Friday, February 12, 2016

Introducing Spoilers, Sweetie!

We are excited to announce the launching of our spin-off blog, Spoilers, Sweetie!

Back in December, we wrote a blog post talking about a crazy idea we had: writing spoilers for award winning books. We were excited about the possibility, but we needed people - LOTS of people - to help us read and spoil books to make this happen. 

I am proud to say that the librarian community has stepped up and joined us. Over the past two months, everyone has been hard at work reading and writing spoilers. While they were doing that, I was trying to find a way to add this new segment to our blog. It soon became clear, though, what we were doing was bigger than what we could do here. So, we created a new blog dedicated specifically to spoilers.

So, please say hello to! (You can also get to it via the tab up top, on the desktop version of our website.)

It is much different than our 5minlib setup. We wanted the awards to be the focus, so we choose a flipcard style to make it easy for you to navigate through it and find the awards that fit the audience you are serving.

If you prefer to search by age group, announcement years, or specific awards, you can easily do so by clicking "By Category".

And when you click the flipcard to go to the blog post, you'll be pleased to know that all spoilers are hidden by a grey box, so you won't accidentally see any spoiler you don't want to read! You must click on the box for the reveal:

We will be posting new spoilers as each award is completed. If you don't want to miss a post, make sure to follow us by email or RSS feed, located on the right side of the blog.

We are covering all awards for all age groups, but we can only post the awards for which people are writing spoilers. If you enjoy reading and/or find these spoilers helpful, please consider joining our Spoilers, Sweetie team! As you can see from the Book Awards Calendar we shared two weeks ago, there are many books to spoil!

Join our Spoilers, Sweetie Team!

If you are interested in joining our Spoilers, Sweetie team, please fill out the form. You will get to choose what book you want to read and you'll have 4 weeks to read the book and submit the spoiler. It is that easy! Since we are giving everyone a month to submit, progress is slow. The more people participating, the more spoilers we can share! We especially need adult literature readers.

Special Thank Yous

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention a few people who were invaluable to getting this new blog off the ground. I can come up with the ideas, but without these people, Spoilers, Sweetie! wouldn't have become a reality. So, thank you to my husband, who is the technical genius behind our new blog. He helped me figure out how to modify it to fit our needs, most especially how to cover the spoilers so no one accidentally reads the wrong description. I also must share a shout-out to Kat, my former colleague and fellow 5minlib writer. She knew from day one we probably would need a new blog and was my sounding board to figure out the design. I am also excited to announce that Tegan, Amanda, and Nathalia has join our Spoilers, Sweetie Staff and will be a huge help with keeping the process moving along. I couldn't do this without any of you. Thank you so much!

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