Veterans Day Display Idea for Libraries

Many thanks to Darcus Smith, of Metropolitan Library System's Edmond Library in Oklahoma, who shares a successful idea for honoring military veterans on Veterans Day:

Last winter we had an awesome three-tier display for Veterans Day (November 11th) that featured books about all branches of the military. In addition, we invited our library patrons to write the names of their loved ones who had served in the military on white stars, so others could read their names. 

The picture here is an early shot, but as word spread, the tiers were full and it became a huge, beautiful display of white stars. This idea could also be adapted for Memorial Day - there's so much that can be done in remembrance of our veterans.



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Banned Books in the USA - Infographic

September 23rd is the start of Banned Books Week, an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books and highlights persecuted individuals. Last year's top ten banned titles consisted mainly of titles written for children and teens that address sex and gender, and two adult titles read in schools: The Kite Runner and To Kill a Mockingbird.

In honor of Banned Books Week, here's part of an interesting infographic of the top banned books in different genres, the reasons why they've been banned in the past, and interesting facts and stats. You can see the full infographic at Invaluable.

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Ways to Maximize Your Library's Welcome Kit

Memorial Hall LibraryDean Baumeister at Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Massachusetts talks about ways to maximize a library's welcome kit.

Hello Dean! Please tell us about Memorial Hall Library's welcome kit; I'm curious to hear what you include.
While welcome kits certainly aren't unique to MHL, we do a few things that other libraries might enjoy knowing about. We include a library-branded tote bag - either green or blue - with each kit. These are generously paid for by our Friends of Memorial Hall Library group. New patrons often react quite positively when being given a bag for their books, and they sometimes request more information about services highlighted in our kits.

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Anythink Libraries' Shakespeare Society: Pizza and a Play

In the first of a new series of posts that feature librarians' successful ideas and creative solutions, Katharine Phenix from Anythink Libraries in Colorado tells us about "Shakespeare Society: Pizza and a Play," a popular program that has been running strong for six years!

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5 Ways Librarians Can Tell Patrons About Library Resources

Connecting patrons with library resources

Your library works hard to procure the very best resources possible. But do your patrons utilize them? Do they even know what's available?

Here are five suggestions for ways to connect your patrons to all the information, education and entertainment that your library provides, with a particular eye to the electronic resources available through your website:



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BookBrowse Wins Gold in the Modern Library Awards

Awards LogoWe are delighted to share some great news: BookBrowse has been awarded Gold in the inaugural Modern Library Awards!

Created by LibraryWorks and judged by librarians, the MLAs recognize the top products in the library industry. BookBrowse has been recognized as being an invaluable resource for libraries, providing the many great features that you have come to love: Exceptional reviews of the latest books, 'beyond the book' articles, recommendations by genre and theme, read-alikes, and resources for book clubs.

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