If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I am always hyping books I’ve read before they are published. One of the most common questions I get is “How do you get them?” Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs), are free copies of books that are distributed to stakeholders before the publishing date. And… Read More How to Get and Use ARCs as a Librarian
February has been a huge month for me! I’ve been preparing for a major job change, hosting wedding-related parties, and getting ready to move to a different city. But I didn’t stop reading and listening and watching. Here’s what I loved this month, in the midst of all the chaos. What I Read Mr. Penumbra’s… Read More What I Loved #16: Mr. Penumbra, House of Anansi, Skyrim, and Engagement Parties
It was time to follow up after my Marvel Vs. DC superhero extravaganza display (Marvel circulated twice as much as DC, by the way). With all the superhero TV shows, movies, and general hype, I thought it was a good time to present an alternate option: awesome graphic novels with no traditional superheroes. There’s still… Read More Sick of Superheroes? Graphic Novel Display
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this display earlier! It’s such a simple concept. Some kids and teens might not grasp the difference between superhero universes, so this is a cool way to get them thinking about the differences between their favourite heroes. I used coloured printer paper (red for Marvel, blue for DC)… Read More Marvel vs. DC Graphic Novel Display
Since my first Flow Chart Display at the Clemens Mill branch of the Idea Exchange has been hanging on the wall for a couple months now, I thought it was about time to design a new one. Patrons stand in front of the wall, and answer a series of bright (and sometimes sassy!) questions about… Read More Interactive Readers’ Advisory: Try a New Type of Book Flow Chart
How Does My Brain Work?! You don’t have to peruse personality quiz websites very long to know that people are fascinated by themselves. Everyone, at some point, asks vital questions about who they are, why they are that way, and how their brain works. Good thing there are so many fascinating books on the topic of psychology… Read More Psychology Book Display: How Does My Brain Work?!
What I Read Winter is in full swing, which means many an afternoon spent curled up on the couch. We broke some horrifying temperature records in Kitchener-Waterloo this week, and I’ve been coping with a large pile of excellent novels. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson: Crazy, creative, disturbed, kept me up all… Read More What I Loved 9: Psychological Thrillers, Selma, Girl Talk
That awkward time between Valentine’s Day and Freedom To Read week is approaching…which means it’s time for a new display idea! This one’s got a pun, a bunch of snowmen having a snowball fight, and an unconventional way of selecting books. So you know it’ll be a hit. Plus from where I’m stationed in Southwestern… Read More “Got a Case of the Winter Blues?” Library Display
What I Read Quirk by Hannah Holmes. Ever since finishing my degrees, I’ll admit it, I’ve (kind of) missed studying. I’ve missed pouring my energy and brain power into learning new things and bettering myself. Sure I do that on the job, and in my spare time, but it hasn’t really felt the same. Until… Read More What I Loved This Month #8: Personality Theory, Die Cutter, Donuts, and Dance Parties!
Still looking for a Valentines Day display? It’s not too late to put together a Blind Date With a Book display! I’ve seen variations of this display, and absolutely love the effect. A patron looking at a wall full of appeal factors has a more interesting decision to make than a patron looking at a… Read More Blind Date With a Book – Tips and Tricks