Friday, December 28, 2018

5minlib's Best Posts of 2018

As we say goodbye to 2018, we thought we'd highlight our top posts for the year!

100 Reasons Libraries are Better than Amazon
This guest post was originally posted on Twitter by @DrunkestLibrary. With permission, we shared his response to Forbes op-ed piece that was titled, "Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money.”

Literary Holidays to Celebrate All Year Long - 2018
Every year, Kat shares a post of all the literary holidays for the upcoming year. It is a fan favorite and she'll be posting an update next Friday for 2019!

Easy Staff Picks Displays
We know you don't have a lot of time in your busy library. So, Kat created and shared these awesome signs for Staff Picks to post around your library. Free printables!

14 Ways Libraries Can Help Immigrant Children and Families
The news and actions around immigration to the US is heart breaking right now. If you find yourself wanting to do something, but not sure what, here are a few suggestions.

Star Wars Day: 6 Ways the Library Strikes Back
A post to share with patrons about the different ways they can celebrate Star Wars Day at libraries.

10 Insider Secrets Librarians Only Tell Their Friends With Kids
The library is the perfect place for people to bring their kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. Not only do we have oodles of books, but you can do so much more. Jess lists 10 things that only library insiders know (which librarians would share with anyone... who is willing to listen).

8 Creative Book Club Ideas
Everyone loves a book club, but sometimes even the most well-attended group can start to feel stale. Kat looked into some different ways to revive, or start an entirely new club, and have compiled a list of ideas for you.

Delicious Library Programs
What better way to integrate good books and good food than to do a library cooking program? Kat has compiled a list of ideas in which cooking can enhance your library.

Hate in the Library: Voices of Opposition
We collected voices of opposition about ALA's Library Bill of Rights specifically including Hate Groups as being allowed to use library meeting rooms. We are very happy to report that the bill has since been revised and improved, but we don't think that would have happened without people like them who spoke up. Thank you to everyone who did.

5minlib Recommends: Super Library Marketing
There are so many different ways to advertise, so many different formats to use, and too little hours in the day to get it all done. Thankfully, there's the Super Library Marketing blog to help you sort it all out!

2002: When Hate Came to the Library Meeting Rooms
This was a guest post by Lena Gluck. She had shared on Twitter a chilling history lesson: back in 2002, white supremacist Matt Hale, did indeed travel around the US and used library meeting rooms to hold his meetings. It is a story about the trauma and terror his free speech has caused to these communities. And it could very well happen again today if we're not careful.

Summer Reading by the Book Covers
Kat shares her Summer Reading experience through book covers.

4 Ideas for September's Library Sign-Up Month
Looking for fresh ideas for September's Library Sign-Up Month? Jess curated four for you that were shared on Facebook.

Ready to Go Book Display: Libraries Rock! Fiction
and Ready to Go Book Display: Libraries Rock! Nonfiction
Every year, Allie creates two book lists based on the CSLP Summer Reading theme. It was a huge hit with our readers!

Ready to Go Book Display: Dogs
Change up your book display with books carefully selected by Allie about man's best friend.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Like this article? Check out our best posts from 2017,  2016 and 2015!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Ready to Go Book Display: New in 2019

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. Let's start of 2019 with new books. This is a list of titles being released in 2019 that I'm excited for and/or that you should know about. You can create a display in your library of "Coming Soon" and encourage patrons to get their name on the hold list.

Adult Recommendations:

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (Feb 2019)

Sophie Kinsella's new novel is a story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be "the one," and an IOU that changes everything. 

From America's best known and most trusted authority on all things domestic, a fully illustrated guide on how to do everything: including organizing and decorating, cleaning and caring for your home and garden, celebrating, hosting, achieving career goals, and managing finances - and much more.

The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault (Mar 2019)

The Handmaid's Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern class, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

The Big Kahuna (Fox and O'Hare #6) by Janet Evanovich (Mar 2019)

Rule-obsessed FBI Agent Kate O'Hare again joins with rule-bending con man Nicholas Fox to take on another case that the FBI would ordinarily shrug off. Now they are tasked with finding a Silicon Valley billionaire familiarly called the Big Kahuna.

Allan Karlsson is back, having escaped his nursing home in The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Now he and buddy Julius, up in a hot air balloon with three bottles of champagne, crash-land into the sea and are saved by a North Korean ship carrying contraband uranium.

