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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.


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.

Meet Molly January 12, 2007

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American Girl books and doll bookend

Doesn’t she make a great bookend? Ask around – maybe you have a friend whose daughters have outgrown their American Girl dolls.

You might not want to risk this if your series titles are shelved far out of view of the desk.

Special labels for series fiction September 13, 2006

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The human brain processes images something like nine times faster than it does words. A series logo such as “American Girl” or “Animal Ark” is instantly recognizable by adult and child alike.

It takes a little extra trouble to make these specialized shelf labels (here, at Essex), but to a beginning reader, it’s probably worth it.

Three ways:

  1. Find the series logo on the Internet, copy it into Microsoft Word (or a graphics program), print on a color printer, and trim.
  2. Scan the logo from a book, import it into Word (or a graphics program), print, and trim.
  3. Color copy the logo from a book or other promotional materials, print and trim.