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2008 Beyond Margins Award Winners May 22, 2008

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The PEN/Beyond Margins Award celebrates outstanding books by writers of color published in the United States during the previous year. 

This year’s winners are:

Chris Abani, Song for Night
Amiri Baraka, Tales of the Out and the Gone
Frances Hwang, Transparency
Naeem Murr, The Perfect Man
Joseph M. Marshall III, The Day The World Ended at Little Big Horn

Previous Beyond Margins winners when you click “more”.

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Hospital reading May 15, 2008

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The Baltimore Sun ran an article this morning about book clubs in hospitals (“Hospital staff turn the page”). The organizers of the book club at Mercy Medical Center and more than 100 other hospitals around the country hope that book clubs that engage both staff and patients will contribute to the doctor-patient relationship. They envision “care becoming less rushed and institutional and more comprehensive and personal.”

The list of books in the Sun includes such perennial favorites as Tuskegee’s Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. If you’re not finding that on your shelf (you won’t), suggest these other books with a medical theme, from the Sun’s list, BCPL’s catalog, and the minds of librarians:

Fiction

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

The Things they carried by Tim O’Brien

Bloodletting & miraculous cures. Short stories by Vincent Lam

Lifelines / CJ Lyons

Life class / Pat Barker

Where the river ends / Charles Martin

Father Michael’s lottery : a novel of Africa / Johan Steyn

Nonfiction

The diving bell and the butterfly. Bauby, Jean-Dominique. 362.43 B

The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures / Anne Fadiman. 306.46 F

Better : a surgeon’s notes on performance / Atul Gawande. 616 G

Head cases : stories of brain injury and its aftermath / Michael Paul Mason. 617.481 M

Intern : a doctor’s initiation / Sandeep Jauhar. B JAUHAR

What patients taught me : a medical student’s journey / Audrey Young. 610.92 Y

Swimming in a sea of death : a son’s memoir / David Rieff. B SONTAG

The middle place / Kelly Corrigan. B CORRIGAN

Edgar Awards announced May 8, 2008

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NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce its Winners for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2008, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2007.

BEST NOVEL
Down River by John Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group – Viking)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

BEST FACT CRIME
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)

BEST SHORT STORY
“The Golden Gopher” – Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight (Akashic Books)

BEST JUVENILE
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)

BEST YOUNG ADULT
Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin – Dial Books for Young Readers)

BEST PLAY
Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers’ Festival)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
“Pilot” – Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)

BEST MOTION PICTURE SCREENPLAY
Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD
“The Catch” – Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

Best New Horror May 5, 2008

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There’s a new award in town! Finalists for the 2007 Shirley Jackson Awards were recently announced. 

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. 

Among the nominees are Baltimore, by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden; Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow; and Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard. Check ’em out!

Truth and consequences March 9, 2008

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In light of all the publicity surrounding Margaret B. Jones‘s faux memoir, Love and Consequences, and BCPL’s decision to keep the book, but label it as fiction, how about a display of recent popular autobiographies, both real and fallacious?

Running with scissors and other books by Augusten Burroughs (true)

Misha : a mémoire of the Holocaust years by Misha Defonseca (false)

The discomfort zone : a personal history by Jonathan Franzen (true)

A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard, by James Frey (false)

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux (true)

Sarah by J. T. LeRoy (false)

Confessions of a video vixen and The vixen diaries by Karrine Steffans (true, but pretty hard to believe)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (true)

Fragments : memories of a wartime childhood by Binjamin Wilkomirski (false)

Finding yourself in the world February 20, 2008

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London during the Great Exhibition of 1851 by George Shove. ca. 1851; printed map on leather. The National Archives, U.K.

This spring, the Walters Art Museum presents four exhibitions about maps and mapping. Including such fascinating oddities as a map of London on a kid glove (above) and such technological marvels as maps of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, these exhibitions are in conjunction with Baltimore’s Festival of Maps, a citywide celebration organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to encourage Baltimore residents and visitors to explore museums, theaters, galleries and educational institutions. There’s even a downloadable GoogleEarth layer showing where on earth the

The Festival of Maps runs from March 16 through June 30, 2008.

