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Going, going, Gon June 16, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Japanese publisher Kodansha enters into a deal with Korean production house Daewon Media to produce a animated new TV series based on Gon, a non-verbal early 1990s manga series by Masashi Tanaka for air in 2010, per Anime News Network. Gon revolves around a small and cute orange dinosaur. Several years back Sprite Animation Studios, which announced it was at work on a movie version of Gon, but not word on what happened to that endeavor.

This adorable wordless manga title can be hard to find, but it’s perfect for the kid who still struggles with reading – keeps that kid holding books and turning pages until the reading thing gels.


Martial arts mayhem June 5, 2008

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With the release of Kung Fu Panda (and all of its attendant merchandizing, and believe me, they’re merchandizing the heck out of this one), we are sure to see additional interest in martial arts books (796.8) and DVDs. Don’t forget manga, Jeff Stone’s Five Ancestors series, and  biographies of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan!

Has it been ten years already? May 27, 2008

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Wow. Was there really life before Harry? (Kidding!) From Cynopsis Kids:

Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine will publish a special anniversary edition of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in the US on September 23, 2008. The anniversary edition will include exclusive bonus material from Rowling and feature new cover art and frontispiece (an illustration facing the title page) by illustrator of the US Potter books, Mary GrendPre, featuring 11-year-old Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first published in the US in September 1998.

So don’t weed all your copies out – there’s life in this franchise yet!

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”.

The Chronic May 9, 2008

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It’s that time again… massive summer family fantasy movie time, that is.

Prince Caspian, the second movie of The Chronicles of Narnia, opens May 16. Bust out your C.S. Lewis, your Philip Pullman, your Lloyd Alexander and your Madeleine L’Engle (hey and isn’t it about time for another attempt at adapting A Wrinkle in Time?).

Other authors to put on the display:

  • Holly Black
  • Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Garth Nix
  • Susan Cooper
  • Brian Jacques
  • Cornelia Funke
  • Christopher Paolini
  • Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Gerald Morris
  • Tamora Pierce

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.

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

In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group – Viking)

Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

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

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

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

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

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

Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers’ Festival)

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

Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“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.

Warriors read-alikes May 8, 2008

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No, not the awesome late-70’s gang movie… the kids’ adventure series with all the cats!

From the Hornbook, an excellent set suggestions for kids who can’t get enough of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series (cool website by the way).

Q: My fourth grader has become a voracious reader thanks to the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Other suggestions? — L. Everett, Arlington, MA
A: Two direct corollaries to the Warriors series come to mind (for those of you without pre-teens, the series is a multi-volumed, multi-tiered fantasy drama about sentient, heroic cats).
There’s SF Said and Dave McKean’s two Varjak Paw books, about a street cat gifted in martial arts.
And in a few years (the target age is a little older), try Clare Bell’s five-volumed Named series (beginning with Ratha’s Creature), about the epic struggles of giant prehistoric cats.
Moving beyond the feline subset, though, there’s a rich array of animal fantasy out there. Brian Jacques’s iconic Redwall books are a strong choice, but don’t overlook more recent series such as:
M. I. McAllister’s Mistmantle Chronicles (beginning with Urchin of the Riding Stars), which follow the exploits of a spunky squirrel page
Kenneth Oppel’s bat quest-adventures (Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing);
and Clem Martini’s Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles (the world-changing journeys of a young outcast crow, beginning with The Mob).
If your child is partial to the triumphant underdog theme, you might also try moving into the human realm with Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small Quartet, about the training and trials of a fantasy kingdom’s first legally sanctioned female knight,
or Suzanne Collins’s Underland Chronicles, which, starting with Gregor the Overlander, tell the tale of an eleven-year-old boy who fulfills his destiny as the prophesied hero of a nightmarish underworld.
All these titles offer plenty of action and intrigue, as well as the chance to return time and again to beloved characters and worlds. —Claire E. Gross

Loch Ness literature April 19, 2008

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New on DVD this week: The Water Horse, a family movie featuring the Loch Ness Monster, based on a book by Dick King-Smith.

