bookweek-for-beginners - home INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2014 Theme: Inspiring Change International Women's Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women's advancement. Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Some groups select their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their local context. The United Nations declares an annual theme: What's your International Women's Day 2014 theme? Please let us know your 2014 International Women's Day theme by clicking here.
Library Book Display Ideas Library users are often overwhelmed trying to choose from the huge selection of books filling the shelves. Libraries that feature books in displays help overcome that problem. The potential reader has a manageable selection to browse through. I spent fifteen years of my library career in Baltimore County Public Library. There was a heavy emphasis on merchandising the collection. Merchandising and displaying the library's collection is not a frill. (photo taken by Virginia Allain at Longmeadow Library) Bright Idea by Maria_K_Bell Libraries need to keep their book displays fresh to capture the attention of library patrons. Fresh book displays each month lure library patrons into reading topics and authors that they might otherwise overlook. The holidays give a natural batch of topics for displays, but keep in mind other holidays besides Christmas. Show off your successful library displays here. LIBRARY by SchoolAids Check out the display ideas for Banned Books Week.
Library Displays | Awesome Ideas to Boost Book Appeal Comic Con Program Series at the Main Library Whether you’re into anime or zombies, Superman or Star Wars, comic book fans won’t want to miss the Main Library’s first Comic Con on Sunday, May 5 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Comic Con This four-hour program will feature a panel discussion with writers and illustrators working in the field, free comic books (in celebration of Free Comic Book Day), a comic book swap, artist and writer’s booths, the opportunity to take pictures with your favorite comic book/movie characters (Stormtroopers, Mandalorian Mercs, X-Men characters and more!), and the Comic Con Drawing Contest award ceremony. When: 1:00-5:00 p.m., May 5 Where: Atrium, Main Library This program is for all ages. Panel Participants Image copyright Hasbro Moderator Jeff Seuss (Local author: Animaniacs (no. 46), winner of the Strange New Worlds writing competition, short stories in Strange New Worlds IV, Mon Coeur Mort, and Torn Realities) David Michael Beck (Local illustrator: Star Wars, Jonah Hex, Justice League of America, etc.) Thanks to…
About — The Book to Art Club The goal of the Book to Art Club is to find hands-on, creative ways to engage with literature – where the process of art-making is more important than the product! How the Book to Art Club works: The Book to Art Club is a book + art-making club that exists virtually and in-person at libraries around the world. Host your own Book to Art Club. Brought to you by the Library as Incubator Project. Finding Library Futures, 4: Delivering the Literacy Smackdown – Big Box Battle | The Signal in Transition Big Box Battle monsters pose in their cardboard city Last time on the blog we were discussing Parkes Shire’s time travel roleplay activity for schools, Time Travel Detectives. In it, a time portal had been opened from a polluted future Earth. Insidious, bug-like creatures were trying to cross timelines and usurp the present, but Parkes kids were able to go after them and capture them in specimen jars… In the follow-up school holiday activity, ‘Big Box Battle’, another time portal presented a rather bigger challenge. Big Box Battle found inspiration in the Hollywood movie Pacific Rim. Once again, this was a mixed age range activity, with participants ranging from seven years old to seventeen. Big Box Battle began with a two-day monster making workshop for local teens. Some of the designs drew on local traditions of rustbelt art – such as the “Waste to Art” Elvis who poses on a Parkes roadside, taking a chainsaw to a logpile. After lunch came the battle itself! Like this: Like Loading...
Sale of book-themed benches raises £250,000 for reading charity A sale of “book benches”, designed to illustrate classics of London literature, has raised more than £250,000 for a reading charity. The 50 brightly coloured benches have been scattered around the capital over the summer in the Books about Town project, a collaboration between public art impresarios Wild in Art and the National Literacy Trust, to celebrate London’s literary history while raising money for the NLT’s work to improve literacy in the UK. At Tuesday’s auction, conducted by Sotheby’s at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank, the top price of £9,500 was commanded by a Jeeves and Wooster bench, featuring the legs of a presumably legless Bertie stretched out on the croquet lawn at Blandings castle, beside his upturned cocktail glass. A bench dedicated to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, as chosen by a vote of Guardian readers and designed by Chris Riddell, made £5,000. The Paddington bear bench, painted by Michelle Heron, was also the scene of a successful proposal.