Take this opportunity to put out a display of atlases and maps, books of exploration, and movies and fiction with plots involving maps.

Art on the run February 20, 2008

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Paul Cézanne. Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. 995.47.5

Two recent art heists (articles here and here) have us thinking of The Thomas Crown Affair, Ocean’s 12, and books like The Lost Painting and Noah Charney’s recent The Art Thief. Find some big beautiful art books and pair them with some classy true-crime stories and mystery fiction for a fun midwinter display.

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.

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?”

Happy birthday to all your favorite authors! December 6, 2007

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Woodside pictures from Roald Dahl day

Here’s a super-quick way to draw attention to an author on his/her birthday – just plop a fancy birthday hat on the shelf or display! It will surely draw attention to the author’s books and throw a little unexpected fun into browsing the children’s section.

Or, heck – why not do it in adult fiction too?

A good, up-to-date list of kid author birthdays (it includes Kevin Henkes and J.K. Rowling)
And a list of adult author birthdays

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.

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.

Into the Wild September 24, 2007

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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer‘s engrossing nonfiction book about the life and mysterious death of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness, has been made into a movie, in theaters now.

Support your copies of Into the Wild with other books by Jon Krakauer, and other tales of wilderness survival (or not), such as the following (click “more” for a list).

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Manga manga manga! September 18, 2007

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Graphic novels at Towson

Here’s one way to display paperback series in an eye-catching way:

Stack each issue of the same series horizontally, with the least shelf-worn issue face-out on top.

If there are more than 4 or 5 issues of the same titles, space permitting, you might want to put the face-out issue to the immediate left of the stack.

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.

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.

Go get ’em, tiger! August 30, 2007

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Bust out your graphic novels, manga and comic booksall your favorite authors and artists will be at Baltimore Comic-Con! The convention runs September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Commemorate India’s Independence August 8, 2007

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Celebrate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence next Thursday, August 15. DVDs! Cookbooks! Kids’ books! We’ve got it all: click “more” to see lists of books and authors.

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The nightingale tells his fairy tale July 31, 2007

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It appears that Hollywood thinks librarians are gonna like the new movie Stardust. They’ve thrown free screenings just for us, they’ve sent free tickets and posters… well, heck, throw in Peter O’Toole, pirates, Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, not to mention Neil Gaiman, and ok, I’ll bite!

Stardust is a lovely old-fashioned fairy story, originally published as a graphic novel, but later released without illustrations. Display it with other Gaiman titles, like Neverwhere and Coraline, and with other fairy-centered books: Tuck Everlasting, The Various, Spiderwick, Emily Rodda, Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men books, E. Nesbit, Artemis Fowl, Michael Buckley’s The Sisters Grimm series, Jane Yolen… and for adults, John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, J.R.R. Tolkein, Gregory Maguire, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

Elizabeth Rafferty in Youth Services is the one to contact about posters and tickets.

Gorgeous fairy coloring pages here and here.

Austenland, USA July 30, 2007

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According to the Boston Globe, “Her novels have no sex or violence, and are 200 years old, yet Hollywood can’t get enough of them”

Who are they talking about? Why, Jane Austen, of course. Beth Reinker in Collection Development sends us this terrific suggestion for movie-related merchandizing this summer:

There are two Jane Austen related movies coming out in Aug./Sept. (The Jane Austen Book Club, based on the novel by Karen Joy Fowler, and Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as the novelist), and I’ve been seeing a lot of new Jane Austen related materials coming out.

It might be a good opportunity for branches to merchandise some of these things together with some of Austen’s novels.