You might take this opportunity to pull a selection of Dick King-Smith’s books (including Babe, the Gallant Pig, the basis for the movie Babe)… or a selection of books about cryptozoology – the study of mythical(?) creatures such as the yeti, Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, mokele-mbembe, etc.

A CARL search on “loch ness,” cryptozoology, or monsters will bring up plenty. Don’t forget Roland Smith’s Cryptid Hunters and Alice Flaherty’s fun picture book The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster.

Baby elephant walk March 31, 2008

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Congratulations to mother and zoo on the recent birth of the first pachyderm born in Baltimore since the last ice age! Despite much-publicized financial problems, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was able to care for the mother, 24-year-old Felix, sufficiently well during her 22 months of pregnancy, that delivery of the 290 pound calf was relatively smooth.

Support the zoo by fanning the flames of interest in our new Marylander with a display of elephantine materials. Scour the 599’s, pull books about Africa from 960 and 916, and highlight Alexander McCall Smith’s Akimbo and the Elephant.

PrintableBaby elephant coloring pages available here and here.

Not for wimps only March 3, 2008

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an unusual book. A combination of cartoons and writing, it’s well beyond your average illustrated chapter book, but it’s not quite a graphic novel. It’s not an adventure novel, there are NO elements of fantasy in it, and the main character, Greg, learns no valuable life lessons. It is funny, and anarchic, and full of farting.

In short, it is a gift from above for 5th grade boys. Luckily for them, there are 5 books planned for the series, and Fox 2000 has just signed on to do a movie. The second book in the series has just come out. Called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, it is more of the same, except blue.

The author, Jeff Kinney, was interviewed in the Baltimore Sun this weekend, and as of this morning, all copies of both books are checked out – with a hold queue.

Click “more” for some read-alike suggestions for a “Wimpy” book display:


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.

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.

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

Little House on the Great White Way November 14, 2007

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This is waaaay advance warning: the Little House on the Prairie books have been made into a musical which will premiere on Broadway in summer of 2008. Really. They’re going to call it Prairie! Probably without the exclamation point. Looks like Patrick Swayze will play Michael Landon, I mean Pa. Keep it in mind for future beef-ups etc.

Fractured fairy tales September 24, 2007

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A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses familiar fairy tale characters, settings, or plot elements, and alters the story’s point of view or setting, or mixes up characters from different stories to make a new, usually humorous, story. Think Shrek.

The new movie Sydney White could be considered a fractured fairy tale: Amanda Bynes plays Sydney, a college freshman who, together with her seven socially challenged friends, saves the day and meets her prince.

Fractured fairy tales tend to engage so-called “reluctant readers”. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Frog Prince Continued, both by Jon Scieszka, contain enough humor and familiar elements to ease kids into the story. Michael Buckley‘s Sisters Grimm series does the same, in the context of the detective story.

Here’s a nice list of fractured fairy tales from the Children’s Literature Web Guide – it starts with picture books and then lists books for older readers.

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).


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.

What would SpongeBob read? August 30, 2007

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Madeline’s Favorites, Seattle PL

We love this idea, spotted in Seattle:

Librarians in the children’s section select books that they think would be favored by well-known characters from children’s literature, and display them along with an oversized representation of the character and a little sign.

Babar might promote Alexander McCall Smith‘s Akimbo series; Miss Spider would read books on etiquette; and Curious George would read practically anything – he’s a curious little monkey, after all!

A gathering of tribes August 25, 2007

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Photo of the National Powwow by Walter Larrimore

The Baltimore American Indian Center held its 33rd annual Powwow this weekend in Patterson Park.

Search “powwow” in CARL for a small selection of books about powwows to headline a display about Native Americans, J 970.0049. Don’t forget the fiction: Joseph Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, and Marlene Carvell; the biographies: Sacagawea, Chief Joseph, Jim Thorpe, etc.; and the folklore: look in J 398 for Bruchac (again), Gerald Hausman, and Anita Delal.

