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Reading Is in Decline: If Not You, Then Who?

To foster a long-lasting love of reading in a child, it is critical to get their parents’ involvement. By taking a two-generation approach libraries can provide opportunities for and meet the needs of children and their parents together.

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Not Everything with Books is a Library

If you closely follow library stories across the world you may have come across this heartwarming one: A small rural public school’s largely abandoned library in Las Plumas County, California, was so outdated that it was unusable. A local writer, Margaret Garcia, had a dream of reopening this library, so she put out a call on her blog for people to send a book. Her blog post went viral and people sent in 47 million books!

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Love or Respect – the Collection Development Dilemma

In theory, we are all professionals and whether we like a particular area of the collection or not, we should be able to do our job of adding new materials and withdrawing those that are no longer of use. However, we’re all human. Some things we like better than others. What are some ways to give your section the respect it deserves if you didn’t love it immediately to begin with?

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Putting Your ENTIRE Fiction Collection into Genres

How do you find commonalities between genres for children and genres for adults? Are there any? Does it matter?

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To Series or Not to Series…Does it Matter?

It’s taken quite a bit of time to put series information on all our chapter, tween, young adult, adult, and large print books. However, the response from the community has been tremendous, and it’s taught us a few things about our collection as well!

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Digital Natives Prefer Print

Many assumptions have been made about the fate of print books, and how e-books and our increasingly digital world will change the way people read and study. We all love the convenience and space-saving qualities of e-books, as well as the fun devices they live on. However, a Washington Post article from February discussed something unexpected: the fact that most college-aged students, often called “millennials” or “digital natives,” prefer reading print books.

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Authors For Libraries

Building a connection between authors and libraries, the Authors for Libraries website also cements the bonds of support and advocacy between them.

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Separate or Keep Together?

Many book stores separate fiction into genres. Some libraries do it too. Should you?

The “Digital Dark Age” and Why Print is Not Yet Dead

I have always loved books. I have a bookshelf filled with them, and they have now spilled over to my nightstand and bureau. There was a time that on principal, I refused to buy a Kindle because of my love of books. That time has passed; I read e-books on my Kindle and I also have an iPad. But these new devices have not altered my love of physical books. A recent article on the BBC website discussed a “digital Dark Age.”

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Seen on TV – A Popular Genre

Does the phrase “As Seen on TV” make you think of late night infomercials and gadgets that never work quite right? In the library, it can mean circulation gold!

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The ALA 2015 Book Award-Winners – A Reading List

ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, in January 2015, unveiled numerous award-winners as well as longlists for future consideration. Maybe your patrons have already read the nominees and are thirsty for more from these authors, or perhaps the increased attention has contributed to lengthy reserve lists. In either case, now might be the time to shine some light on other books by these acclaimed authors.

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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day: Romance for Teens

Looking to get in the romantic spirit this Valentine’s Day? Here are some great YA fiction titles that will make you feel the love:

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Downton Abbey Read-Alikes

I hope you are all enjoying the current season of Downton Abbey as much as I am! While searching for what to write about this month, I was excited to stumble across a list of books by Nanette Donohue, “An Edwardian Education.” Donohue’s list offers a great mix of nonfiction and fiction works to supplement your Downton Abbey obsession (assuming you’re like me.)

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I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper

This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.

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In Memoriam: Eugie Foster

Fantasy and Science Fiction author Eugie Foster (b. 1971) left us on September 27, 2014 at the age of 42 as a result of respiratory failure. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Foster at JordanCon in 2012, and her works left a lasting impact on me.