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Friday, January 30, 2015

Subject Access to Picture Books

Using Bins in Barron
Thanks to Patti from Barron for this guest post:

Barron is using a hybrid approach to shelving their children's collection, with several subject bins within our picture book area.  We decided about the first of the year to do this. We purchased refrigeration bins from Amazon (about 40 @ $19 each). What we like the most is that they are clear and have handles! 

A group decision on was made abut the "subjects" needed locally. While I looked at each picture book  (almost 4000) to determine where it would be better used, a coworker printed new spine labels. This took about 3 days. We did put some books into storage like "Christmas" because we had about 6 bins of Christmas books. When needed we will take them out of storage for circulation. So far we are having fun with the whole experience!

The top shelf are books we decided to keep without a particular subject. We decided to put the bins on the bottom for children to have easier access. Our labeling of the bins includes a graphic and subject. 

Note:  For more ideas about this topic, check out the archived webinar about Bloomer's process and results, presented by Kathy Larson.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tapping In To Cosplayers!

Anna in all her glory
Eau Claire just had a low-key Frozen Sing-along program on a school’s out day. The really special thing was that we had special guest Princess Anna attend the event. Princess Anna is UWEC student Misty Price. She and her cosplay group have numerous Disney princess costumes as well as others (including superheroes!). If you are interested in her group email daikon.cosplay@gmail.com. Misty was great with the kids and I highly recommend her!
Anna dispensing hugs

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Winners Are...

It's fun to see the list servs alive with results of library's Mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz (and other) Award Discussions.  It would be fun to do that sometime in our system, wouldn't it?  Maybe some day. In the meantime, someone posted a  Pinterest board with books that have been chosen for Mock Newbery Awards this year from around the country.  Has anyone tried this sort of activity with kids?  I'd love to hear about it, and I bet your colleagues would, too.The Real Awards will all be announced at 8 am on Monday, February 2 (one week from today).  If you are super-excited to find out, there is a live webcast of the press conference or follow I Love Libraries on Twitter and Facebook to be among the first to know the 2015 winners. The official hashtag for the 2015 Youth Media Awards is  #ALAyma.  

In the meantime, read up for the Reading Goals project!  January's category:  Picture Books!  I'm reading as many of the books from the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Charlotte Zolotow Award as possible in the next few days.  If you read a picture book (good or bad, new or old) by January 31, please take a minute to fill out this form so we can all benefit from your reading.  Book lists to follow in early February.

Here's the schedule for the whole year:

January:  Picture Books
February:  Realistic Fiction
March:  Humorous books
April:  Transitional chapter books (stand-alone)
May:  Fantasy
June:  Historical Fiction
July:  Readers' Choice
August:  Transitional chapter books (series)
September:  Diverse books
October:  Mystery/scary
November:  Science Fiction
December:  Nonfiction

Remember, you can read books for children or teens or both, graphic novels, nonfiction, diverse book--all fine to read for any of the months as long as they fit the theme!