Coloring pages here. Plus a word search!

At the fair August 25, 2007

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Celebrate the State Fair with a display of books like E.B. White‘s Charlotte’s Web, in which the fair plays a central part.

Easy books:

Angelina at the fair by Katharine Holabird, illus. by Helen Craig
Oh, look! by Patricia Polacco
Brave potatoes by Toby Speed ; illustrated by Barry Root.
Knitting Nell by Julie Jersild Roth
County Fair : adapted from the Little house books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Jody Wheeler.
Emma at the fair by Margriet Ruurs ; illustrated by Barbara Spurll
Minerva Louise at the fair by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Time for the fair by Mary Train; illus. by Karel Hayes

First Chapter Books

Cookie crazy; illustrated by Steve Haefele; based on the Scholastic book series “Clifford the big red dog” by Norman Bridwell
Pig pickin’ by Stephanie Greene ; illustrated by Joe Mathieu
It’s a fair day, Amber Brown / Paula Danziger ; illustrated by Tony Ross

Juvenile fiction

Danger at the Fair by Peg Kehret
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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!

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.

The Bay Game July 11, 2007

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Most branches have by now received copies of The Bay Game book, a very nice booklet of mazes, word searches, fish facts, and other activities that the toll booth operators at the Bay Bridge hand out to families passing through.

Why not make a big thing out of these giveaways with a display of coordinating books? B is for Blue Crab, Beach by Elisha Cooper, the books of Priscilla Cummings, and non-fiction from 577.786 (estuaries) and 975.518 (Chesapeake Bay) would highlight this terrific little perk for our customers.

Fight evil. Read books. July 6, 2007

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It’s a question we face every time… how do we capitalize on the new Harry Potter book – and movie! – when all our copies are checked out?

Use BCPL’s After Harry Potter booklist to select similar books for a big fantasy display. Multnomah County’s “If you liked Harry Potter, try…” list is long and up-to-date. Click on this link, as the link from BCPL’s Harry Potter page is broken. Similar lists are online from other library systems. Waterboro Public Library has a very comprehensive one, as does Boston Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Christchurch City Libraries (in New Zealand!).

Try to put this display where adults are likely to see it too – we know plenty of grownups who read Diane Wynne Jones and Philip Pullman (not to mention J.K. Rowling) purely for pleasure!

Road trips in American history May 24, 2007

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We know you’ll be recommending the classic journeys of children’s literature during SRC this summer: Huckleberry Finn, Hitty, Walk Two Moons… but what about those kids who insist on “true books,” the kids who want non-fiction or at the very least historical fiction?

Look to America’s famous trails and roads for fascinating true stories and historical fiction. The Oregon Trail, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Underground Railroad are just three examples of American journeys that have provided vivid settings for terrific works of children’s literature.

You might use the themes listed below to create informative displays, flesh out your book lists, or to inspire your efforts to find just the right book for your nonfiction and historical fiction readers.

Click “more” for a list of journeys and trails in American history. A few notable recent books are highlighted for each (Easy, Juvenile, and adult titles suitable for teens are listed). Call numbers are provided.


Nancy Drew, girl sleuth May 10, 2007

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Nancy Drew hits the big screen June 15. This Nancy is updated, though still sweet, and Bess, George and Ned are still along for the ride.

This is one movie we can merchandize the heck out of without too much fear that we’ll run out of books. Why not try something clever, like leaving clues that lead to the books?

Horsing around May 2, 2007

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Snowchief winning the Preakness, 1987. Carol Sauceda.

Two jewels in horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby (May 5) and the Preakness Stakes (May 19), are coming up soon.

How about a Juvenile display of everybody’s favorite horse authors:

  • Walter Farley
  • Marguerite Henry
  • Anna Sewell
  • Jessie Haas
  • Enid Bagnold
  • Nancy Springer
  • Elissa Haden Guest
  • Kathleen Duey

Plus one-offs such as:

  • Horse Tales. J H
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  • Chico by Sandra Day O’Connor

Don’t forget the 798.24‘s!

