Tag Archives: read alikes

The Big Nate Effect

18 May

BigNateBannerThis is something that has been going on for at least the past two years and it’s a phenomenon that my children’s librarian and I can’t figure out. We have at least two copies of every single Big Nate  book written by Lincoln Peirce. And there aren’t only a couple books in this series… there are over 20 books! And on any give day in our library you won’t be able to find a single copy of the series on the shelf. With summer coming, we’re talking about how many more copies we need to order.  Usually during the school year, the library isn’t quite as busy for elementary school age kids, but the summer brings them in droves and without any copies on the shelf now, we’re going to have a bunch of disappointed kids.

We can place holds and borrow copies from other libraries in our consortium, but it can take up to a week to get to our library and for kids that’s an eternity! So, we’re most likely going to by a few more copies to try and offer a booklist for Big Nate Read Alikes for when there is nothing on the shelf.

What books are never on your shelves? (Or do your kids read over and over again?)


Uncommon Partnerships – Government Access

23 Feb

We’re lucky to have a very strong connection with our local government access channel. They help us by filming large programs and running them on our government access channel at a later date.  They also help us by creating Public Service Announcements for our summer reading program and for other children’s programs. We’ve even done promotional programs talking about our services for patrons – online resources, children and adult programs and more.

Our newest partnership with the government access channel is currently in the works – we’re looking at providing a reader’s advisory program once a month with suggestions based around popular books for children, teens and adults. Our first show will highlight Diary of a Wimpy KidEverything, Everything and All the Light We Cannot See. The plan is to offer four suggestions for each title to help our community with common read-alike questions and to promote books for all ages! What kind of partnerships do you have that are not “typical”?

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