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Success stories from Hereford January 7, 2008

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From Jo Blankenburg‘s monthly report:

“Our primary set of display cubes near the entrance is a huge success covered with “Best Books of 2007,” titles culled from lists appearing in the NYT, Baltimore Sun, Amazon, Time, and Newsweek. A few customers each day leave with their arms full and keep librarians busy placing holds to keep it stocked. [NB: Booklist has come out with their “Best of 2007” lists as well…]

Eyewitness books flew off our secondary cubes, and a dump devoted to titles ordered in for our “Crime Time” branch generated booklist empties regularly.

All 200 copies of our first “Staff Recommends” booklist are now gone and are responsible for 200 items added to our YTD circulation. Each bookmark left tucked into a copy of one of those titles ordered in and on display on the top shelf of that popular area.

Easy book bundles stalled during December, but the addition of small Beginning Reader bundles are satisfying happy parents. Could Hereford someday of leftover SRC prizes?”

Summer Reading Central September 17, 2007

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Reading list titles shelved together

Here’s a time-saver (not to mention a shelf-space saver), spotted at Howard County’s Miller branch.

Take those tried-and-true perennial reading list titles (Animal Farm comes to mind, also A Lesson Before Dying, Things Fall Apart, Night, A Tale of Two Cities) that we keep multiple copies of just for summer, and give them their own little fixture. Here they’ve used paperback carousels, but a batch of dumps might work well too.

You can save a bunch of shelf space by keeping your multiples of Watership Down and 1984 off the regular fiction shelves.

During the summer, it’s one-stop shopping for the folks who come in clutching their lists, and you could even wheel the whole unit to some inconspicuous place once the summer reading season is over.

Read a rainbow! August 26, 2007

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Read a rainbow, Seattle PL

We just returned from a visit to the Pacific Northwest, and what trip to Seattle would be complete without a stop at the new, space-age, incredibly-well-funded central branch of the Seattle Public Library!

The librarians there were very welcoming and fun to talk to (lots of tattoos). We took lots of pictures (camera was out of commission, so, sorry, they’re cellphone pictures) and snatched up most of their brochures and reading lists. Lots to share, so let’s get started.

First up was this sweet and pretty display in the children’s area. “Read a Rainbow!” was printed out on colored paper and inserted into acrylic stands. Small gauzy drapes (maybe they were cheap chiffon scarves) were hung along the top shelf edge, and the picture books below were arranged in rainbow color order.

They had this right out front, and it really caught the eye. And there’s got to be some kind of transgressive thrill to arranging books in color order instead of by call # or alpha by author – for once!

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.

V is for visual harmony March 25, 2007

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Spotted at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library – the good-looking alphabet books from Sleeping Bear Press displayed in alphabetical order. It was so satisfying to see them all lined up together: since they’re cataloged as non-fiction, they’re usually never in the same place at the same time.

Search CARL on “Sleeping Bear Press” or see our list below.

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Pop-up problems: solved! January 12, 2007

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pop-up books

It’s a dilemma – pop-up books are so appealing and cool, but so SO fragile! They beg to be touched, so we want to show them off, but too much love and they’re history.

At this branch of the New York Public Library, the librarians display all the newest (i.e. least damaged) pop-up books on a shelf at (about) adult shoulder level, open to a eye-popping page. This way, there’s usually a grownup handing the book to the child. That means there’s at least a chance that the adult will teach or show the child how to get at all the pop-up fabulosity without ripping the thing to shreds.

Besides, it’s not just kids who think pop-ups are cool. This placement subtly shows the adult that the public library is a great place to find the high-end stuff too!

The three-D castle above ties in with the pop-ups really nicely, but not all of us have paper engineers on staff!

“Try this” indeed! January 12, 2007

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Wow, what could be easier or more arresting?

Seen at a New York Public Library branch – they cut letters out of construction paper and taped them to the bottom of a shelf-top fixture. The arrow really adds punch, don’t you think?

Another idea for J music November 18, 2006

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EPFL J CAS

It’s hard to imagine neater or more browsable storage for J cassettes. Lucite carousels like these are also available for CDs.

Parenting books where parents sit October 26, 2006

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This tabletop display of parenting books sits on a table just outside the baby area in Towson. It is stocked not only with books, but with flyers and other pickup items as available.

This great idea comes from Mercedes Mendoza in Towson. Thanks!

One-stop program shopping October 26, 2006

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Cockeysville has gathered all of the easel-mounted posters for children’s programs in one place. They are lined up on top of a shelf that is showing its “back” to the larger space.

This is a terrific use of this surface, especially given its proximity to checkout. Plus, don’t those posters all look great together? What a talented Art Department we have!

We stoop to conquer October 19, 2006

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Are your bottom shelves packed with books? Loosen up a little!

This New Fiction display is a good example of how to utilize those hard-to-reach bottom shelves. We chose books by best-selling authors, with easy to read titles and bold colors for greatest visibility, and shelved them face-out on the lowest shelf.

A Chorus Line October 19, 2006

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Another take on displaying books on a shelf-top, this one from Woodlawn.

Books of the same height can make a sleek presentation when lined up with their spines slightly overlapping the previous book.

Circle of friends October 7, 2006

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Don’t overlook the obvious when arranging materials. Simply setting items out in a semicircle, as in this grouping of DVDs and videos at White Marsh, adds grace to any display.

I want YOU to read a magazine! October 5, 2006

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We like how this narrow periodical stand welcomes readers into the periodical room at Woodlawn by offering a sneak peek at what’s inside.

This great idea makes use of a narrow bit of space and is typically stocked with high-interest magazines.

A perfect tablecloth September 21, 2006

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PI- 022 This red drape picks up the colors in some of the books on display, and furthermore hides the boxes and supports that turn this plain square table into what looks like a custom display fixture!

Small or muted patterns are best for tablecloths and drapes – the small metallic pattern on this one dazzles without detracting from the books.

Nice one, Pikesville!

Git along, little dogies September 21, 2006

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Where are your Westerns? Lost in the regular shelving?

Why not do as Reisterstown did, and round ’em up into a free-standing dump or gondola?

Wire shelving and manga September 13, 2006

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Use your wire shelving to store and display manga. The uniform sizes and long runs of similar spines mitigate the visual confusion created by the open structure of the shelves.

Aisle-end slatwall September 13, 2006

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Pack your aisle-end slatwall tightly with the brightest, cleanest books you can find! Slight overlap is ok.

Spine out works best for urban fiction September 13, 2006

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Paperbacks with curling covers can look more presentable when presented spine out, packed fairly tightly. Have more on hand to add to the display when gaps begin to occur.

DVD display September 12, 2006

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DVD display

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.

Towson recently loaded this DVD display to the gills
– some loved it and thought it inviting
– others thought it looked too crowded

What’s your opinion on filling displays to the brim?