Wonderful horsey coloring pages from Windt im Wald horse farm. More here and here.

Earth Day, April 22 April 19, 2007

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hosta crop

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”…


Step up to the plate! April 12, 2007

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ALA has announced the second year of Step Up to the Plate@Your Library!

Concurrent with National Library Week, it’s a cute promotion, and it goes like this:

  1. Kid (aged 9 to 18) reads baseball book
  2. Kid describes a character in the book and tells why the character inspires him/her (250 to 750 words, in English or Spanish)
  3. Kid submits essay online or through the mail by September 1

Kid could win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!

Register here for free promotional materials, and ALA even provides a fairly up-to-date list of baseball books. (See also our recent post on celebrity sports books)

Play Ball!

(Baseball coloring pages here and here and Orioles Bird coloring pages here.)

“Joey Pigza” comes to Towson April 7, 2007

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Support this fantastic author visit (April 16) with a display of books by Jack Gantos. Round out your display with other humorous books by authors such as Louis Sachar, Gregory Maguire, Andrew Clements, Gordon Korman, E.L. Konigsburg, Richard Peck, Jerry Spinelli, Dav Pilkey and Daniel Pinkwater.

They’re on the loose! March 22, 2007

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Harper’s Ferry, a good day trip from Baltimore County.

Spring Break for Baltimore County Public Schools is April 6-15. It’s always a good idea to have extra coloring pages and activities on hand when you’re likely to get extra kids. But also, be sure to load up your displays of juvenile fiction, and take advantage of seasonal interest in baseball and basketball to push the sports books.

And don’t forget the grownups! Many families try to get away for Spring Break, or at least take day trips. Pull out a few travel guides to the Mid-Atlantic, and maybe a couple of trail guides for Maryland and the Appalachian Trail. People who are staying home will also be looking for family-friendly activities – a selection of coaching manuals might be just the thing for parents trying to coax their kids outside.

Sharpen the Hatchet! March 21, 2007

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Debbie Wheeler passed along an article from the Baltimore Sun partially attributing the survival of a lost 12-year-old Boy Scout to the skills and inspiration he gleaned from reading Gary Paulsen’s classic novel Hatchet.

Take advantage of the media publicity and haul out a batch of Gary Paulsen’s Brian books, in addition to his juvenile autobiography, Guts: the true stories behind Hatchet and the Brian books. You might flesh out the display with other wilderness novels, such as My Side of the Mountain and Call of the Wild, or with other Juvenile and Young Adult books by Gary Paulsen.

Click here to read the Sun article.

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.

She shoots… she scores! March 15, 2007

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Greetings to you from NCAA basketball season! Productivity is decreasing as we speak as millions of people log on to websites where we, uh, they can watch the games live via streaming media and keep up with how we’re, uh they’re doing in the March Madness pool. This, this is the reason we invented the Internet!

You can keep tabs at the NCAA’s official site (men’s here and women’s here) and, when you’re not busy doing that, there’s a whole gang of basketball-related books – for kids and for grownups – to put on display this season.

Click “more” to see the list…


Balloons on your birthday February 23, 2007

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Author birthday balloons

… if you’re a J author in Towson, that is.

Tyler Wolfe, Towson’s merchandizing coordinator, came up with this scavenger-hunt-esque idea for pepping up the J fiction shelves. Tyler writes: 

You might see some little balloon tags around the JArea. I’ve stuck up very small “Happy Birthday” signs next to childrens authors (Easies and J Fiction) who have birthdays this month (with the author and date). It seemed like a fun and simple way to put a little more color around and maybe highlight some good authors. If the signs don’t all get destroyed in the first week, I’ll probably try to keep it up each month.

Feel free to give a bit of a merchandising preference to anyone you see with a tag. After all, it is their birthday.

He uses the list of authors and their birthdays compiled by Kidsreads.com. Kidsreads.com is a nice place to visit if you’d like to keep abreast of upcoming books, especially series titles. They have links to tons of author websites, games, and reviews as well.