Tia Torres, underdog advocate and star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees, chronicles her roller-coaster life in this heartwarming memoir featuring some of her best-loved dogs.

Lights! Camera! Puzzles!: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall (Apr 2019)

The new novel in the ever-popular mystery series finds the Puzzle Lady on the set of a movie about her own life - and when the first dead body shows up on set, it comes with a crossword puzzle.

Teen Recommendations:

Star Wars: Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston (Mar 2019)

When Padme Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padme must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.

The Stonewall Honor-winning author of "Beyond Magenta" shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America, who face an uncertain future.

In her powerful new book, Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai shares her own story of displacement, along with the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled.

The Giver (Graphic Novel) by Lois Lowry and P. Craig Russell (Feb 2019)

Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry's classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P. Craig Russell's beautifully haunting illustrations.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Feb 2019)

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill.

Kids Recommendations:

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce (Jan 2019)

Max and a group of friends dubbed the Midknights go on a quest to rescue the Kingdom of Byjovia from the mean King Gastley Magic. From the creator of the Big Nate series.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Jan 2019)

Inspired by Korean folklore, Lee presents a space opera about 13-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits, who stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her old brother in the Thousand World Space Forces. From the Rick Riordan Presents imprint.

The Friendship War by Andrew Clements (Jan 2019)

When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another. From the beloved author of Frindle.

Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren (Mar 2019)

Mo Willems composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture book.

Narwhal's Otter Friend (Narwhal and Jelly Book #4) by Ben Clanton (Feb 2019)

Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty the super-adventurous otter in the fourth book of this early graphic novel series.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar (Jan 2019)

Celebrate the power of storytelling in the gorgeous and lyrical picture book biography of Pura Belpre, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson (Apr 2019)

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

Princess Puffybottom... and Darryl by Susin Nielsen and Olivia Chin Mueller (Feb 2019)

What's a pampered cat to do now that she has to compete for attention with an ill-mannered puppy?

Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds (Feb 2019)

From the creator of The Word Collector comes an empowering story about finding your voice, and using it to make the world a better place.

Three adorable house cats are reporting the most hilarious breaking news! Based on author/illustrator Georgia Dunn's real-life pets, Elvis, Lupin, and Puck strap on neckties and pick up microphones to provide the most up-to-date relevant news stories (at least according to them). 

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Sep 2019)

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face - and conquer - her fears.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Library Stories that Give Us the Warm Fuzzies: 2018

As the year comes to a close, we thought it might be a nice way to wrap things up by thinking of some library- or book-themed stories that gave us a warm and fuzzy feeling over the last year or so. (If this isn't enough fuzziness for you, be sure to check out last year's article, too!)

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Sensory Friendly Santa Visits Library
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 any parent or child knows, a visit to Santa can be both a magical and terrifying experience. Luckily for the residents of Leesburg, NY, there is a special Santa for kids with special needs who will be visiting the Oakland Library this year!
The Santa in question is actually the library's Technology Specialist at the Oakland Library, and has played Santa in the past. Because this is his first time having a program for special needs children, he did research on strategies interacting in a sensory-friendly way.

School Librarian Serves Up Brunch & Books
Christopher Stewart, school librarian at Bell School/Columbia Heights Education Center in Washington, D.C., sets aside one day a month to set up a table outside the school for an hour, and offers breakfast foods and books to passers-by. Though his aim is to bring attention to the homelessness problem in the city, the food and books he provide are for anyone, regardless of their personal situation.

Stewart says that he is aware that this won't fix the problem. “In the grand scheme, [the brunch] is small. But it could brighten someone’s day.” His end goal, the article states, is to create a cafe where people can pay what they can, that "empowers readership and has great food."

Ancient Roman Library Discovered in Cologne, Germany
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Workers in Cologne, Germany, have uncovered the ruins of the country's oldest known public library. The building was big enough to have housed 20,000 scrolls. The excavation that led to this discovery was set to be a parking lot, but that space has been downsized and a glass window installed so that visitors can take a peek into this landmark.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Goes International
International singing sensation Dolly Parton has long been an inspiration to her fans, but she has also been giving back to her community for years. The Imagination Library was founded in 1990 to help promote literacy in Tennessee, and has expanded over the years to become not only nationwide, but also in the United Kingdom and Australia. To date, they have given out over 112 million books! 

