Weeding, Weeding and More Weeding

2 Dec

cyjycqaaqbajOur library is embarking on a massive weeding project over the course of the next few months.  Weeding has been done for many years, but without too much of a game plan in place and without specific guidelines written out for each section.  That is, until a reference librarian bought a copy of The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide by Rebecca Vnuk, published by ALA in 2015.  It’s one of those things that separates the real nerds from the poseurs… many on my staff are so excited about reading the book and are geeking over how easily its arranged and quick to read.

Using the handbook as a guide, we created our own weeding guidelines that work for our library and our community.  Space is at a premium right now and without getting rid of out-of-date, unwanted items, we have no space to add to the collection next year.  So, it’s been about a month, we’ve gotten our guidelines, I’ve met with our Board to educate them on what’s happening and we’re getting ready to start the whole process!  We’re also going to be taking an additional step and having a very large used booksale with many of the weeded items that people may want to purchase.  Our township wants our library to have some fundraising done over the course of the next year, so we trying a large booksale as our first fundraiser.

We currently have a shelf or two of books that we sell, but we’ve never done something on a larger scale.  Mostly due to space – we have none.  No room to store boxes upon boxes of books until our sale.  So, I’m giving up much of my office space – the only place in our library where there is actually room to store boxes until the big day.  I’m excited for what this means for our library – clean, neat shelves of materials our patrons want and need, removing smelly, tattered, out-of-date information and offering a new home to old favorites in our used booksale.  This is a HUGE project, but one that I’m so excited to work on over the next few months.  Wish us luck! (I’ll most likely be posting about our experience as we work our way through the entire collection)

Picture Book Month Recap

1 Dec

PBMBADGE-AMBASSADOR.jpgI spent the month of November posting book suggestions for each day of the month with themes from the Picture Book Month website.  There are ten suggestions for each theme – some new, some older classics, some perfect for larger storytime groups and others perfect to snuggle one-on-one!  Take a look and enjoy! And if you have a little extra time, I strongly suggest heading over to the Picture Book Month website and checking out the essays that children’s book authors and illustrators wrote about the importance of picture books!

November 1 – Bears
November 2 – School
November 3 – Monkeys
November 4 – Dogs
November 5 – Fractured Fairytales/Tall Tales
November 6 – Food
November 7 – Presidents/Elections
November 8 – Pirates
November 9 – Reading/Books
November 10 – Dinosaurs
November 11 – Peace
November 12 – Cats
November 13 – Mice
November 14 – Music
November 15 – Travel
November 16 – Jungle
November 17 – Insects
November 18 – Birds
November 19 – Babies/Kids
November 20 – Weather
November 21 – History
November 22 – Pumpkins/Fall
November 23 – Chocolate/Dessert
November 24 – Holidays
November 25 – Farm
November 26 – Sports
November 27 – Family
November 28 – Under the Sea
November 29 – Chickens
November 30 – Bunnies

Picture Book Month Theme: Bunnies

30 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Wee Little Rabbit by Lauren Thompson
  3. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  4. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  5. Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
  6. Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
  7. White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
  8. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
  9. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Picture Book Month Theme: Chickens

29 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
  2. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo
  3. Chickerella by Mary Jane Auch
  4. Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  5. Big Chickenby Leslie Helakoski
  6. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  7. A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  8. The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
  9. Blue Chicken by Deborah Freeman
  10. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Picture Book Month Theme: Under the Sea

28 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  2. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
  3. Baby Beluga by Raffi
  4. Flotsam by David Wiesner
  5. Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt
  6. I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs
  7. Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone
  8. Way Down Deep In the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
  9. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  10. Barry the Fish With Fingers by Sue Hendra
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