A List of Book-Related Special Days for Kids A List of Book-Related Special Days for Kids by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com I know my Teacher Librarian friends look for one list of special days worthy of celebration in the library, or indeed across the school. I know many parents who love to celebrate book-related days as a way of constantly keeping the family focus on books. So here’s my gift to you all! This is an international list, meaning I’ve included special days celebrated world-wide like International Literacy Day, as well as country-specific days. Please tell me if you know any other important book-related days that fit my criteria.
the events manager | 500 Hats Whoever thought being a teacher librarian would encompass being an events manager? Staid, middle-aged women guarding and counting the books in the the twilight of their careers having such a glamorous title goes right against the stereotype! But in fact, it’s one of the most important roles we can have if we are to get out students to be readers. We all know the competition that we have from other media for occupying children’s leisure time and while, in the past, the “passive” activity of reading only had to compete with the more passive activity of television viewing, especially after dark when outside play and sport was no longer an option, now there is the interactivity of computer games and other screen-based activities to compete with. If our students are going to be readers they need to see it not only as a valid, valuable and valued use of their spare time but they also need to see it as fun! Something they want to do rather than something they have to do. special events
12 Insta Easy Instagram Library & Literacy Promotion Ideas What’s the point of Instagram and why should you spend your precious time and money on it? Well, don’t worry about the cost, because it’s FREE! So, all you really need is creativity and a few minutes a day to make meaningful, fun, and lasting connections with your community. And with Instagram you get a twofer! But to be truly effective with those connections using social media, your graphics, caption copy-writing, conversation, and photography skills should strive to be, positive, professional, and on point. Shelfies – The easiest way to share on Instagram is taking the humble shelfie. But most of my teens love to show off their latest book, and even tag themselves in the picture! Using both Instagram stills and up to 60 seconds of video you can easily create engaging book promotions or mini book advertisements using Instagram. Video book promotions can be staged as mini-commercials, trailers, or as book talks. Post-It-Book Reviews Is it ever too early for #bookface? #BookDropLife
February Social Media Content for Libraries Is leveling up your library's social media game one of your New Year's resolutions? One of the best ways to engage followers to is to provide a consistent stream of fun/useful content. Understanding that libraries don't always have the time to generate all of the content they'd like, we're here to help! Below you will find daily posts, all under Twitter’s 280-character limit, that you can copy/paste at your leisure, each linking to a Topic Page, which, for Credo Online Reference Services subscribers can be a gateway to all kinds of e-resources.This content is free for the taking, no character-eating attribution to us necessary! PS: The images below are all in the public domain. 1 FebruaryLets all raise a magnifying glass to cheers the Oxford Dictionary, which debuted this day in 1884! 2 FebruaryReady for the big game Sunday? 5 FebruaryThe forecast for National Weatherperson's Day is scholarly with a chance of Topic Pages:
We Increased Summer Reading Participation by a Whopping 97 Percent! Here Are the Four Easy Changes that Worked. – Super Library Marketing: All kinds of marketing ideas for all kinds of libraries. A summer reading program is the cornerstone event of the year for most public libraries. But in my conversations with other library marketers, there is a central worry: slipping participation numbers. Our summer programs compete so many other things: camps and vacations, transportation issues and poverty-related issues. We struggled with summer reading participation at my library. Between 2013 and 2017, our registration and check-in numbers steadily declined. In 2017 and 2018, we made some changes that not only stopped that decline in participation, but actually reversed it–in a big way. The changes we made were not revolutionary. These changes were all suggested by our planning committee so I take no credit for coming up with them. Drop the library card requirement. Of course, at registration and check-in, our front-line library staff still suggest that those participants get a card. Add experiences to your participation elements. We created themes for each week of our summer program.