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Cheetah Girls go to India May 16, 2008

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Disney Channel’s new original movie, The Cheetah Girls One World, will premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday, August 22 at 8p. In it, the Cheetah Girls (Chanel, Dorinda, and Aqua, and yes we had to look that up) travel to India to star in a Bollywood movie.

To support the premiere of The Cheetah Girls One World, which was filmed on location, Disney will feature a 12-part “making of” series of segments, The Road to The Cheetah Girls One World, starting Friday, May 16 at 8p on Disney Channel and http://www.disneychannel.com . New segments will premiere biweekly in May, June and July, and weekly in August.

This seems to call for a little list of J and teen authors who write about India or Indian-Americans. It is our pleasure to oblige:

Mitali Perkins
Uma Krishnaswami
Vandana Singh
Kashmira Sheth
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Rudyard Kipling
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Narinder Dhami

You might beef up any display with a selection of Bollywood movies. Most are suitable for young people. Best way to find them in CARL is to do a keyword search on “motion picture India”.


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).


Family Films display September 22, 2007

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Family films shelved together

We like this idea, also spotted at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Public Library, for a bunch of reasons.

Shelving G and PG-rated films separate from the PG-13 and R-rated titles makes parents and caregivers more comfortable about perusing the shelf with their children: they don’t have to worry that a movie with a provocative or scary cover is going to leap out at the toddler and scare him or her.

Plus, movies that appear to be kid-oriented but which in fact are rather intense for younger viewers, such as Transformers and Spider-man, are rated PG-13, so they aren’t in this section. No more arguments about the superhero movies.

And lastly: the librarians at the Miller Branch say that they can’t keep this display stocked fast enough! Their DVD circs improved measurably after separating the Family Films from the, er, Adult Films.

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.

And click here or here for coloring pages!

Smart TV August 7, 2007

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On a hot day, it’s very tempting to keep the kids inside and park them in front of the TV. Give parents and caregivers an alternative to cartoons by putting out some of your more exciting non-fiction DVD’s. Click “more” for some suggestions.


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:

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

Becoming JaneAnne Newgarden
Dear Jane AustenPatrice Hannon


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

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!


Emphasis on anime November 18, 2006

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EPFL anime shelving

It’s hard to tell from this blurry picture, but this is EPFL’s Anime collection.

Not many people realize that BCPL owns copies of Fullmetal Alchemist, Nausicaa, flcl, Princess Mononoke, and other popular anime DVDs. Why not highlight these titles by shelving them together – close to the manga if space and supervision permits.

TV in the library October 7, 2006

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Have you thought about gathering all your TV DVDs in one place, as Cockeysville has? If a patron has ever sent you in search of, for example, Season 3, volume 2 of the Sopranos, you know how frustrating the search can be.

If they’re all in one place, it’s easier to keep all the DVDs from a particular show grouped together. Not to mention, the long rows of similar spines are eye-catching.

Get your free DVDs here! September 13, 2006

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NO- 040

Why not promote the free DVDs? As you can see from the larger view of this display, this sign is doing its job!

Putting examples of the “No Checkout Fee” and “21-day Loan” stickers on the sign cuts down on disputes at the checkout desk.

NO- 038

Thanks, North Point, for sharing!

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?