PokeBook Banner Printable

The Pokemon Go phenomenon has hit our library system hard. Our main library and a few of the branches are PokeStops. We’ve been sharing pics of Pokemon captured in the library on our social media pages in an effort to attract players into the library.

We are also brainstorming programming ideas (more to share on that later). In the meantime, I was inspired by a blog post to create a display. Mine is in the works but it will include a “PokeBook”.

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I made the PokeBook image above using some clipart and Publisher. I saved it as a PDF banner. Anyone is welcome to use it for their own library displays.

PokeBook Banner PDF

How is your library capitalizing on Pokemon Go? Let me know in the comments!

 

Pride Month

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Happy Pride Month, y’all! I’m currently working on a Pride display for our Teen Zone. Our teens are very interested in LGBTQIA+ lit. To quote one, “I’m tired of reading about straight people.” To help them easily find titles with  LGBTQIA+ characters, I made some bookmarks that I’d like to share with all of you. Click here* to download the PDF.

*Bookmark has been updated to correct a typo (thanks, Amy & Erica!).

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How to Make a Readers’ Advisory Graphic

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A few commenters have asked how I make the RA graphics featured on this blog,  so I’m going to break it down in this post. It’s really not that hard, though it can be time-consuming. I have faith that y’all can do it!

Step 1: Pick a theme – The possibilities are limitless. You can make a genre graphic, readalike graphic, book suggestions based on other media people enjoy, etc… There are plenty of great examples out there. I think that Molly over at Wrapped Up in Books makes some wonderful graphics. Pinterest is also an excellent place to find examples. If you draw inspiration from someone else’s creation (especially if you are reworking something they’ve already done), credit them.

Step 2: Find your titles – Once you’ve picked your theme, you need to decide what titles you will feature on your graphic. You can pull from your own knowledge or use outside sources. NoveList is a great resource for finding readalikes and most libraries have a subscription to it. I will sometimes use lists from sources like Buzzfeed or Flavorwire. If you do that, make sure to credit them in your post.

Step 3: Put it all together – This is the really time-consuming part. I use Publisher because it’s easy to import and arrange images and I have access to all of my own fonts. All of the jacket images I use come from our catalog. I sometimes incorporate Microsoft’s free stock photos and Creative Commons images from Flickr. Again, make sure to credit appropriately if you use a CC image from Flickr. For fonts, I use Fontspace or dafont to find relevant fonts for my graphics. Many of their fonts are free for personal use and some are free for commercial use. Check the license before using any font. Once I have everything set up how I want it look, I group it together and then save it as an image. Occasionally I will upload it to a free, online photo editor to add extra flourishes. My favorites are: PicMonkey, iPiccy, fotor, & befunky. After adding finishing touches, I share the graphic with the world on various social media sites and this blog.

So there you have it – three steps to making an RA graphic! Go forth and create!

10 Books Featuring Librarians & Libraries

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In honor of National Library Week, I created a list of books featuring librarians & libraries with an accompanying graphic for the Marion County Public Library System Tumblr page. Check out the full list of books with summaries at this link: http://bit.ly/1j11UrR.

9 Books to Try if You Loved Game of Thrones

9 Books to Try if you Loved Game of Thrones

I made this graphic today, since the season 4 premiere was last night. I used read-alike suggestions from this OverDrive Library Blog post and from George R.R. Martin’s Not A Blog.

The font used is “Game of Thrones Font” by user Charlie Samways on fontmeme.

Two New YA Displays for February

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It was time to switch up displays in the YA Room again. For Valentine’s Day, I did a display of favorite YA character ships. I also put up a display of YA humor titles with literary memes, mainly because I wanted a reason to display that Fifty Shades of No picture.

Great Passive Programming – Secret Santa Reading Challenge

Secret Santa Reading ChallengeThe branches of my library system always have some excellent programming. They are constantly impressing me with the creative stuff their staff plans. This year, the Fairview Public Library is hosting a Secret Santa Reading Challenge. They wrapped books up like presents and put them under their Christmas tree. Patrons check out the wrapped book, take it home, unwrap it, and read it. Once they’ve read their Secret Santa book, they can fill out a review slip to be entered in a drawing for a Visa gift card.

I think this is an awesome spin on the whole “Blind Date with a Book” trend that’s going on right now. It’s also a great way to implement passive programming at your library. Even if your library can’t afford to raffle off a prize, patrons will still be curious about what book they might get.