Monday, May 18, 2020

A Note From Quarantine

Hello, friends.
I would like to apologize for not having written much (anything) for the last several weeks. Life has gotten away from me a bit, and all the topics that I was working on (the dying art of bulletin boards, programming ideas, etc.) no longer became relevant.
New content will resume shortly.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Podcast Reads

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. Check out these books on starting your own podcast or related to your favorite podcast.


Recommendations for Adults:

Limetown by Zack Akers (Nov 2018)

In this prequel to the popular fiction series podcast, a student journalist investigates what happened to the people of Limetown and uncovers a shocking secret that has spiraling ramifications for the town and her own family.


Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron (Oct 2017)

Here host, March Maron, has organized his guests' insightful revelations into 11 categories (like "Identity" or "Relationships.")


The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe (Oct 2019)

An Emmy Award winner presents a collection of transcripts from his favorite episodes from his popular short-form podcast The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations and insights.


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (Oct 2015)

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 


The Last Book on the Left by Ben Kissel (Apr 2020)

An equal parts haunting and hilarious deep-dive review of history's most notorious and cold-blooded serial killers, from the creators of the award-winning Last Podcast on the Left.


Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaundry (Aug 2016)

A full-length account of the story investigated by the award-winning Serial podcast draws on some 170 documents and letters to trace the experiences of Adnan Syed, who is 2000 was sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and who the author and other supporters are certain is innocent.


Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca (Nov 2019)

The popular television correspondent and writer presents an irreverent celebration of the dead people who made life worth living, chronicling the stories of less-remembered notables, from political families and sitcom characters to a forgotten Founding Father. 

Unexplained: Real-Life Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times by Richard MacLean Smith (Oct 2019)

An immersive and engaging exploration of the world's ten most mysterious and spooky stories of the unexplained. 

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (Oct 2017)

A book inspired by the popular podcast LORE - which tells the fascinating, and sometimes terrifying, true stories behind the myths and legends around the world.


Unqualified by Anna Faris (Oct 2017)

The popular actress and host of the hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat counsel on navigating the bizarre, chaotic and ultimate worthwhile challenges of finding love.



The Moth by Catherine Burns (Sep 2013)

In the tradition of book anthologies created from public radio programs such as StoryCorps and This I Believe, THE MOTH collects the best storytelling moments straight from their archive of more than 3000 shows since the first Moth Evening in 1997.


Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (May 2019)

A dual memoir by the hosts of the My Favorite Murder podcast share never-before-heard stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction, sharing insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates.

Recommendations for Teens:

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Mar 2018)

Now abridged for YA audiences, the book is a companion to the celebrated scientist's popular podcast.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Mar 2017)

A studious girl and a quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.


Sadie by Courtney Summers (Sep 2018)

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.

Recommendations for Kids: 

How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons by Shane Birley (Jun 2016)

Step-by-step illustrations and instructions outline 10 key steps for developing and promoting a new online blog, vlog or podcast, drawing on professional tips and practical techniques that cover everything from planning and identifying suitable content to staying safe online.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Mythology

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. This month we are showcasing mythology books in anticipation of the CSLP theme "Imagine Your Story."

Recommendations for Adults:

Mythology by Edith Hamilton (Jul 1942)
A collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology including eight genealogical tables.

The Mythology Book (May 2018)
In this installment to the Big Ideas series, 80 of the world's greatest myths and characters, from Greek gods to Norse heroes, and brought to life through engaging text and bold graphics, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures around the globe.

Myths in Minutes by Neil Philip (Nov 2017)
The world's great fables, sagas, and legends dramatically retold.

Circe by Madeline Miller (Apr 2018)
Follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Sep 2018)
Reimagines The Illiad from the perspectives of the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

Recommendations for Teens:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Feb 2017)
Presents a rendering the the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (Jun 2018)
Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.

Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner (Apr 2007)
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters by Emily Roberson (Oct 2019)
The daughter of a royal family becomes a leading contestant in a near-impossible reality TV competition alongside a gorgeous teammate only to find her ambitions complicated by her constant viewership and a criminalized monster's true nature.

Ithaka by Adele Geras (Jan 2005)
The island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband, as she patiently awaits the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War.