NYPL Lends Interview Accessories
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Many libraries these days have a "library of things" collection, where you can borrow ukuleles, games, dolls, and more. The Riverside branch of the New York Public Library has a new collection; they lend out handbags, neckties, briefcases, and other items that can be useful for job interviews, auditions, or any other event for which they need to dress up. Patrons have checked out ties for prom, bags for job searching, and more. The idea is the brainchild of Young Adult Librarian Michelle Lee, and was funded with a grant from the Innovation Project.

Hardcover the Library Turtle
Hardcover the turtle
Photo and article link to Tewksbury Town Crier
The Tewksbury Public Library in Tewksbury, MA, recently adopted a turtle to live in the children's room of the library. He was named Hardcover, and has quickly become a favorite of staff and patrons, even having his own Twitter account. Hardcover's official title is Director of Charisma and Hospitality, and has his own official name tag to prove it.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Jan to April Book Awards 2019

Book Award Winners! Book Awards Winners! Many more will be announced this winter. Be in the know with our handy list below, divided by age groups (Adults, Teens, and Children) for your convenience.

Adult Awards


    7th & 29th: Costa Book of Year (UK & Ireland)
    • 5 categories -- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.
    27th: ALA Awards at Midwinter Meeting Event
    • ALA/RUSA Listen List
      • List of 12 audio books in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Plays. BONUS: It includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries.
    • ALA/RUSA Notable Books 
      • List of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry books for the adult reader.
    • ALA/RUSA Reading List
      • 8 categories -- Adrenaline Titles (Suspense, Thrillers, and Action Adventure), Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. 


    10th: GRAMMYs: Best Spoken Word Album
    • 1 audio book is chosen.
    Bonus: Around this time, the Nebula shortlist is announced!
    • List of 30 titles in outstanding science fiction and fantasy in 6 categories -- Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.


    4th: Audies
    • 26 categories: basically audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in every genre as well as narrators, excellence in marketing/design/production, and multi-voiced performance.
    14th: National Book Critics Circle Awards (announced at conference)
    • 6 categories -- Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
    ???: Canada Reads
    • Five books, five champions, one winner: Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrities championing books. Books are voted "off the bookshelf," one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year. Every March, specific date not yet announced.


    5th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
    • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
    15th: Pulitzer Prize
    • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
    20th: L.A. Times Book Prize
    • 10 categories -- First Fiction, Biography, Autobiographical Prose, Current Interest, Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry, Science & Technology, and Young Adult Literature.
    25th: Edgar Awards (Mystery)
    •  14 categories -- Novel, First Novel, Paperback Original, Fact Crime, Critical/Biographical, Short Story , Juvenile, Young Adult, TV Episode, Robert L. Fish Memorial, Mary Higgins Clark, Grand Master, Raven Awards, and Ellery Queen Award.

      Teen Awards


      7th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
      • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.
        28th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)
        29th: Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
        29th: Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
        29th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
          ???: Walter Dean Myers Award (Presented by We Need Diverse Books)
          • Outstanding titles for teens and young readers who celebrate diversity. Always announced in January. No specific date currently given.


          14th: Cybils Awards
          • 12 categories including Middle-Grade Fiction, Junior/Senior High Non-Fiction, Young Adult Graphic Novels, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction.


          5th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
          • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
          15th: Pulitzer Prize
          • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
          20th: L.A. Times Book Prize
          • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.
          25th: Edgar Awards (Mystery)
          •  14 categories, one of which is Young Adult.

          Children Awards


          7th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
          • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.
          28th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)

          29th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
          ???: Charlotte Zolotow Award (Picture Books)
          ???: Walter Dean Myers Award (Diversity Titles presented by We Need Diverse Books)


          14th: Cybils Awards
          • 12 categories including Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books, Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction, Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels, Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction, Fiction Picture Books and Board Books.


          5th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
          • 41 subject categories (all adult except for 2 children, 2 young readers and 2 teens) and best first book for new publisher in fiction, nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
          20th: L.A. Times Book Prize
          • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.
          25th: Edgar Awards (Mystery)
          •  14 categories, one of which is Juvenile.
          • The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.

