First we eat, then we diet

November 17, 2010

I am working on my Baker and Taylor selection list today and it reminds me of the seasonal publishing.  Last month, it was all cookbooks to be ready for the holiday season.  We are all then tempted to chow down.  This month, it is all excercise and dieting.  These books will come in the new year so that we can all try to get rid of the weight we just put on during the holiday season.

Cooking is a perenially popular display.  Think about a Get Fit display for the new year.  I am purchasing many new books in this area.

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best, best, best

November 10, 2010

and so it begins.  the best of lists are rolling out with Amazon, LJ (Top 10 with full list forthcoming November 18), and PW publicizing their favorites of the year.

as always, EarlyWord provides great online coverage and analysis of the lists.  also found (via GalleyCat) is largehearted boy’s Best of 2010” list o’ links that is extensive.

of the above top 10 lists, only 3 titles overlap:  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (of which we own 5! different editions), “The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen.

pulling the 2010 titles for display is next to impossible, but what about previous lists?  EarlyWord provides a list of links to the 2009 winners plus a spreadsheet of winners listed on the right-hand side of the blog about 1/2 down the page under a blue column heading titled “Best Books ’09.”  this is a great way to display multiple copies and audiobooks.

posting by marin

everyone has a story

October 27, 2010

if there is anything that reading memoirs and listening to “This American Life” has taught me is that people are interesting.  from celebrities to us ordinary folk, there are some pretty fascinating tales out there.  one of the columns that i’ve always enjoyed from LJ is the BookSmack! feature on memoirs.

“Memoir Short Takes” was briefly on hiatus, but has returned for a twice monthly feature with alternating authors:  Therese Purcell Nielsen and Julie Kane.  this week’s reviews range from a fascination with fire to the life changing event of a premature baby.  what i appreciate most about these reviews are the frank opinions shared about the memoirs called “What I’m Telling My Friends.”  Purcell Nielson says this about Jay Varner’s  “Nothing Left To Burn: A Memoir”:

This book may resonate better with men than women, but I walked away wondering why Varner wrote this while his mother still lived. The demons you exorcise are not always your own.

bringing together reviews of memoirs into one column is a great source for displays.  a quick Google search brings up a nice list of columns to pull from.  best of all, a display of memoirs breaks up the ever daunting biography section into more manageable bites.

posting by marin

thrilling awards on display

October 25, 2010

one of the go to sites for mystery and thriller readers is Stop, You’re Killing Me! compiled by that site is a handy list of award winners in the categories of mysteries, thrillers, and crime nonfiction.

a display highlighting recent Agatha winners and nominees or one highlighting multiple awards would be quite the attention getter.

(via GalleyCat)

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cozy up to cozies

October 4, 2010

it’s most likely due to my complete lack of knowledge of cozies that i kept 2 lists of cozies in my in-box for over 6 months.  one is from RT Book Reviews Magazine (i still keep calling it Romantic Times) and the other from LJ.  the LJ article helpfully defines cozies as

Cozies, frequently defined as mysteries where the murder occurs offstage, offer readers reliable pleasures. These books contain less violence, sex, and gritty language than the norm, have an engaging tone (ranging from warm comfort to crabbily witty), and typically feature a sleuth who stumbles into his or her role—be that as a sideline to another job or as the presumptive village busy body.

as a selector, i find these books fairly easy to identify by their covers: usually a homey scene absent of any blood dripping on the cover.

the RT list came via an email from Faygie Levy, Executive Editor, after i requested a copy of the list since it’s not available on their site nor full-text on any of our magazine databases.  bummer.  sorry for the somewhat awkward access (4 pages, 10-13), but the list, “Match Your Passion with a Cozy,” is quite extensive and helpful.

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happily, LJ’s list of “Cozies:  22 Core Titles” is easily accessible through their site.

also see NoveList for their “Getting Cozy” list under the adult fiction mystery category from the front page.

feel like doing a cozy book display?

posting by marin who will attempt to apply the ‘display’ category to all future display blog postings

steampunk, steampunk…

March 9, 2010

that’s all i ever hear.  in the last year, steampunk has taken off.  a subgenre of science fiction, steampunk novels are set in a world primarily powered by steam, usually Victorian England, with the added twist of science fiction and/or fantasy elements with an emphasis on technology not common to the time.

LJ compiled a great readers’ advisory list of steampunk classics and new titles that would make a great display.  i’d add a teen title by Chris Wooding, “The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray” and the newest from the ever-popular Katie MacAlister, “Steamed:  A Steampunk Romance,” which received a starred review from Booklist.  Having read Gail Carriger’s “Soulless” in December, I am really looking forward to the sequel “Changeless.”  Macalister’s and Carriger’s titles could easily be called gaslight romances, steampunk with more prominence placed on romance.

posting by marin

on the road….together

June 22, 2009

Road trip!

Marie and I leave Friday to visit Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and Deadwood.  We’re excited and amongst our things we’re preparing are the books we’ll be bringing along, so it was serendipitous that I came across this post by Sarah Dessen:  Books To Keep You Sane On A Family Road Trip.

  • Losing It by Valerie Bertinelli
  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Sarah’s choices definitely wouldn’t work for me personally but they’re interesting and her post is witty and fun.  Her theme though got me thinking that this would make a great display in our libraries.  Sure, it’s just a variation of the the staff picks but give it a try, and send us a photo and we’ll post it to the blog.

BTW here are my road trip picks so far.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. 

I’ve only begun this tale of life in the dust bowl during the Depression, but so far it’s fascinating and a bit terrifying.  The dust storms of that time created clouds 10,000 feet high which could drop a 100,000 tons of dust in a single day.  I’m looking forward to learning more about this as we travel through the Big Sky country of Montana, and Wyoming.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

After Egan’s book, we’ll need a lift so we’re listening to this on audio.

Got any road trip fodder to share?  Leave a comment.

posting by jim

PS  If you’re interested, you might try the film Bound For Glory starring David Carradine who is excellent in his  portrayal of the iconic Woody Guthrie.  The film won Oscars for cinematography as well as music.

What Would Jane Do?

What Would Jane Do?

Any program worth it’s salt, has a plan for regularly reviewing how effective it is at meeting its goals.  Nancy and staff from the Lynnwood, Marysville and Oak Harbor libraries met last month to discuss the Explore collection, looking at circulation, cost, and staff time.  At an upcoming Building Heads meeting Nancy will be sharing changes in how to manage Explore collections to increase circulation through the use of some new display guidelines.  The photos here feature some of these new ideas in use at the Marysville Library.

Here’s a teaser summary.

  • get creative, use themes, mysteries, books set in or, about India
  • integrate media into your displays
  • displays do not need to consist of 4 to 5 copies of titles
So Mysterious!

So Mysterious!

Take it to the stacks put Explore titles on the shelf next to titles in your fiction,  nonfiction, and media shelves.  Here we use What Would Audrey Do? in both the nonfiction and DVD collections.

Live Fast, Die Young but, What Would Audrey Do?

Live Fast, Die Young but, What Would Audrey Do?

WWAD in the DVD collection

WWAD in the DVD collection

Look for more information about the Explore collection later this month.

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Collect ‘em all!

December 5, 2008


Explore Collection Trading Card

Originally uploaded by kiltedlibrarian

After reading Nancy’s post about the Explore collection, I couldn’t resist sharing this Explore Collection trading card. You can make your own at the big huge labs site. So make your own, send me the link or image and I’ll pop it into our blog.

posting by jim

feeling clever?  create poetry using the spines of books.  magnetic poetry is so over :)

(via Shelf Awareness)

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