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Friday, June 15, 2012

Popular Children's Series

Based on a poll of PUBYAC and IFLS Youth Services list servs, in combination with a peek at the multiple holds list for our catalog, I came up with this list of popular series.  Take a peek. Do you have anything to add to the list?  Anything you need to add to your collection?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
this one was the hands-down winner in the poll, but there are not multiple holds on titles

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
lots of votes, plus there must be a new entry, because it made the multiple holds list in May

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordon
I also put this in the teen list--tons of holds on the upcoming Mark of Athena

Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
Also on the teen list.  Perennial favorite, with new titles always coming.

Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne
Still on the list!

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
The only picture book series that made the list

Warriors and Seekers by Erin Hunter
These have cross-over appeal with teens, and are still popular!

Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
Still on the list--mostly due to multiple holds






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Popular Teen Series

After an informal poll of librarians on PUBYAC on the IFLS Youth Services listserv, I took a peek at the multiple holds list generated by our shared catalog.  What follows are titles that came up several times in the poll or came up with lots of holds.  Check your shelves.  Do you agree, are these popular? Do you own them?  If not, maybe it's time to try them, or consider buying more copies!

Note:  not a scientific poll by any means!  Just a little something that might be helpful...

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
We seem to be meeting demand on this, but it was listed multiple times by respondents to the poll.

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Mentioned in the poll, also the yet-to-be-published title The Mark of Athena had 143 holds at last count)

Divergent trilogy (only 2 published so far) by Veronica Roth
Mentioned in the poll, and Insurgent made the multiple holds list, too

Matched trilogy (only 2 published so far, third expected in November) by Allie Condy
Mentioned in poll and showing up in multiple holds list

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Daniel X by James Patterson

Seekers by Erin Hunter

Graceling  series by Kristen Cashore

Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

House of Night by P.C. Cast

Revenants Trilogy by Amy Plum

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Pretty Little Liars by Sarah Shepard

Black Bird  by Kanoko Sakurakji

Fallen by Lauren Kate



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LSTA Guidelines and Categories


Applying for an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant is a big project, but it can really make a difference to your library and your community.  The Rice Lake Public Library applied for and received a literacy grant for 2012, and they are transforming their children's room to support early literacy.  Dawn Wacek reports:  "We finally have our furniture in and play activities and we LOVE everything about it.  The kids are having a blast playing in the new space."
Toddlers enjoy the new literacy panels installed as part of the Rice Lake Public Library's Early Literacy Grant Project.


The guidelines for the 2013 LSTA grants are now available. Individual libraries can apply in the following categories:  Literacy, Accessibility, Digitization of Local Resources, and new category--Digital Creations in Public Libraries.  Also online is an LSTA grant application worksheet containing information to include in a successful grant application as well as a blank form for use as a model.

If you are thinking about writing a proposal, here are 3 suggestions:

  1. Attend a virtual information session on writing LSTA grant proposals on June 28--for more details contact Terrie Howe at Teresa.howe@dpi.wi.gov.  
  2. Contact me if you want help writing a grant, or deciding whether or not to write one.  I cannot help you if you contact me last-minute, but if you want my help, I'm happy to provide it.  Make an appointment to talk with me about it sometime in July!  langby@ifls.lib.wi.us 
  3. As you write the grant, remember that they are for the calendar year, but because it is a federal grant, sometimes you won't find out if funding is available until well into the grant year.  Make sure you are cooking up a scheme that can be compressed into 9-10 months if necessary.

FYI:  I will plan on writing an IFLS-wide grant proposal about autism and teens and young adults, so watch for details on this.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Autism Web Resources

After the Autism Society Conference, the other attendees and I decided that a web resource would be helpful.  We created a list of resources that will be useful to librarians trying to learn more--including some library-specific sites, that will also help librarians provide assistance to families who are trying to find information and support.

Take a peek.  There are lots of great resources out there, and it might come in handy for reference questions, outreach, and just plain getting informed.  http://www.ifls.lib.wi.us/Default.aspx?tabid=1266