Here are a few of the new titles I’ve seen lately:

Fiction:
Confessions of a Jane Austen AddictLaurie Viera Rigler
Me and Mr. DarcyAlexandra Potter
Lost in AustenEmma Campbell Webster
Austenland Shannon Hale
Just JaneNancy Moser

Nonfiction:
Becoming JaneAnne Newgarden
Dear Jane AustenPatrice Hannon

DVDs:

  • Persuasion
  • Emma
  • Clueless
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Bride and Prejudice

It’s only love and that is all July 11, 2007

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Found via AL Direct, a new contest for libraries. Is this one for you? It may be, if you have a popular Romance section and someone on your staff that loves it.

The Romance Writers of America has launched a “Libraries Love Romance” contest to reward libraries that have made a significant effort to develop programming or displays highlighting romance fiction in the past year and a half. There’s five hundred bucks in it for the winner in each of two divisions.

(Psst! Can you see what’s wrong with this book cover? Thanks go to Judge a Book by its Cover, a blog celebrating all that is awful on the book covers that pass through the library, for finding this gem.)

Which book? This book! June 1, 2007

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From the UK we get a wacky new way to help adults find a book that suits their mood or taste. Whichbook is a web site that helps the user identify books in terms of setting, protagonist gender, plot shape, or… and this is the really mind-blowing part… by using a set of descriptors like funny, happy, sad, serious, disturbing, sexy, etc.

It’s hard to describe. Here’s a screenshot:

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Each of those scales on the left has a slider – so you can ask for a medium-short book that is very funny and sort of disturbing, and has just a little sex. So far, I’ve tried lots of combinations and never stumped it. And, being British, Whichbook offers choices that might not be the first books that we would reach for.

Whichbook apparently also interfaces with the British library system, so when you find a book that suits you, you can hit a button marked “Borrow it.” Wow. This might qualify as a MD 23 Things technology post… that is some high-powered stuff.

Blockbuster season is here! May 16, 2007

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… and not just at the movies. Sure, Spiderman 3, Shrek 3, and the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie are going to get a lot of attention this summer, but publishers have their big guns at the ready too!

Make a space for best-sellers (if you don’t have one already) and keep it filled with hot titles straight from the return room. Put up multiple copies of the same title, or celebrate a single author by loading up a display full of their recent titles. Authors such as James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steele, and Janet Evanovich use the same cover layout for each book – makes for a striking display!

The sure-fire hits you can count on for this summer are:

Patterson, James. The 6th Target.

Hosseini, Khaled. A thousand splendid suns.

Connelly, Michael. The Overlook.

Sandford, John. Invisible Prey.

Evanovich, Janet. Lean Mean 13.

Baldacci, David. Simple Genius.

Coulter, Catherine. Double Take.

Griffin, W.E.B. The Double Agents.

Frey, Stephen. The Fourth Order.

Parker, Robert B. Spare Change.

Steele, Danielle. Bungalow 2.

… and some J series book by this British woman named Rowling, due out July 21.

Look into the future whenever you want using Amazon’s New and Future Releases list (presented in order of popularity) and BCPL’s Hot Titles list (alpha by author).

Starter Lit May 9, 2007

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…and in TV news, USA Network has made a series out of Gigi Levangie Grazer’s novel The Starter Wife. Starring Debra Messing (of Will and Grace), the show will premier May 31 at 9pm.

In addition to Ms. Grazer’s books, you might pull a batch of similar chick-lit titles (and Debra Messing movies – are there any Debra Messing movies?) for a display around this theme.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month May 3, 2007

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Created to “promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian/Pacific American culture and its diversity through education and celebration,” it is celebrated in May to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the U.S. (1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869).

Promote Asian American cultural awareness in your library with a display of biographies, cookbooks, art and craft books, and travel guides. Or highlight novels by Asian American and Pacific American novelists:

  • Gish Jen
  • Ha Jin
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Dai Sijie
  • Lisa See
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Amy Tan
  • Banana Yoshimoto
  • Bharati Mukerjee

More resources and booklists from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, InfoPlease, and the San Mateo County Library.