          Want More?

          You can find the complete list of awards in our previous post, the Ultimate Book Awards Calendar. The specific dates aren't listed because they change every year, but stay tuned for our next installment (May-August) in April!

          Friday, November 30, 2018

          11 Holiday Content Ideas for Your Library's Facebook Page

          The Facebook Group, The Shareable Clique, is an invaluable resource for social media librarians. It is the perfect place to go to find viral content perfect for your library's page (and to share content that has done well on yours, too!). Since the holidays are right around the corner, we thought we'd give your page a head start with posts that have been shared.

          NOTE: Make sure you share directly from the source (i.e. the library's page), NOT from The Shareable Clique or you'll get the wrong description above the photo/link.) To do that, click on "post" at the top, next to the poster's name.

          1. Who doesn't love a book tree? Over 400 books were used to create this 6 foot beauty!

          2. And don't forget the other holidays! You can recreate the menorah with just 9 books!

          3. For those snowy days, you could run an informal poll: "Would you rather be stuck in a snow storm with only fiction or nonfiction books to read?"

          4. Feeling ambitious? December is perfect for the Library Advent Calendar: 25 days of exciting things about the library!

          5. Are your patrons traveling? It is the perfect time to check out an audiobook!

          6. For those of you offering Food for Fines, share great articles of long overdue books!

          7. Highlight your movie collection by creating a holiday movie madness bracket!

          8. Did you know December 8th is national brownie day? What a good day to showcase your recipe book collection!

          9. Snowstorm coming? Make a storm map showing them how many books they'll need to ride out the storm. (Kat made a fabulous tutorial to make your own map here!)

          10. Encourage patrons to play the "Grab the Nearest Book" game for the New Year. They need to grab the nearest book, turn to page 24, and post the first adjective you read.

          11. Create an infograph about New Year Resolutions and your library card!

          Found these ideas useful? Join The Shareable Clique!

          Friday, November 23, 2018

          5 Minute Librarian's Annual Gratitude Article

          “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” - Willard Scott

          Every year at this time, we here at 5 Minute Librarian like to take a moment to express our gratitude for the wonderful things we have in our lives, both personal and professional. You can read our past years' gratitude here: 2015, 2016, 2017

          As always, we are extremely grateful to our readers, without whom we wouldn't have been able to keep writing for so long. It warms our hearts to see people commenting and sharing our articles, so please keep it up! 

          Jess B., 5MinLib Founder and Editor-In-Chief

          1. Baby Friendly Libraries - it is interesting being on the opposite side of things, moving from librarian to patron. As a parent to two young kids, there are things I really appreciate. First -- baby friendly places. It really is the little things -- like having changing tables as well as having them in both the women's and men's bathroom. It is so gross trying to change the diaper on the floor! I've also noticed there have been two different ways libraries handle dirty diapers: the "take the dirty diapers with you" and "ask for a bag to contain the smell". I feel so much more welcomed at the latter one, especially since being a frazzled mom, I can't be guaranteed that I'll remember to take that poopy diaper out of my car.
          2. Sibling Friendly Library Programs - I know it is hard to plan a program for different ages and my kids are definitely far apart with five years between them. However, we do come as a packaged deal and seeing "Siblings allowed" on a flyer makes a big difference on whether we can come or not. So, thank you to those who accommodate siblings when you can!   
          3. Fine Free Benefit - Our local library does not charge late fines on their items. That's honestly the main reason we continued to borrow from the library this year. My baby isn't sleeping, hasn't slept well in 8 months, so staying on top of library materials is tough. Even though I can afford the small fines we would build up, I find it frustrating when I keep missing the due dates. Now, every time we miss a due date, I just feel grateful that my library doesn't charge me for it.    
          Bonus: Fabulous Co-Bloggers - While not technically library related, I am so very grateful for my co-bloggers. This year has been rough, mostly because I had a baby a year ago and he doesn't sleep well. Hasn't for 8 months straight. There have been many times that just surviving the day was all I could muster. So, lots of love to Kat for stepping in and making sure we continue to post weekly and to Allie, who also has a little one, for being dependable with her monthly posts. This blog wouldn't have survived without you two!