Olympians Series by George O'Connor
Retells in graphic novel format the stories from Greek mythology about the exploits of the young Zeus; Athena, goddess of wisdom; the heroes who sought and won Hera's patronage; Hades and Persephone; Poseidon, god of the seas; Aphrodite and more.

Recommendations for Kids: 

Myths and Legends of the World by Alli Brydon (Oct 2019)
Retells twenty-one myths and legends from around the world, including tales featuring gods and goddess, talking fish, and clever spiders.

Everything Mythology by B.A. Hoena and Adrienne Mayor (Mar 2014)
Introduces children to the gods of ancient worlds, including Greek, Norse, Chinese, American Indian, African cultures and more.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Jan 2020)
Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Mar 2018)
Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (May 2010)
After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Good Job, Athena! by Joan Holub (Mar 2016)
Athena can tie a bow better than anyone, but when Arachne tries to take credit for Athena's work, she is forced to admit that it was Athena who tied her bows.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Online Displays

In order to help librarians during the COVID-19 epidemic, I've decided to forgo the monthly Ready to Go Book Display and instead share with you some tips on online displays.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Highlight your collection. Right now it's especially important to highlight your digital collection that more people will be open to trying.

  • Use a template. It's fast and easy to change the color background of a template and insert a new image.

  • Use what you can. Many services offer premade social media graphics that you can use. Hoopla makes great banners that I add to my graphics.
  • Link to your resources. Make it easy for your patrons to access what you are promoting quickly and easily.
  • Add your logo so that people can identify your library.

  • Do the best you can! We are living in a world of uncertainty - try not to be too hard on yourself.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Fairy Tale Retellings

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. This month we are showcasing books fairy tale retellings in anticipation of the CSLP theme "Imagine Your Story."

Recommendations for Adults:

Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (Oct 2013)

A retelling of "Snow White" set in Renaissance Italy draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its enemies.

White Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell (Jun 2014)

A Gothic retelling of the real story behind the legend of Sleeping Beauty.

The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross (Feb 2019)

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the 17th century France in which Beast struggles to come to terms with his horrid behavior as a man, his years of savagery, and his hope of redemption.

An anthology of unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the traditional to the modern - giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Mar 2014)

A reimagining of the Snow White story recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag (Mar 2020)
Searching for each other after years of separation, five half-sisters, the daughters of a demon who would corrupt humanity, use their elemental powers to prepare for a gladiatorial match against their father's soldiers.

Recommendations for Teens:

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Sep 2014)

Free-verse poems juxtapose fairy tale elements against the life of a teen and explore the cruelty of judgment, pressure, and self-doubt while reflecting on how girls are taught to think about themselves, their friends, and their bodies.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Jan 2009)

A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (Nov 2019)

A powerful retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty set during the Holocaust.

Thorn by Intisar Khanani (Mar 2020)

A fantasy retelling of the "Goose Girl" fairy tale follows the experiences of a betrothed princess who is robbed of her identity by a mysterious sorceress before a threat against her betrothed prince compels her to make a dangerous choice.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Jan 2012)

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Recommendations for Children:

Beauty and the Beast: 3 Beloved Tales by Cari Meister (Aug 2016)

Retells the classic French fairy tale of the enchanted beast, and the maiden whose love rescues him, together with two similar tales from China and Switzerland.

The Mermaid by Jan Brett (Aug 2017)

Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus's breakfast, chair and bed just right.

Introduces the concept of point of view through Dame Gothel's retelling of the classic fairy tale "Rapunzel".

Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire (Aug 2004)

The author wreaks havoc on eight classic fairy tales, with a cast of characters including a dancing frog, a gorilla queen, and seven giant giraffes.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (Sep 2016)

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, the two band together to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.

Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood (Sep 2019)

A lively fairy tale set in the universe of Interstellar Cinderella, find space princess Lex embarking on a quest to break a curse that has removed all the books from her kingdom.

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Oct 2010)

If you think of fairy tales as nice, pretty little stories to bore children to sleep with, this book will make you think again.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (Oct 2005)

Taken out of foster care by a woman who claims to be their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are whisked away to Ferryport Landing, New York. There they learn that their ancestors, the famous Brothers Grimm, wrote not make-believe stories, but the histories of the Everafters - fairy-tale characters.