Thursday, March 6, 2008


I'm taking a break and revamping the blog a bit.

In the meantime, go help the folks at the Dewey Donation System get books into libraries that need them.

We all know how libraries can change lives and we've all seen the magic that can happen when children get their hands on books. The Dewey Donation System was started by some really awesome people who love libraries and books and know just how important both are. They are helping two very deserving library systems get books into the hands of children.

So click over, check it out, and donate. It's good karma, at the very least, and a wonderful opportunity to help educate future leaders. And spread the word.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Trucks? Dinosaurs? Ballet? Public relations?

Every day parents ask us where to find picture books about ballet/trucks/bugs/space etc. I think we have a wonderful easy non-fiction selection but I feel that sometimes it is not user-friendly for those with little ones to watch.

While our staff is always willing to help locate books, I think displaying a sign with popular subjects and their dewey numbers would help patrons a lot.

In my mind's eye, the sign would be big, eye-catching, colorful, fun and include graphics of each subject alongside the dewey number.

This is where I see a possible public relations aspect. Instead of using stock graphics we could have storytime attendees or even local elementary school students draw the pictures. The pictures would be credited to the artist ("Drawn by Anna, age 7") and I think every little Madison and Aiden would get kick seeing their drawing on display at the library! I see this as a potential way for KRL to be a bigger presence in local schools and reach out to new, young patrons and their families. Each branch could even have a unique poster with art by local students.

I remember doing something very similar to this when I was in elementary school. There was a contest to draw a poster to warn people about duck mites in local lakes. It was a Very Big Deal (at least in my classroom) and Kitsap Parks and Recreation got us all really excited about visiting parks and playgrounds and avoiding duck poop in the lakes. It was a good PR move on their part and that summer, we frequented the park often to view my neighbor's winning poster design.

Regardless of whether or not we use budding Picassos, I think a sign like this needs to be made. It would really be helpful to patrons looking for specific subjects in the children's area and good customer service. It would encourage them to explore the easy non-fiction and also maybe check the adult non-fiction area for further resources.

So-- is a sign like this a viable idea? Or have I over-thought something that could be solved by putting out a few more "Where To Find It" flyers?