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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – (Book) Discussions

4 Apr

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What: You don’t think I could go through the whole alphabet without talking about book discussions, do you? We’ve offered book discussions for all ages from 3rd grade through adults. I think book discussions work really well because you can create different book discussions for different interests or age levels. Fiction, nonfiction, early chapter books, social justice topics… whatever your community is interested in.

Where: Book discussions can take place in a small meeting room, on the library floor, at an outreach location and even on social media. They are so adaptable and can easily work in most library settings.

When: Again, book discussions are versatile, so they can be offered during any time of the year. And can be offered on a regular basis – once a month or can be special events to promote a specific title or series.

Who: As I said, we’ve offered book discussions for 3rd and 4th graders, middle school students (5th-8th grades), high school students and adults.

How: All you need is a facilitator who has created some questions to guide the book discussion as necessary and some space to meet. Promote the program on social media an din the library and you’re good to go!


  • Book Discussion off-site – I’d love to offer a book discussion at a local bar or restaurant, maybe one geared toward millennials.
  • I’d also love to try a book discussion over social media. I’ve participated in book discussions online before and they’re fun, plus you can participate in your pajamas!
  • We’ve also tried read aloud programs for kids with some success – we read a short chapter book over 2-3 weeks, meeting once a week. I also offered coloring sheets, and scrap paper for kids to draw and craft while they were listening, which helped keep them from getting into trouble.


During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!


Programming for Millennials

11 Jan

milI’ve been thinking about how to entice millennials to use our library more for over a year now. And now, I feel like I’m finally in a place to start planning some programs to attract this generation into the library. Being a millennial myself, I know how much millennials hate being called “millennials.” But at the same time, we lose most of this group from about 16 to when they become parents themselves. So how do we get a group of people to use the library who haven’t been in a public library for a good 10-15 years?

The first order of business is to figure out how to promote these programs to an adult audience so that it doesn’t become a program for seniors (which is our typical audience for adult programs). It’s my goal that as we provide more and more programming for this age group, it will become a group of people who know what the library can offer them and bring their friends along too!

I’m hoping that the programming that we begin to offer will lend itself to the millennial generation – a book discussion held at some of the local bars, preschool for adults (old-school 90s activities like Spirograph, Shrinky Dinks, etc.) and some educational classes about home buying, home maintenance and more.

We’re also going to look into providing a Tech program highlighting our online resources including OverDrive, Zinio (for eMagazines), Ancestry.com and more. I’m hoping that this would be a way to bridge across generations to educate more community members about library services that we already have, but things they might not know about.

Our Board also suggested partnering with the local Mom’s Club (which we currently do), by offering a specific program for parents of young children to highlight new books, our programs and services to encourage circulation and programming.

We also just created our own “book bundles” a group of four fiction and nonfiction titles about a specific topic for easy pick-up for parents who don’t have a lot of time. My coworker did a great job of putting together these great bundles and really focused on providing diversity where she could find it. Plus, by not changing the call number, spine label or location, if these books bundles don’t work after a month or two, it wasn’t too much excessive work to have to take apart again.

So what programs would you like to see for millennials in the library?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Fairy Tale Retellings

1 Nov

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I absolutely love reading fairy tale retellings or fractured fairy tales as they are sometimes called.  Here’s a list of ten titles that you might just have to share with your book club.

  1. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  4. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
  5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  6. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  7. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  9. Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

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