readers:

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The 2007 ALA Award winners – Young Adult January 22, 2007

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ALA’s Young Adult book awards were announced earlier today. These awards include the Alex Awards, for adult books that appeal to teens, the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime contribution to young adult readers.

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The 2007 ALA Award Winners – Juvenile January 22, 2007

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The 2007 ALA Award winners were announced this morning at the annual ALA Midwinter meeting. After a year’s worth of releases, these books were honored as the most engaging, thought-provoking, and noteworthy in their categories.

These awards include the Newbery Medal and Honors books, the Caldecott Medal and Honors books, the Coretta Scott King Awards, the Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer, Batchelder Award and Honors books, Carnegie Medal, Geisel Medal and Honors books, Sibert Medal and Honor book, and the Wilder Medal.

Click ‘more’ for the entire list of winners.

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Year-end good-book rodeo December 28, 2006

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Here’s an idea for a quick and dirty display:

Ask staff to make a pass through the New Fiction and New Nonfiction, pulling the 2006 books that they enjoyed the most. Display them with a sign reading: “BCPL Staff Best Books of 2006,” and voilá! your branch is right up there with the New York Times, Slate, NPR, and Library Journal!

(This works in the childrens’ area too – see the lists from School Library Journal and ALA for inspiration.)

It’s resolution time! December 28, 2006

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From core training to walking to yoga, all trends and all ages are represented in the list of new fitness books below – there’s even one just for dog lovers! Now if someone would only write an “Exercise with your cat” book, we library folk would be in great shape!

  • Walking: the ultimate exercise for optimum health (audio) by Andrew Weil & Mark Fenton. CD 610 W
  • The A-list workout : top Hollywood trainers reveal the body-shaping secrets of their celebrity clients by Alyssa Shaffer. ON ORDER
  • Fashionably buff : essential workouts for looking great in anything you wear by Sue Fleming. ON ORDER
  • Age-defying fitness : making the most of your body for the rest of your life by Marilyn Moffat, Carole B. Lewis ; with contributions from Jean Marie McAndrew ; photographs by Linda Schaefer. ON ORDER
  • 30 days to getting back in shape by Michelle Theall. ON ORDER
  • 5 essentials for a winning life : the nutrition, fitness, and life plan for discovering the champion within by Chris Carmichael with Jim Rutberg. 613 C
  • Feed your tiger : the Asian diet secret for for permanent weight loss and vibrant health by Letha Hadady. 613.25 H
  • Fitness unleashed! : a dog and owner’s guide to losing weight and gaining health together by Marty Becker and Robert Kushner. 613.7 B
  • One body, one life : 6 weeks to the new you by Gregory Joujon-Roche and Cameron Stauth. 613.7 J
  • Shape your self : my 6-step diet and fitness plan to achieve the best shape of your life by Martina Navratilova. 613.7 N
  • Active start for healthy kids : activities, exercises, and nutritional tips by Stephen J. Virgilio. 613.7042 V
  • Fitness after 50 by Walter H. Ettinger, Brenda S. Wright, Steven N. Blair. 613.7044 E
  • Shape : long, lean and strong DVD 613.7046 S
  • The complete book of core training : the definitive resource for shaping and strengthening the “core”–the muscles of the abdomen, butt, hips, and lower back by Kurt, Brett, & Mike Brungardt. 613.71 B
  • Get ripped! : get ripped to the core director, Lon Parker ; producers, Jari Love, with Jim Goertz, Lon Parker ; a VideoLinks production. DVD 613.71 G
  • Outside fitness : a comprehensive training foreword by Chris Carmichael. 613.71 S
  • Fit and female : the perfect fitness and nutrition game plan for your unique body type by Geralyn Coopersmith. 613.7108 C
  • Mariel Hemingway’s healthy living from the inside out : every woman’s guide to real beauty, renewed energy, and a radiant life by Mariel Hemingway. 646.7 H
  • Real fitness : 101 games and activities to get girls going! an American Girls book, illustrated by Carol Yoshizumi. J 790.194 R

Art in our town December 28, 2006

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Winter is a great time to spend a quiet (or not-so-quiet) afternoon at one of Baltimore’s world-class museums. Here’s a survey of the special exhibitions our patrons might be sampling this month:

American Visionary Art Museum: Home and Beast. “A lively exploration of our very notion of ‘home’ and an artful lovesong to all of the animals, real and imaginary, in our lives.” Outsider art, 709. Animals, 590. Home, 728.

