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Friday, December 5, 2014

Need To Decorate? Use Kid's Art! guest post

Thanks to Valerie Spooner from Ladysmith/Rusk County for this guest post:

I've been trying to keep a make and take activity available, but last month I added a craft activity that I kept as a bulletin board.  I had the bulletin board set up to look like an empty cave when I put the materials out, with one bear that I made in the cave to show the kids where theirs would go.

To make the bears they traced circle templates onto construction paper, cut them out, glued the ears on, and drew a face. Then they put the bear faces in the cave.

This bulletin board is outside my office door, under the window, so it is at child height. The kids love to come and point out their bear faces every time they come to the library. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Guest Book Review: Beautiful Darkness

Thanks to Emily Eckstrand-Brummer, currently of Stanley and soon-to-be from Hibbing, MN for this guest book review!

Beautiful Darkness cover

Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët

I just HAD to share this awesome young adult graphic novel with my fellow librarians. Beautiful Darkness, originally published in French as Jolies Ténèbres, is a beautifully illustrated, creepy anti-fairy tale. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time judging what graphic novels will take off with young adults, and this one has been so popular with all of the teens, whether they are regular graphic novel readers or not. 

Beautiful Darkness begins when a young girl dies alone in the woods and all of the characters from the fairy tales and fantasies in her imagination are ejected out of her body and into the forest. As her body decomposes and the characters try to survive near her corpse in the woods, their true (and sometimes disturbing) personalities come out. NOT for the faint of heart!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Facebook Engagement for the Win!

Thanks to Kim Hennings from New Richmond for sharing this Facebook engagement idea:

"I thought I would let you know about a promotion we ran yesterday for "cyber Monday" on our facebook page.  I saw the idea on Pinterest to wrap up 25 gifts and let your child unwrap one a day until Christmas, so we gathered up 25 kids books that were donations in great shape or freebies from publishers, etc and wrapped them individually.  I posted the giveaway on facebook and we got a HUGE response.  We had just over 600 total library page "likes" yesterday and now we are at almost 700!"

Some of the (MANY) comments on the page:

Encouraging early literacy... what a kind and caring thing to do, especially during the holiday season. Thank You!
A "read-to-me" bonanza, and I have the perfect little people in mind for it!
Awesome! Love our library!