A Maryland murder match April 29, 2007

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In today’s Baltimore Sun, Laura Vozzella reports that David Simon, author of such gritty Baltimore crime books as Homicide and The Corner, and mystery writer Laura Lippman, were married in October – with none other than John Waters, Baltimore’s ambassador of odd, officiating at the ceremony.

Read the story here, and maybe print it out and display it along with a selection of books by Simon, Lippman, and Waters. Belated best wishes to the happy couple – Baltimore is a richer, slightly weirder place to live with such uniquely talented people in it.

Earth Day, April 22 April 19, 2007

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Environmentalism, once the province of school children and hippies, has entered our national consciousness in a big way. Environmental policies are part and parcel of many current issues, such as catastrophic weather, childhood obesity, cancer, global justice, and more.

In addition to institutionalized recycling (in Western countries), cutting-edge venture capitalists are sinking money into wind farms, solar thermal energy, and biodiesel, and major automakers are developing electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, in response mainly to consumer demand.

Such noted personalities as Prince Charles and Al Gore are stepping up to be the poster boys for an expanded personal awareness of our environment, popularizing such concepts as our carbon footprint and global warming.

Farmers markets, eating local, organic farming, and Community Supported Agriculture are becoming popular concepts as consumers become more aware of industrial farming practices and their effects on the environment.

So move beyond Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots (although definitely, include it!) and make an Earth Day display full of new technologies and cautionary tales.

Book list and coloring pages when you click “more”…

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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”.

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The Tralfamadorian has left the building April 12, 2007

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Kurt Vonnegut has died at the age of 84. Along with his classic works of fiction, he wrote plays and memoirs. Similar authors include Philip K. Dick, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Robertson Davies, Mordecai Richler, John Kennedy Toole.

The Alex Awards: Adult books with YA appeal April 10, 2007

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The Alex Awards, administered by YALSA and cosponsored by Booklist and the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, honor the top 10 adult books, published during the previous year, with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18.

Support Teen Literature Day is April 19 (more on that later, watch this space). You might ramp up for it with a display of this year’s Alex Award winners, along with some read-alikes suggested by Gillian Engberg of Booklist online. (Original article here)

“From the Japanese internment camps of World War II depicted in John Hideyo Hamamura’s Color of the Sea to the wildness of the big-top circus tents in Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, the settings in this year’s list of Alex winners will transport teens to diverse, wholly realized worlds, in which young readers may be surprised to find their own urgent questions explored.”

You might use this list as a good starting point for short attention span adult readers too, or for family read-togethers, or audio books for family road trips.

Click “more” for award winners and read-alikes from Booklist.

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The book of Oprah April 2, 2007

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The Measure of a Man. The Corrections. Anna Karenina. A Million Little Pieces. Night. What do these books have in common, besides zillions of holds and massive circulation?

They are Oprah’s books. And the newest one is The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Batten down the hatches.

Or take a cue from Hereford and throw up a display of all of the Oprah books you can get your hands on.

Complete list available from Oprah herself.

What’s that eerie green glow? March 10, 2007

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If you’re at the Arbutus branch, it’s the science fiction section! Check out this space-age idea submitted to the CCD blog by Karen Hoffman… 

We added a green glow to our science fiction shelving lights by using flourescent light sleeves from an aquarium store. It certainly sets the section apart.

Karen adds that Arbutus began seeing better circulation of their science ficiton collection when they beefed up complete sets of popular science fiction series.

PS: If anyone has any pictures of this out-of-this-world phenomenon, please send them to pwilley-at-bcpl.net. Thanks!

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!

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.

Paperbacks in a basket September 12, 2006

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Paperbacks in a basket

Originally uploaded by hypatia atoz.
Even paperbacks that have seen some wear can be displayed
Don’t use baskets that are too big – a few books per basket is fine

Try this with new urban fiction!

This great idea is from Essex – Thanks!