Baltimore Museum of Art: Meditations on African Art: Light “focuses on the importance of light to the interpretation of African art. Varying light levels in the galleries will reveal African art objects as they were meant to be seen… works of art whose materials are mean to dazzle the eye during sunlit performances, and pieces intended for the shadows or nighttime performances.” 709.6

George Peabody Library: Yet Another One! : HL Mencken. “This exhibition offers an intriguing new view of writer and journalist H.L. Mencken through the personal and often humorous inscriptions in books, pamphlets and other gifts he gave to friends and family.” B M

Homewood House Museum: Feathers, Fins, and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland. Opens January 4 – should be a lively one! 636

Howard Community College: Russian Realism: Stalin to Perestroika 1935-1989. “A rare opportunity to view and learn about masterpieces from the longest sustained representational art movement in the 20th century.” 759.7 

Walters Art Museum: Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. Egyptian amulets, scarabs, figurines and ritual objects. 932

Walters Art Museum: Courbet/Not Courbet. Can you spot the forgeries? The exhibition Courbet and the Modern Landscape lets the viewer decide whether works of the Impressionist painter Gustave Courbet are real or fake. 759.4

Winter Reading Club December 14, 2006

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Here’s a simple, low-cost idea that encourages kids to read for fun through the winter. The rules of “Winter Reading Club” are simple. Kids sign up, and then each time they visit the library, they get a sticker for each book read. They can then decorate a mural-sized poster with their stickers.

Parkville uses a sheet of blue roll paper painted with a simple snow scene, and provides snowflake stickers for the kids.

A big Christmas tree and ornament stickers might work too; fish stickers and an undersea scene; or bird stickers in a winter landscape. How much creativity you want to put into the mural is up to you!

Materials required:

  • a big sheet of roll paper
  • a couple rolls of stickers
  • sign-up sheet

The best source for roll stickers that we’ve found is our old friend the Oriental Trading Company. Search on “roll stickers”. They’re typically $2.50 to $3.00 per roll of 100 stickers. By the way, if you’re hoping to find stickers that are strictly identical, your choices will be limited to American flags, “I Voted,” or smiley faces.

Some pig! December 7, 2006

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The new Charlotte’s Web movie opens December 15th. With actors such as Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000), Steve Buscemi, and Robert Redford voicing the characters, it is expected to hit big.

A display of children’s books about farmyard animals seems like an obvious tie-in, but how about pulling your best-looking copies of classic children’s animal books into a display of oldies but goodies?

Some ideas:

  • A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H. by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • the books of Dick King-Smith, Margaret Wise Brown, Virginia Lee Burton, and the other two children’s books by E.B. White (Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan)

PS: Save Peter Rabbit and his friends for when the Beatrix Potter movie comes out January 21!

Get outta town! December 7, 2006

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Many families take advantage of the midwinter school break to take a short trip. Whether they’re taking the family skiing or have a chance to go somewhere warm, our luckier patrons will be looking for travel guides and vacation reads.

A sunny display of travel books and light reading caters to these customers and may inspire some armchair traveling by the rest of us! 

How’s your (financial) health? November 30, 2006

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“A good time to do your annual financial checkup is before the end of the year so you can take advantage of any tax-saving strategies, but if you can’t fit it in during the busy holiday season, plan on doing it as soon after the new year as possible.”

So says Deborah Fowles, accountant, author, and small business consultant, and About.com’s financial planning expert.

Books on investments, taxes, retirement plans, wills and debt control might make an easily-refillable end-of-year display.

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

Days of the dragon November 30, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, J is for Juvenile, winter.
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The movie version of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon is coming soon. New copies of the book are speeding their way to your branch as we speak! Fill out your display with these eye-catching recent books that will appeal to kids (and adults) who have seen the movie or read the book and want more.

  • Dragonology by Ernest Drake
  • Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke
  • the books of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
  • Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup Horrendous Haddock books
  • the Pendragon novels by D.J. MacHale
  • the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series by Kate McMullan

Don’t forget manga and movies when building an exciting display on this topic!

Native American Heritage Month November 2, 2006

Posted by sneaks in display topics, Fall, winter.
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Books about Native American culture and history are threaded throughout BCPL’s collections. It should be no trouble to put together a display that touches on religion, social issues, folk tales, science, crafts, art, music, fiction, and history.

Biographies, both collective and individual, are in BCPL’s collection too. Look for:

  • Jim Thorpe
  • Geronimo
  • Pocahontas
  • Leonard Peltier
  • Sequoyah
  • Tecumseh
  • Crazy Horse
  • Sitting Bull

NASCAR Nextel Cup November 2, 2006

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The NASCAR series championship is scheduled for November 19 — and NASCAR mania is at its peak. Now is the time to show off those auto racing titles!

Look for biographies of

  • Danica Patrick
  • Tony Stewart
  • Tim Richmond
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Bill Elliott
  • Curtis Turner

as well as everything you’ve got in 796.72.


This NASCAR display comes to us from Cockeysville.