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Friday, August 6, 2010

Summertime Fun in Durand

They've been having fun in Durand this summer, learning and creating, reading and playing all about water. In this picture, presenters from Beaver Creek came to talk about invasive species and how kids can help keep waterways clean.

Storytime was also a big success, with plenty of time for puppets, books, and learning about water:

Please send in your photos and stories about your SLP programs (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us)! And remember you can come share about them in person at the Idea Swaps: August 20 in Prescott and September 15 in Hawkins! Register by sending an email to registration@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Most popular series for teens right now...

Using the data from the unscientific poll of IFLS and PUBYAC librarians AND the more-scientific information from a list of series with books that have multiple holds on the MORE system, I have compiled a list of popular series for teens. There are many more titles with multiple holds in this group!

*#1 Twilight Saga
by Stephenie Meyer
9 votes (some didn't think of this as a series because it isn't ongoing)

#2 House of Night
by P.C. Cast
6 votes

*#3 Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
6 votes (some didn't think of this as a series because it is a trilogy only)

*#4 Ranger's Apprentice
by John Flannagan
5 votes

#5 Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare
5 votes

*#6 Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz, 4 votes
#7 Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar, 4 votes
*#8 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, 3 votes
#9 Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, 3 votes
#9 Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, 3 votes
#11 Pretty Little Liars, 2 votes (but this series had the most holds on titles of any listed)

Receiving 2 votes:
*Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
*Clique by Lisi Harrison
*Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Bone by Jeff Smith
Carter House Girls by Melody Carlson
Diary of a Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Tayaka
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
On the Runway by Melody Carlson
Pendragon by D.J. MacHale
Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Receiving 1 vote, but also large number of holds:
*Daniel X by James Patterson
*Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
*Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
*Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
*Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri
*Gone by Michael Grant

Receiving no votes, but large number of holds:
*Airhead by Meg Cabot
*Chronicles of Nick (Dark Hunter) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
*Darkest Powers by Kelly Armstrong
*Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

*These series had between 11 and 240 holds placed on titles in the MORE system

Most popular series for kids right now...

After an unscientific poll of librarians in IFLS-land and on PUBYAC, I came up with a list of the current most-popular series for kids and teens. I was looking for the older-than-picturebook crowd, and I got an amazing array of suggestions. I compared this with a list of materials that have multiple holds in our system (thanks Lori!), and compiled the following list.

Here's the kids' list:

#1: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
by Rick Riordan
18 votes

#2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
16 votes

#3: 39 Clues
various authors
15 votes

**#4 Warriors by Erin Hunter, 10 votes
#5 Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, 10 votes
#6 Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton, 7 votes
#6 Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park, 7 votes
#6 Star Wars (anything! including graphic novels), 7 votes
#9 Fairies and Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows, 6 votes
**#10 Red Pyramid/Cane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, 4 votes
#11 Babymouse by Jennifer Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, 4 votes
#11 Beast Quest by Adam Blade, illustrated by Ezra Tucker, 4 votes
#11 Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, 4 votes
#11 Seekers by Erin Hunter, 4 votes
#15 Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz, 3 votes
#15 Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo, 3 votes
#15 Guardians of Ga'hoole by Kathryn Lasky, 3 votes
#15 Magyk (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage, 3 votes
**#19 Pokeman, various authors, 2 votes

** These series had books with multiple holds on the MORE catalog

There were several other titles that received one or two votes, if you want the complete list, please contact me. I'll try to remember to update this list again in 6 months--it will be interesting to see how it changes!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pssst...Pass it on!

If you work with teachers or school librarians who are in easy driving distance to Eau Claire, please pass on this information to them--they will be happy to know about it. Thanks to Jill at the library in Eau Claire for tipping us off!

Did you know that the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has a diecut machine
and over 200 dies for you to use? Just bring your own paper any time the
library is open, and you can cut letters and shapes and make a bulletin board in
just minutes!

Need a jump start on bulletin board ideas? Please join us for Project Night on Thursday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. We will have many examples of bulletin boards to inspire you, and will provide materials for several sample projects. But the sky’s the limit! Bring additional materials and you could complete all the displays you need for your classroom in one night! Registration is required as space is limited for this event.

To register, please call 715-839-5007, email us at ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us, or
stop by the Youth Services Desk at the Public Library.