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Cosplay: Coming Soon to a Library Near You : The Booklist Reader

I wake up Friday morning, move through my daily routine, and in about two hours I’ve transformed into the magical priestess of a squid god and am ready to hit the streets. This is obviously n…

Source: Cosplay: Coming Soon to a Library Near You : The Booklist Reader


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Two Ships Passing in the Night Is only Hot in Movies…

I thought this ALSC info-graphic tied in really well with our recent LBPSB brainstorming session about school libraries and library advocacy. We are word experts but sometimes we don’t use words in an effective manner and we tend to make our communications far too complicated. We often feel we simply don’t have the time or what it takes to do a proper selling job. I really appreciated the positive spin put on ways of making selling points while taking your audience into account. This is a super way to make the best of chance encounters and steer away from missed opportunities.

The great thing about elevator speeches is that they are an effective manner in which to pitch your services to individuals you encounter without putting them to sleep. This could be a principal, Home and School chair, teacher, parent volunteer, cultural resource: You get the picture! They are communications which are short, to the point, and quite similar to the hooks used in book and movie trailers, or the shelf-talking we do on a regular basis with students or staff in our libraries. Remember to tie this in to an “ask” such as support for a program, for purchases, or simply as an enticement to come and see what is happening in your library (what better way to garner supporters). They truly are advocacy on a dime.

Now all you have to do is select some selling points for you or your library services as well as a request or two which tie into them. As in sports or reading, practice makes perfect.

For more on elevator speeches:

  1. ALSC’s Write an Elevator Speech
  2. Information Tyrannosaur
  3. The Art of the Elevator Speech

Submitted by S. Nesbitt, LBPSB Ed. Consultant

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Making Holiday Gifts: Ideas from Teen Services Underground

Do you enjoy crafts?  Do your teens?  Then check out this amazing post from Teen Services Underground, to get your creative juices going as we are slowly heading toward the festive season…

If you are a Wordle fan, you’ll want to check out this activity referred to in the above article.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

2titlesI’m sure you’ve heard this before in your library: “I just don’t like reading” to which you might answer: “You just haven’t found the right book.” And off you go, making suggestions based on the likes and dislikes of your reluctant or dissatisfied reader. Sometimes, the stars do align and you find that perfect book suggestion. But, truly, we all know that there is nothing better than owning your choices to make reading fun and exciting again.

I came across a great web-app that does put fun into the equation: it puts choice into the hands of teens. was created by English teacher Stephanie Del Gobbo. It is meant to provide a personalized book search.

The interface is bright, streamlined and appealing. Signing up is a breeze: users click their way through a short, hyper-visual and interactive survey to determine their traits, likes and reading level. Adding suggested titles to a wish-list is only a click away and the list can be shared with friend, teacher or librarian. The book selections cover a wide variety of genres from fiction to non-fiction and the full range in between. You can also create a read-list and refine your search.

The site is brand new. Titles are now mostly linked to the publishers’ information. It will be interesting to see how it develops as there are plans to add reviews by readers.

BTW Stephanie Del Gobbo is Canadian and teaches in Hamilton Ontario. You can follow 2titles on Twitter and on Facebook.

Submitted by S. Nesbitt

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School Library Culture or Teen Culture?

I wrote last spring about having been displaced from my post of many years (  After what seemed like the longest summer on record, numerous changes in decision-making led to several posts.  Now, I have the incredible good fortune to return to “my” school, “my” students, “my” library.  That means that I may evaluate our transformation towards a 21st century high-school library that began last year.

PCHS1Renovations have been completed.  New technology has been installed.  MakerSpace kits have been assembled.  Students no longer have to wait outside our doors in anticipation.

Plans are underway to celebrate with a “grand opening.”  It’s time to find out if the results meet the expectations of students and staff.  An informal survey was carried out to guide us through the transformation.  They asked for café seating, fresh colours and easily re-configurable furniture.  They asked for more sofas and more technology.  They wanted the opportunity to “do” more – not just to read more.PCHS2

Judging by the numbers of teenagers using the space on their own time and the increased number of class bookings, it appears that we have a winner!

Is that because of our particular school’s culture?  We are lucky to have students from many cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  Is it because our school offers diverse academic programs to suit our students’ needs?  Many schools fit that description.  Or is it simply that we value getting to know our community and include them in our planning?  It’s important to learn what distinguishes one community from another.  It’s equally important to learn what we have in common to encourage that sense of community.

21st century libraries belong with 21st century learning.  Today’s cellphone-carrying, social-media-obsessed, tech-savvy teens have much in common with one another.  They look forward to the chance to share their 21st century ideas.  Let’s remember to include them in the planning.

Submitted by C.-A. Case, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School