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With physical and virtual visits off the charts, libraries across the country are thinking up innovative ways to keep users happy.
Tumblarians, are you doing to keep your users happy?
As spring approaches, librarians across the country begin thinking seriously about summer reading and planning outreach visits to local schools. These visits often involve a quick summary of the various services available at the local library and a preview of the prizes and events that will launch with summer reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage reading—be it over the summer months or throughout the school year—is through booktalking. A librarian, armed with a book in hand, a few well-chosen words, and a killer “hook,” is often all it takes to turn a group of staid students into a ravenous rush of readers.
We’ve asked SLJ‘s reviewers to share some of their favorite recent books, along with a short “book hook”; these are mini-booktalks intended to grab the attention of kids and teens—in as few words as possible. Their responses are curated on a fun and shareable Pinterest board.
Please add your own favorite titles and book hooks in the comments section below or post on social media using the hashtag #sljbookhook.
Another brilliant idea from our colleagues at School Library Journal. This can easily be applied for adult summer reading as well.
My local rescue has a program called Book Buddies where kids read to sheltered cats to keep them from being lonely.
So many libraries offer Read To A Dog events, why not Read to A Cat. Also, Happy Monday. Kitties! Squee!
Our Monday has officially been brightened.
Our goal was to leave the reader with the impression that each story could only be set in the location it’s written. This notion of hyperlocalism is the secret to the success of the series, but it is not a unique model in the book business. In fact, I’d say that we’re pretenders to the aesthetic when compared to the one institution in publishing that truly functions on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level: libraries. They’re the only literary institution to touch whole swaths of America.
No one knows neighborhoods better than libraries, and branch locations are often unmistakably intertwined with their locales. When we embarked on a (first-ever) 15-neighborhood book tour for Brooklyn Noir, the Brooklyn Public Library proved this. Librarians Jay Kaplan and Meredith Walters were hugely supportive from the start and helped arrange book events in a diverse array of branch locations: Coney Island, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, and, of course the majestic Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Hearing our contributors read in the branch libraries associated with their stories was a truly special experience.
In each city we visit with this series, it has been a natural fit for Akashic to engage with libraries. Last year, the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library hosted the launch event for Kansas City Noir and featured the book in its “While the City Sleeps” reading series. The Glendale Public Library selected Los Angeles Noir for its “One Book, One Glendale” program. In fact, in all but a few cases, every single book set in the United States has been launched with some form of collaboration with local libraries.
Then there are various other points of library contact: portions of the profits from New Orleans Noir are donated to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation; a number of cover photos in the series have been licensed from library archives. I’m also pleased to announce that Laureen P. Cantwell, an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Memphis, has just signed on as coeditor of Memphis Noir. She and her coeditor, book critic Leonard Gill, join an illustrious group of volume editors that includes Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, and Joyce Carol Oates. And perhaps most important, the series has connected us with so many talented authors—more than 800 writers have contributed to the 60-plus volumes so far.
Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books, celebrates ten years of going local with his acclaimed “Noir” anthology series and acknowledges the importance of that most hyperlocal of institutions: the public library.
In a wrinkle that may prove controversial, S&S is requiring participating libraries to make their titles available for purchase through their library’s website via OverDrive’s Library BIN (Buy It Now) option, 3M’s Buy and Donate option, or through Baker & Taylor’s MyLibraryBookstore customized ecommerce sites, which offer both print books and ebooks, and give libraries a commission on sales from those sites.
Found a wooden book in the stacks
Questions! I have them!
- This looks old. How long ago did someone hide this joke in the stacks?
- Reference section! More evidence that print reference is dying?
- Librarian, library staff, or patron? I thinking someone who worked in the library given the spine label etc.
- Why that call number/title/ etc.?
Sadly, my questions were answered (by a Facebook friend of John’s), and it’s way less exciting than I hoped. It’s a book dummy used to hold the place of an in-use reference item so other browsers would know it existed — an outdated practice in modern libraries, but in this case one somehow survived on the shelves. With a sarcastic scrawl on the front.
Interesting history! What will you do with it now?
I knew this! (That is all.)
Tumblarians, do you still use book dummies in your collections?
For years, adults who had dropped out of high school had only one venue to prove that they’d mastered the same skills that a diploma reflects: passing the general educational development (GED) test. While it’s better than nothing, though, in practice, a GED is not a complete replacement for a diploma, since it’s treated as a lesser substitute by colleges and employers. Now, Gale Cengage Learning is partnering with the country’s first accredited online school district, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), to offer a way for adults to earn a full high school diploma through libraries across the nation: Career Online High School (COHS).
Libraries have always been in the education business, but now it’s official.
As the Northeast is battered by “Winter Storm Hercules”—a nor’easter all but destined to enter Wikipedia’s list of notable nor’easters—one public library has provided succor, sort of. In Hopkinton, Massachusetts, a redditor came across this sign; to its great credit, it suggests neither burning books, nor reading erotica aloud, nor any other heat-generating gimmickry. Rather, it stands as a stark, charmingly blunt reminder that though literature may warm the soul, it will never warm the body.
The libraries to make OverDrive’s ”Million Digital Checkouts Club” this year include: King County Library System in Washington, which recorded 1.6 million downloads up 25% over 2012;Toronto Public Library, which had 1.5 million digital downloads this year, up 68% over last year; New York Public Library which had 1.2 million digital downloads up 16% from 2012; Hennepin County Library in Minnesota had 1 million digital downloads in 2013, a 41% increase from 2012; Cleveland Public Library in Ohio, which marked 1 million digital downloads this year, a 32% increase over 2012; and the Seattle Public Library which had a million downloads, representing a 22% increase over 2012.
The Library War on Christmas http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2013/12/23/the-library-war-on-christmas/ … Call Bill O’Reilly! Librarians are attacking Christmas, or are they?
Someone on the Internet told me that there’s a war on Christmas, and it so deeply disturbed me that I had to sit back with a cold martini and listen to some Miles Davis.
Actually, I do that a lot even when nothing disturbs me, so from the outside you probably couldn’t tell the difference.
And then I read this totally true account of how someone from the Atheist Civil Liberals Union (ACLU) beat up a Salvation Army volunteer for wishing him a Merry Christmas. This is shameful, shameful stuff.
After all that, I wondered if public libraries are participating in this war on Christmas. They’re public buildings after all, and we all know that the government frowns upon Christmas, which is why Christmas is a holiday for just about every government employee at every level in the country.
Alas the little snow we accumulated in NYC yesterday has gone.