          Kat E., Children's Librarian

          1. My New Job - Just a few short weeks ago, I switched from one job to another. I am not here to badmouth my old position, but to praise my new one; talk about a dream library! The staff are all knowledgeable and friendly, the facility is nice, and I can pretty much come up with any program ideas and be given the enthusiastic go-ahead. The biggest perk this job has is that everyone who works here seems to genuinely want to be at this library: the bulletin boards are beautiful, the lunch room conversation is friendly, and the staff meetings include laughter. I am so incredibly grateful to my new supervisors and coworkers, and the opportunity to work for this fabulous town.
          2. Vendors - In my previous position, we had a policy that items could only be purchased from Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Now, these are fantastic vendors, but relying solely on these outlets means that a librarian can miss out on all the amazing things from small publishers and lesser-known authors, and some amazing salespeople who know exactly what I'm looking for and can find it! AMAZING! 
          3. Social Media - I know, it can be overwhelming, but I love social media. In addition to all the wonderful outreach opportunities for work, it gives me a chance to connect with friends and family that live far away, or whose busy lives no longer have time for a weekly chat. I can see photos of my nephews and my friends' children growing up, even when I don't get to see them as often as I'd like, and can share my own excitements (and cat photos) with others. I have made friends with people I may otherwise not have met (especially on Twitter), and it really makes me feel more connected to the world, even when I usually have my nose in a book.

          Allie C., Head of Teen Services

          1. Conferences and Symposiums - I attended YALSA's Teen Symposium this year and it was great. I love that librarians are so open and willing to share their ideas. I don't have to constantly reinvent the wheel and I can learn from what others have done. If you have a chance to attend a library conference I highly recommend it. It's great to be with others in your profession who just get it.
          2. Letting Go (of Books) - Now that I have a baby, sleep is at a premium, not to mention reading time. It's taken me many years to allow myself to stop reading a book that I'm just not into. It's disappointing when you've been waiting weeks or months to read a certain book and when you finally have the chance... you're no longer in the mood for that kind of book or it's not holding your attention. I used to drag myself through books because I felt I had to. Now, I give it a few pages or chapters and if it's not what I want to read right now I move on. I'll never be able to read all the books I want to, so why should I waste time reading something I don't want?
          3. 10 Little Dinosaurs from Little Tiger Press - My baby LOVES this book. It sings 10 little dinosaurs twice and he's always fascinated with it. I highly recommend it. Plus the illustrations are super cute.

          Friday, November 16, 2018

          Ready to Go Book Display: Lettering and Planning

          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 getting ready to be more organized in the new year and make it pretty with planning and lettering books.

          Adult and Teen Recommendations:

          Nowadays planners are gorgeous, colorful works of art - one part organization, one part art journal and two parts keepsake. Loaded with projects, how-tos, tips, and tricks this book has all the information you need to tap into your creativity, take control of your to-do list, and craft a custom planner.

          The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll (Oct 2018)

          The long-awaited book by the founder of the Bullet Journal organization system.

          This book provides all the information you need to eliminate mental clutter, focus on goals, and enjoy a creative outlet.

          Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller (Jul 2017)

          It's a planner, a to-do list, and a diary for every aspect of your life - and Miller shows how to make a dot-journal work for you.

          If you're looking for clever ways to spruce up your diary or build a planner from scratch, this book teaches you how to design fun and functional pages that meet your needs.

          This guide contains an exercise for every day of the year, each taking 365 seconds or less to complete.

          From selecting the best tools and supplies, to forming your first simple letters, everything you need to begin your calligraphic journey is here.

          With 100 exercises divided into ten sections, this workbook offers a fun and friendly way to improve your lettering techniques every day.

          Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Nov 2014)

          Learn to create beautiful, hand-lettered arts and crafts with this interactive book full of creative prompts, exercises, and step-by-step projects.

          Kids Recommendations:

          This hand-letting workbook features hand-letting lessons for beginners, from playing with style and brush calligraphy basics to illustrated hand-letter designs and lettering styles.

          Young crafters will be introduced to the joys of hand lettering through fun and inspired projects.

          Creative Lettering for Kids by Jenny Doh (Jan 2017)

          Some of the most accomplished artists present their favorite lettering techniques, illustrated with inspiring examples off their own work and accompanied by step-by-step instructions that kids can easily follow.