This week I got to make some great bookart holiday decorations that I wanted to share.
First I made this totally secular (hmmm….) tree. Very simple, though a little monotonous and time consuming. This tree took me about 45 minutes. But it is the perfect activity for when you need to turn your brain off.
These are the instructions I followed.
Then I got to make these lovely snowflakes from weeded books. I was told how to do this so I took pictures and will include the steps here.
First, close your eyes, bite your lip, and then squeal a little bit while you tear some pages out of a book. Using a paper cutter or scissors, make them square. Like so…
Fold that in half to make a triangle.
And fold that in half again making a smaller triangle.
Now fold that triangle into thirds. So fold #1…
And then fold #2.
Now visualize a line that would make a smaller triangle. Here I have drawn it for you.
Cut along that line.
Discard everything but the triangle that is left.
Now get creative and cut out a design. Anything goes really as long as you don’t cut all the way through.
Unfold and you have your snowflake!
And here is one other decoration that would be great that I haven’t tried yet. These appear to be newspaper that has been cut, folded, and spray painted. They are lovely!
May I introduce, the magic that is the Internet. A while ago I posted about how I wished there was a Twitter chat for public librarians and… [cricket sounds]. Several months later, a public librarian from Massachusets ran across my post and said she had been considering the same thing. A couple of weeks later, we have a website, a Twitter account, and a survey out to gather feedback for putting a monthly chat together.
So, ya. There it is. I am so incredibly excited about this and so grateful that Elizabeth contacted me to get it going.
So if you are a public librarian on Twitter and are interested in connecting with and learning from others, please keep this on your radar. Please fill out our survey to give us some feedback about how you would like to see this go down. And make sure to join in the discussion when we have our first chat!
I wrote the following for the CTLS Newsletter. The entire newsletter can be accessed here.
YouthShare: News You Can Use
by Katelyn Patterson
Libraries Helping a Healing Nation
Tragedy struck again right here in Dallas
since last month when I talked about the occurrence in an Orlando night club
. The Dallas Public Library was committed to supporting their community
in the days that followed and even helped to preserve the tributes left as a memorial to the fallen officers
during a rain storm.
Libraries and supporting organizations all over are playing their part to help communities trying to understand our current national climate. Recently Storytime Underground, a collective of Youth Services Librarians, made public comments about the importance that the library reflect these events and movements to help our communities cope and understand. The Oakland Public Library has a wonderful page of resources called Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resources Series. Earlier this year, WebJunction provided a 2 part post on Racial Equity in the Library: Part 1: Where to Start and Part 2: Diverse Collections, Programming, and Resources.
And of course, book displays and booklists are being created for the same reasons. I particularly want to point to the We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series. In addition to the wonderful graphic design, each post simply and briefly states the title’s similar themes (friendship, relationship with grandparents, searching for family, etc.).
Similarly, as we get closer to November, patrons may want to know where to get the best information on the candidates and the election. Library Journal recently reviewed several Free Resources for an Informed Electorate that you may find useful.
August is Read a Romance Month
Did you know that August is Read a Romance
month? At the recent Romance Writers of America
conference in San Diego, a presentation was made showing
just what a huge impact the Romance genre has on the publishing industry. Do you see romance flying off the shelves at your library? Here is an excuse to introduce the genre to others who haven’t dipped their toe into it.
My new favorite Chrome Extension is called Library Extension
. By installing this to the Chrome browser, anytime you browse for books online at websites like GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, Library Extension will let you know if the book or ebook is available at your local library. Borrow and Place a Hold buttons will even take patrons directly to that title in your catalog. They support many libraries (I looked up a few CTLS members) and if you don’t see your library, contact them to let them know! Right now it only works with Chrome but will soon be available for Firefox, too. This is a great way to drive traffic to your site and catalog and could be a great extension of service.
School Library Journal TeenLive Conference
On August 10th, School Library Journal is offering their 5th annual TeenLive Conference
, formerly called SummerTeen, which is a free, completely virtual conference discussing teen materials and programming. Keynote speakers are Meg Medina, author of Burn Baby Burn, and Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Cycle. Register to “attend” the event here
or follow #SLJTeenLive on Twitter.
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A school uninvited Kate Messner from an author visit because her latest book, The Seventh Wish, deals with substance abuse. My father is an addict. I felt all of the fear, anger, and disappointment that Charlie feels when her sister’s heroin addiction starts to tear their family apart. Rebecca Stead meets Wonderfalls, this book uses magic to deal with a very real and common problem. Kids need access to this book.
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