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Thursday, March 1, 2012


At our Summer Library Program Workshop, Becky Arenivar (Prescott) mentioned that she got great results with a weekly reminder e-mail for families signed up to participate in the program. The main point is to publicize programs for the week, but it can also be used to highlight reading goals, remind people about prizes or deadlines, and so forth.

I love this idea--it is hard to keep track of everything, and a reminder that doesn't require lots of extra paper seems smart. To make matters even easier, Tami Richardson (Rice Lake) clued me in to a free service called Mail Chimp, which allows you to make graphically interesting emails and send them to a mailing list.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Great Graphic Novels for Teens

(photo from flickr, erin m, Florida Supercon)




YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association) has named a top ten list of graphic novels for teens. How many are in your collection? What do the teens in your library like?

Here's the list:
  • Amir and Khalil. “Zahra’s Paradise.” First Second, 2011
  • Bendis, Brian Michael and Alex Maleev. “Scarlet.” Marvel/Icon Comics, 2011.
  • Brosgal, Vera. “Anya’s Ghost.” First Second, 2011.
  • Gladstone, Brooke, Josh Neufeld, and others. “The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media.” W. W. Norton and Company, 2011.
  • Langridge, Roger, Chris Samnee, and others.
    “Thor: The Mighty Avenger V. 1.” Marvel, 2010.
    “Thor: The Mighty Avenger V. 2.” Marvel, 2011.
  • McLeod, Kagan. “Infinite Kung Fu.” Top Shelf, 2011.
  • Mori, Kaoru. “A Bride’s Story V. 1.” Yen Press, 2011.
  • Nicolle, Malachai and Ethan Nicolle. “Axe Cop V. 1.” Dark Horse, 2011.
  • Ralph, Brian. “Daybreak.” Drawn and Quarterly, 2011.
  • Shimura, Takako. “Wandering Son V. 1.” Fantagraphics Books, 2011.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A few display ideas

Here is a collection of decoration ideas from the summer library program workshop:

  • If you want to have a picture (of an astronaut or some other night-time related person or animal) with a face cut out for photo opportunities and gen
  • eral silliness, someone suggested using canvas stretched over wood as an alternative to plywood (splinters!) or some other medium.
  • If you have an extra familiar book (maybe it is going to be weeded for condition, maybe it came in as a donation and you don't need it for something else), try shredding it and putting it in a jar on your desk. Let kids guess what book it is.
  • There was quite a bit of discussion of the excellent possible uses of fairy lights to create an atmosphere, like winding them around a hula hoop or using them with fabric draping on the ceiling.
  • Monster boxes made out of tissue boxes! If you have things for kids to vote on (best monster, favorite book, favorite night-time activity) or if you need a place for kids to drop off reading records or to make suggestions (I bet you can think of a dozen more uses), these are pretty cool: