Friday, May 19, 2017

Ready to Go Book Display: Disney

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. Here are some books for Disney fans.

Recommendations for Adults:

 
Thousands of entries and hundreds of photographs combine to provide a comprehensive reference to the world of Disney, providing coverage of the history of Disney, park attractions, television shows, songs, animated features and shorts, and films.

 
 
Collects historical maps of the Disney Parks produced for diverse purposes, from the opening of Disneyland in 1955 through to maps of today from its parks, including its most recent in Shanghai.

 
 
Presents miscellaneous trivia, in a question and answer format, about Disney films, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney, and other related topics.



They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age by Didier Ghez (Sept 2015)
As the Walt Disney Studio entered its first decade and embarked on some of the most ambitious animated films of all time, Disney hired a group of "concept artists" whose sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. This book showcases four of these early pioneers and features artwork developed by them for the Disney



Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Daniel Handke (Sept 2012)
From the first art that proclaimed that Guests could have a "true-life adventure" on the Jungle Cruise to the poster announcing the grand opening of Cars Land in Disneyland, this book showcases the eye-catching art of Disney posters.


 
The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World by Kevin and Susan Neary (June 2016)
Throughout Disney you can find Hidden Mickeys - artistic representations of Mickey intentionally hidden throughout the design of the parks and resorts. This guide showcases some of the best and helps you to spot your own on your next visit. Also check out The Hidden Mickeys of Disneyland.



Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil by Jen Darcy (Jul 2016)
For decades, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios animated features have offered up some of the most iconic and malevolent villains. This book showcases rare concept art and photographs and explores the villains' creative origins, roles within the stories, and influences on and within pop-culture.



The Art of Minnie Mouse (Sept 2016)
In The Art of Minnie Mouse, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world reimagine their favorite Minnie styles and portray them in a variety of mediums.
 



Recommendations for Teens:
 
 
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell (Sept 2015)
What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This series of Twisted Tales gives the reader a whole new look at beloved classics with a twist. This series includes Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty) and As Old As Time (Beauty and the Beast).
 
 

Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Library by Brittany Rubiano (Jan 2017)
Belle's journal of quotes from her favorite books includes her notes on each quote.



The Art of Disney's Dragons by Tom Bancroft (Jun 2016)
The Walt Disney Company has had a long-standing fascination with dragons, and this book - conceived as a sketchbook handed down through generations of Disney artists - chronicles the impact that dragons have had on Disney films, parks, and resorts.
 


Recommendations for Children:



Flounder Loves Ariel by Cynthia Liu (Dec 2016)
This padded board book shows the friendship between Ariel and Flounder. Be sure to check out Gus Loves Cinderella as well!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart (Apr 2009)
Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic.
 
 
 
Tales from the Haunted Mansion by John Esposito (Jul 2016)
Presents the terrifying tales of the Fearsome Foursome (Willa, Tim, Noah, Steve), four kids who try to out-scare each other. Their spooky stories are told by the fictional character, Amicus Arcane, the librarian of the haunted mansion. The second book in this series, Midnight at Madame Leota's, comes out July 2017.
 
 

In this book, Mike Wall's original illustrations accompany the lyrics of the beloved song, and together they navigate readers through the firelit waters of the pirate-infested Caribbean. The included CD features "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)". You should also look for Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion and Disney's It's A Small World.
 
 
 
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (Sep 2009)
Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holograms to be guides for visitors to Disney World. When Finn is unexpectedly transported to the Magic Kingdom in his hologram form, Wayne, an Imagineer, tells him that he and the other guides must save the park from the scheming witch Maleficent and the Overtakers.
 
 
 
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentio (Aug 2009)
Examines the life of Snow White's stepmother, the Wicked Queen, to find out just what it is that makes her so evil that she would want to cut out her teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered in a locked keepsake box. Also go behind the scenes with The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince and Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch.
 
 
 
The Disney Princess Cookbook by Cynthia Littlefield (Oct 2013)
Collects kid-friendly recipes inspired by the adventures of favorite Disney princesses and provides step-by-step instructions and helpful cooking tips for preparing such options as Rapunzel's Frying Pan Eggs and Ariel's Sea Turtle Cupcakes.
 
 
 
Moana Hairstyles & Looks by Cindy Littlefield (Oct 2016)
Shares instructions for hairstyles and crafts related to the Disney film Moana. Other titles in this series includes Frozen Hairstyles, Frozen Fever Hairstyles, Disney Princess Hairstyles, Disney Villains Hairstyles and Looks, and Frozen Amazing Hairstyle Tricks.
 
 
 

Learn to Draw Disney's Classic Animated Movies: Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Jan 2017)
Together these book features step-by-step drawing instructions with characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, The Fox and the Hounds, Bambi, Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats, and Dumbo.
 
 
 
Belle's Discovery (Jan 2017)
Before she met the beast, Belle was a young girl. At age 7, Belle is happy living at home with her father but at school she feels like an outsider, but things change when she discovers a run-down bookshop. Be sure to check out the other books in the Disney Princess Beginnings series: Cinderella Takes the Stage and Ariel Makes Waves. Coming Sept 2017 is Jasmine's New Rules.
 
 
 
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz (May 2015)
Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, the teenaged children of Disney's most evil villains search for a dragon's eye - the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Twitter 101 for Professional Development

Thinking of joining Twitter? It is one of my favorite places for professional development. Today, we're going to highlight five ways to get the most out of your Twitter account.



1. Twitter Chats


Every day of the week, there are library chats that you can participate! Easy Bib has a great list, so I will link to that here (https://magic.piktochart.com/output/2617218-library-twitter-chats-2) but you can find any chat from YA Librarianship (#readYAlit) to the Public Librarian Chat (#publibchat) to I Need a Librarian Job Chat (#INALJchat).

2. Connect via Hashtags


One great way to find other librarians is to use and search on the common hashtags:
#Librarylife
#FridayReads
#Saturdaylibrarian
#Sundaylibrarian
#NightLibrarian
#RefDesk
#LibrarianProblems
#CollectionDevelopment
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
#ReadAdv


3. Learn More from Conferences


Many conferences these days will have a hashtag (i.e., #ALAAC17). You can use that hashtag to share the great tidbits you are learning in your session and you can find what is going on in other sessions. It is a fun way to get more out of a conference, especially if you were unable to attend.

4. Follow Organizations, Publishers, Authors

What resources does your library use? See if they are on Twitter and follow them for news and updates. For example, Overdrive will share lots of content that you can reshare on your library account. Publishers will share arcs and exciting author news. If any of these are cluttering up your newsfeed with information you don't find relevant, unfollow them but add them to a Twitter List that you can check when you want updates.

Great places to follow:

5. Follow Your Favorite Bloggers

Don't forget to check out your favorite bloggers, too. One of the hardest things for me, when I first started on Twitter, was to respond to strangers I never met face-to-face. But to get the most out of your account, don't be afraid to like and comment. People want to connect -- that's why we're all tweeting.

A few bloggers we highly recommend following:
TeenLibrarianToolbox @TLT16
Naomi Bates @yabooksandmore
Becky Spratford @RAforAll
J Burke-TheInfoHound @theinfohound
Angela Hursh @webmastergirl

And we love following our readers, so don't forget to check us out, too: @5minlib


Have any additional tips? Please share in the comments!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Summer Reading Scratchies - Some New Ideas

Jess has written about using Scratch Tickets for Teen Summer Reading in the past (and her idea actually got picked up by School Library Journal!), but I (Kat) am here to write a little bit about how I've used this in my own libraries, with a few variations on Jess's brilliant theme.

If you read the article we linked above, you will see how Jess set things up. In a library of that size (over 35,000 people in her town!) it was phenomenal. In my town, it was a little bit too much. I scaled back a lot, and it worked well for me.

The Basics

If you're new to the idea of Summer Reading Scratch Tickets, here's the basic idea:
Instead of trying to get teens to sign up for things, you hand out homemade scratch tickets (I usually call them "scratchies") to anyone in grades 6-12. Teens will scratch off their ticket and either instantly win a prize, or write their name on a non-winning ticket and be entered to win a big raffle prize at the end of the summer. Participants must write their name on the ticket to claim their prize or enter the raffle, so you have a count of how many people participated right there, without having to get the teens to sign up for something (which, in my experience, they don't want to).

How I Changed It

Jess had categories of tickets; one prize could only be won by checking out a nonfiction book; another was for graphic novels. I had one ticket. Check out *something* and you get a scratchie - one per person, per day. Want to try again to win that prize you have your eye on? Come back tomorrow and you can get another ticket! I am also planning for this summer to give out a ticket to any teens that come to programs.

There's a whole tutorial in our other article about how to paint the stickers so you can scratch them off. I was lazy busy and bought a roll of 1,000 scratchable stickers from Amazon.

3/4 of the tickets I made were instant winners. These were split fairly evenly between candy, gift cards to local places (free ice cream cones and mini golf games), and a choice of selection from the prize box (summer reading incentives, like water bottles, tote bags, phone chargers, and the like). I also made specific tickets for random medium-sized prizes (such as a 5 pound gummy bear, and some of the nicer donated gift cards). You had to scratch the ticket that said "Winner! Giant Gummy Bear!" to win that specific prize. It kept some of the kids coming back time and again because they really wanted something.

1/4 of the tickets said, "Sorry, not a winner!" and were used to pull the end-of-summer Grand Prize winners.

Making the Tickets

Jess made a template that has served us well (right-click to save!); if you print it in grayscale on colored cardstock, it looks amazing, and the circles are where you type in what the prize is (or, "Sorry! Not a winner!"). The circles can be covered up by the 1" round scratch stickers that I linked above.

Originally, the square on the right was for the category - ficiton, nonfiction, graphic novel, etc. I used it to put the name and address of my library.  The blank space in the middle is where you write NAME:  PHONE:  EMAIL:  and/or whatever disclaimer information you want to make sure is on each ticket.

Last summer, mine looked like this:


Gorgeous!


Prize Ideas

As for prizes: can I just say, Cape Cod is amazing? Since it's a vacation wonderland, there are touristy-type things *everywhere.* I sent out a letter requesting donations to various local businesses, and got a flotilla of coupons for free mini golf games, free ice cream cones, free bowling games, free arcade tokens, and gift cards for restaurants and other local attractions. The local candy store gave us a huge reusable bag full of boxes of candy (and nicely told us to "come on back when you want more!") We went through a lot of prizes, but we got a lot of really wonderful feedback.

The grand prizes I made were gift bags including a lot of the summer reading incentives, some candy, and $25 gift cards to Amazon.com. They were very popular.

I'm in a different library this year, without the vast abundance of places to get free stuff. I am still planning on candy and incentives, and am sniffing around for places to get coupons for ice cream cones and such. I'm planning to ask my new T.A.B. (once they start meeting in a couple weeks) to help me pick the grand prizes - but probably gift cards again, because everyone loves a gift card.

How It Went

Teen Summer Reading 2015: 4 teens.
Teen Summer Reading 2016: 86 teens.
My friends, this is an increase of almost 2,000%. (I felt like a library rockstar.)
The adults wanted scratch tickets. The kids wanted scratch tickets. Teens I've never seen before came out of the woodwork and got scratch tickets. SCRATCHIES FOR THE WIN!

I know this idea has really taken off in the last few years, and we would love to hear your variations. Did you like it? Did it work for you? What did you do differently? Tell us in the comments here, on our Facebook page, or via Twitter.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Ultimate List of Nontraditional Items You Can Check Out From Libraries


Over the years, libraries have collected unusual items that they have allowed patrons to check out. In some places, they are designated in special categories like the Library of Things. In other places, these items may only be mentioned in the catalog. We here at the 5 Minute Librarian were really curious what everyone was circulating and did an extensive search to see what was out there. Every item is linked back to one library, though many (like cake pans) are located in many libraries.



For the curious and for those considering adding something to your own collection, we present to you the ultimate list of nontraditional items! And if we missed anything, please let us know in the comments and include the library URL, too.

Cooking

  1. Cake Pans
  2. Cookie Cutters
  3. Cake Decorating Accessories
  4. Dehydrator

Crafting

Entertainment

Hobbies

  1. Fishing Poles and tackle boxes
  2. Life Jackets
  3. Knitting Needles
  4. Yarn Winder
  5. Sewing Machines
  6. Tent and camp stove
  7. DJ and music production equipment
  8. Snowshoes

Home/Lawn Care

  1. Kill-A-Watt electricity usage
  2. Weed Wackers (and Heavy Duty Extension Cords to use them!)
  3. Water Saver Usage Meter
  4. Sunlight Calculator
  5. Drain Snakes
  6. Demolition Hammers
  7. Saws
  8. Tools and more Tools

Instruments

Kids

Technology

  1. DVD/VCR Player and Recorder
  2. Wi-Fi Hotspots
  3. Fitbit
  4. Label Maker
  5. iRobot Roomba
  6. Garmin GPS
  7. Smartphone Video Stabilizer
  8. Clip-On Universal Smartphone Lenses
  9. Binaural Field Recording Kit
  10. Portable Scanner
  11. Curve 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna
  12. Solar Pack
  13. LED Projector
  14. Portable Desktop Screen

Miscellaneous

  1. Prom Dresses
  2. Blood pressure cuffs
  3. Bike locks

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ready to Go Book Display: Wonder Woman

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. See her new movie in theaters on June 2nd and celebrate Wonder Woman Day on June 3, 2017.



Recommendations for Adults and Teens:
 
  
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (Oct 2016)
A Princess Diana unlike any we've seen before. As a child, she is spoiled and free to exert her will without restraint -- until her selfishness leads to tragic results. Before she can become a hero, she will first have to find redemption.

 
 
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (Jul 2014)
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

 
 
Wonder Woman, A Celebration of 75 Years by William Moulton Marston (Oct 2016)
Celebrate over seven decades of the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman, from early years as one of the first female superheroes in the comics industry to today.
 
 
This volume brings together the biggest and greatest battles and moments in Wonder Woman's history as a DC Comics superhero.


 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Aug 2017)
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law - risking exile - to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.


 
Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling (May 2017)
This book showcases the earliest concept art, set and costume designs, sketches and storyboards, as well as delving into the filmmaking process, from creating the stunning island of Themyscira to the war-torn trenches and towns of First World War Europe.


 
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Rebirth) by Greg Rucka (Feb 2017)
In order to solve the riddle of her orgin, Diana must embark on her greatest quest of all: finding a way back to her vanished home. To get there, she must team up with her greatest enemy, the feral beast-woman, Cheetah.
 

 
The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins by Renae De Liz (Dec 2016)
When a man from the outside world is brought to Themscira as part of a conspiracy to overthrow its queen, Diana will risk everything to save his innocent life... and lose everything in the process.


 
Superman/Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule (Mar 2015)
The first in a series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy.
 


Recommendations for Children:


 

This board book introduces Wonder Woman and some of her superhero friends, including Batgirl and Supergirl.
 
 
 
Wonder Woman Origami by John Montroll (Aug 2015)
This book provides instructions and diagrams for folding origami models of characters, objects, and symbols related to Wonder Woman.
 
 
  
My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg (Oct 2014)
Meet super heroines Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Black Canary and more.
 
 
 
Flower Power! by Country Carbone (Jan 2014)
Wonder Woman and Batgirl team up to stop Poison Ivy.
 
 
Wonder Woman ABCs by Benjamin Bird (Aug 2014)
Learn the alphabet with Wonder Woman. Also check out Wonder Woman: A Word Adventure by Donald B. Lemke.
 
 
 
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior by Steven Korte (Feb 2016)
A biography profiling the Amazon princess details how she became a superhero protector of humanity, discusses the abilities she uses to fight for justice and provides a timeline of major events in the character's life.
 
 
 
Wonder Woman: An Origin Story by John Sazaklis (Mar 2015)
Born an Amazon princess on the island of Themscira, Diana leaves the island to become Wonder Woman, defender of Earth.
 
 
 
Wonder Woman to the Rescue! by Courtney Carbone (Jan 2016)
Introduces Wonder Woman, an Amazon gifted with powers from the gods to fight evil and save the day.
 
 
 
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee (Mar 2016)
Wonder Woman's desire to become a superhero takes her to Super Hero High, where she juggles new friendships, intensive training, and a roommate obsessed with social media.
 
 
 
Be a Star, Wonder Woman! by Michael Dahl (Jun 2017)
As a new day dawns, a young girl faces the ultimate challenge: school! Follow along as she demonstrates her greatest superpower (sharing), overcomes her worst fear (the playground), and conquers her archenemy (the spelling test).
 

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why I Play My Ukulele At Storytime

Librarians with ukuleles - it's a craze! When I mentioned at a job interview that I play an instrument, the Director interviewing me said, "let me guess: ukulele." Who knew?

There's a reason for this: they're fun, easy to learn, and add a little extra zing to your storytimes. (Also: George Harrison's favorite instrument was the ukulele, and if it's good enough for a Beatle, it's good enough for me.)

My Story

A few years ago, my library started circulating some unusual items, including a telescope, American Girl dolls, and two ukuleles (complete with tuners and how-to books). I checked one out and had so much fun that I ended up buying my own, and have been promising myself that I would play it at storytime. I had the best of intentions, and every so often I would pick it up and start to learn a couple tunes, before neglecting to pick it up again for weeks at a time. (Note: You can't learn if you never practice.) When it came up in my Time Hop that I've had it for four years and still couldn't really play, I decided that it was time to take the plunge and really learn to use the thing.

I joined the Librarians with Ukes Facebook page, bought myself some how-to books, watched a lot of YouTube, and - yes, started playing at storytime. I'm loving it! Honestly - what took me so long?! Once you know a few chords, you can play tons of songs, and the kids love it! All it takes is a little practice.

Why It's Awesome

I try to play one song a week on the ukulele, and the kids always get really excited when they see me unzip the bag. The first few times, I made a point of saying how, "I'm just learning, so I might not be very good yet. That's okay, because you can't be good at everything right away, and I'm having fun, which is the important part." I quickly learned - they have no idea if I'm any good or not, but they don't care, because it's music!

Some of the first ukulele-playing librarians I met were Jessica Lamarre and Noelle Boc, who are both amazing librarians even without the music. Ms. Lamarre enjoys uke storytime because it "gives plenty of opportunities for audience participation." 

Some testimonials from other uke-brarians:

Ronda Kirkbridge commented, "I played because the kids loved it! The ukulele is such a happy sounding instrument and that translates back to my little ones as joyful, hand clapping, dancing, fun music!"

Susan Perry also commented, "The first time I brought a ukulele into storytime, I wasn't really very good, but at the first chord I strummed, I will never forget the faces of my storytime kids--their eyes went wide, their mouths dropped open and they were completely mesmerized. I knew then I'd found something special to add to my storytimes. That was about 2 years ago. Now I play 3-4 songs each week and the children are still totally enthralled by it."

I love this article on the ALSC blog, "Music and Libraries: A Magical Combination" by Tess Goldwasser. She explains exactly why she loves it, and the wonderful ways that music can transform a library. (I would paraphrase, but she did an excellent job writing, so please take a read.)  Ms. Goldwasser's article inspired many people, including Lisa Taylor, who wrote her own article in response.

How To Get Started

First, you need to buy yourself an instrument. I got mine at a local music store, but you can get them online from Amazon very inexpensively - some as low as $20. A super cheap instrument won't be the best quality out there, but it'll give you a chance to try your hand at playing without a huge investment.

Now that you have it, let's learn! There are some amazing YouTube tutorials out there! We particularly like:
Cynthia Lin's YouTube channel 
The Ukulele Teacher
Ukulele Cheats
Ukulele Storytime

I also use an app on my iPhone called "Yousician," which teaches ukulele, guitar, bass, and piano. It's free for 30 minutes of lessons a day, and you can get unlimited lessons for $9.99 a month. (No, they didn't pay me to say this. And I use the free lessons, anyway.) It listens to you play with the microphone in your phone, and lets you know if you're doing well or need more work. 

There are also lots of books that will help. The Hal Leonard books, like this one, are incredibly helpful. I also enjoy The Daily Ukulele, which even tells you at the top of each song which chords you will need.

Once you're comfortable with a few chords, be sure to check out the Storytime Ukulele Blog, written by April Ens, who posts classic (and new!) storytime songs with their chords. (Side note: I was actually going to mention this one before I found out she was a member of the Facebook ukulele group - April, you rock!)  GotAUkulele.com is also extremely helpful.

Librarian Melanie Ramsey recommends joining your local ukulele group. She was able to partner with the Allegheny Uke Club.

For inspiration, be sure not to miss Jake Shimabukuro's version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's amazing!

Special Thanks!


Special thanks to the members of the Librarians With Ukes Facebook group, especially Rhonda Kirkbridge, Tess Sparky Goldwasser, Lisa Taylor, Susan Perry, Jessica Lamarre, Deanie Michelle, April Ens, Kris Embry, and Melanie Ramsey.