Teen Tech Week 2016

I’ve been working on a system-wide passive program for Teen Tech Week. Inspired by Nerd Craft Librarian, I came up with the BINGO card below.

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The branch managers are all on board, so now I just need to come up with prizes. For completion prizes, I thought about candy or earbuds. For the grand prize, I want to put together a package of STEM fiction and some techy gifts (flash drive bracelet, etc…).

I’m also planning a retro gaming event for our main library. NES games (finger-crossed that I can find one!), older board games, and pogs. We’ll make some DIY pogs.

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John Green Read-Alikes

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Made this graphic for the library’s teen social media accounts to help promote a curated ebook list. Really love how it turned out. What’s your go-to recommendation for John Green fans who have finished all of his work?

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!

Book Recommendations for your Vacation Destination

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Another graphic I created for our library Tumblr page.

Image credits:

Pofu Camp – Northern Circuit” by Gopal Vijayaraghavan on Flickr.

Desert Road” by William Warby on Flickr.

Paris.2012” by Emax-photo on Flickr.

Font Credit:

Confetti Stream” by Jonathan S. Harris on FontSpace.

9 Books To Try If You Loved Divergent

9 BOOKS TO TRY IF YOU LOVED DIVERGENT

Just put this one up today on all of our social media sites. We have 139 holds on our ebook copy of Divergent. There is no way we can purchase enough copies to get through the list quickly, so I created this graphic to present some other options in our collection.

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.