Q:Hello! Do you know if any of our tumblarians are children's/youth services librarians? Thank you!
Raise your hand for mmimic if you work with the childrenz!
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*puts hands in the air like I just don’t care*
I just made my raised hand into a puppet—and began talking to it. Does that answer your question?
Paint covered hands are raised!
Ages ten and up over here.
Librarians with a particular interest in readers’ advisory are cordially invited to join a group of like-minded folk at Darien Library on Friday, May 16, 2014, for the Library’s first annual RA Unconference. Or, as we’ve been calling it, RAUNCON. (Pronounced RON-CON.) Darien…
Intrigued. And it’s not a long hike from where I’m sitting.
Blogging about my experience with library donations…
Yesterday I was dropping off some books for donation and happened to notice one of their book sales actually going on so I checked it out. I walked into a room with rows and rows of books and my heart sank. Paperbacks went for $.25, hardbacks…
Just a few different things to consider:
1. Some libraries buy multiple copies of bestsellers so patrons don’t sit on a wait list for months to read that new James Patterson. Eventually, the list dies down and that shelf space could go to new materials. This means the books have to be pulled!
2. Some libraries sell their discarded books at sales. This is great for community members, as well as organizations that need resources at a low price. Some teachers just don’t have the funds to collect books for their classrooms and they can get a bunch for a low price at these sales.
3. Some libraries throw out their discards. This might seem scary, but there are policies being followed. Books that are moldy need to go in the dumpster! They can spread to other books and ruin them. Other books might look brand new, like travel guides, but no one is going to benefit from a 2006 travel guide to Cancun. Most of the information will be inaccurate. Other books might look brand new because no one has ever checked them out! Librarians check stats to see how often the book has gone out. A book that has circulated only once in 10 years could be hogging valuable shelf space for a better used book, or space that might go to an extra computer for community members to use!
4. Some libraries send their books to organizations like Better World Books, where they can resell decent quality books and use some of the profits to donate books to literacy programs. However, sending books out-of-house to companies or charities requires extra staff time and sometimes money.
The bottom line is it varies from library to library, and the librarians are following a plan. I PROMISE. Even if you see books in a dumpster, lots of thought has gone into that decision. They’re doing this to benefit the people who use the library. I’m sure your library would be happy to explain their weeding policy to you!
The above answer about weeding is perfect, so I won’t go on about why weeding is important. What struck me more was the OP’s refusal to buy cheap books because she believed they were worth more. That is silly. A book’s value is not determined by how much the publisher decides to charge for it. Nor are books sacred objects. This is why I destroy them sometimes. By passing those books up, you’re demonstrating the same behavior that got those books in the sale in the first place. Libraries do not have the time/space/money to save books that no one wants.
I’m a big believer in aggressive weeding and discarding after I saw some of the donated titles imported at great cost to rural libraries in Uganda. Obsolete computer manuals. American textbooks (that fail to consider standardized and Anglicized national curriculum in Uganda). Impenetrable classics.
I’m a librarian. I love finding homes for books. But some books are ready for retirement.
Top Circulating Titles
In November, I ran a dusty shelves report for our YA collection. Since we switched over to a new circulation system in summer 2011, we’ve had about 20 items circulate 20 or more times.
The trends: audio. Paranormal romance. Dystopian/postapocalyptic. Only one John Green, but I’m betting he’s blown up since I ran this report in November. By my count seven tie into a movie.
What’s moving at your library?
Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight.
Meyer, Stephenie. New Moon.
Roth, Veronica. Insurgent.
Condie, Allyson. Matched. (audio)
Roth, Veronica. Divergent.
Condie, Allyson. Matched.
Grant, Michael. Gone.
Dashner, James. The Maze Runner.
Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies.
Green, John. The Fault In Our Stars.
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief.
Oliver, Lauren. Before I Fall.
Clare, Cassandra. City of Ashes.
Stolarz, Laurie. Deadly Little Secret.
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book.
Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse.
Cabot, Meg. Airhead.
Groening, Matt. Simpsons Comics Dollars to Donuts.
Patterson, James. The Final Warning. (audio)
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (audio)
- Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy.
So, you loved Divergent and read tons of other post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian YA and now you are looking for something different? How about picking a book based on your favorite faction from the Divergent series?
We’ve selected books we think members of Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Abnegation would like and included a mix of realistic, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy so every reader could discover a new book they’ll enjoy!
If you’re excited about the Divergent movie release, be sure and come to our party on Thursday, March 20th! You’ll be sorted into your faction, play games, make crafts, have a chance to win movie passes, and of course get a Dauntless chocolate cupcake.
I made these for work, but you can see blurbs for each book featured and an explanation for why they fit each faction on my blog.
Saving for later.
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You could be an NPR librarian. Just think of it…!
Divergent Movie Release Program
So, I’m getting together our program to celebrate the Divergent movie release, and I’ve got a lot of ideas about crafts and snacks and things.
But I’d like to have — at least in my back pocket as a way to take up time if things finish quickly — a sort of fandom presentation or conversation. Has anyone done something like this? Are there copyright concerns? I’d like to introduce the kids, mostly 11-13, to some of the fan-made art out on the interwebs.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Update
So, we had eight kids turn up, which is our second-highest turnout to date. It was a pretty even mix of boys and girls in the 5th-7th grade range. They had an uproarious time and one girl said she was bummed the program was only an hour long (good news after our disastrous two-hour Zombie Fest in October).
Here’s what the intern and I did:
- Each kid decorated three hostile hearts, like the ones I made and posted about before.
- The kids weren’t allowed to say the words LOVE, VALENTINE, HEART, KISS or HUG. If someone caught you saying one, they could take one of your hearts. Kid with the most hearts at the end of the program won a prize.
- Cookie decorating with edible fondant. My intern handled this. The kids loved it. It was pretty messy, but not horrifically so.
- While the kids decorated we did book talks on non-mushy books. Frankly, the kids mostly ignored us.
- One-minute conversation heart stacking contests.
- One-minute cookie balancing contests where you have to get an Oreo from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands.
And we had some backup activities we didn’t end up needing, like supplies for a closed-eye drawing contest, cards to play Spoons and a roll of black duct tape to make black roses.
Code Name Verity
I haven’t read it yet, though I keep meaning to. I was going to pitch it as the YA choice for our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party because it’s exciting and all about friendship and adventure, but I’m reading that the torture scenes are pretty intense.
The kids at the party are, I think, in fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The MG choice I was going to pitch was When You Reach Me. I’m looking for books where romance is not a central feature.
So should I go with something else? Or is it OK? What else would you recommend.