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"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Now a Picture Book
Moonbot Studios
Inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizared of Oz and a love for books, "Morris Lesssmore" is an animated short film telling a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who returen the favor. The story that inspired the Academy Award-winning animated short film is soon to be an all-new picture book (Atheneum, 9781442457027).
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FREE Church library book download: “Space, Furnishings, and Interior Design”

Dreams for your church library? Often, perhaps, you have said as you thought about your church library, "When we remodel or add a new building, I would like for our church library to be . . . ." This FREE downloadable book will reinforce some of the dreams you already have for your church library and add to these dreams. Thoughts about space, furnishings and interior design dreams for all church libraries evolve into a list which includes. . . Read more>>>

Engage Your Young Artists with a Bookmark Contest
Looking for a fun way to promote your library? Try a bookmark contest! Here is how one librarian went about hosting her own bookmark contest at the Santa Clara (CA) City Library. Youth in grades K-12 were invited to submit an original bookmark design about reading and/or libraries. Entries were judged on creativity, neatness and message. The winners had their bookmarks printed for public distribution . . .  Read more>>>

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100 Scope Notes
“What’s up with all the terrible bookmarks people use? Some bookmarks make more sense than others. In a bracket-style tournament, 100 Scope Notes asked readers to vote to determine once and for all which bookmark is the worst. The contenders: a tissue, a piece of junk mail . . .” Read more>>>


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  24 Places to Find Bulletin Board Ideas
Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet
Elementary teachers are some of the most creative people around. Their bulletin boards are always eye-catching. They are contantly changing the displays and are never short on ideas. Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet ofers a list of 24 resources for bulletin board ideas . . . Read more>>>

5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library
Pinterest is a digital pinboard application which started just last year but has quickly become one of the top 10 most trafficked social networking websites. During the second week in December the website had over 11 million visitors. This is pretty impressive considering that the site is still in the invite-only stage. Pinterest’s inspiration boards have a lot of potential for libraries and other organizations for creating visual displays of resources and services. All of Pinterest’s boards and posts can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some ideas for how you can make the most of this popular social network for your library . . . Read more>>>

Building Displays that Move the Merchandise
American Libraries Magazine
Observe, eavesdrop, ask—and the books will fly off the shelves. Displays are hit or miss. So often we throw together a bunch of books on a theme. In our flurry to pull just the right items and create beautiful signage to market the display, we get lost in the process and fail to ask ourselves important questions. Will patrons find this useful? Should it be permanent? Read more>>>

Church Libraries Get a Second Wind
The Mennonite
In the era of tablets, online books and Wikipedia, where does this leave church libraries? Dusty? Forgotten? Neglected? Several Mennonite churches have overcome challenges facing traditional libraries by finding inventive ways to offer relevant library services to their church members and beyond . . . Read more>>>



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  More Fun Book Videos:
The Joy of Books (YouTube)
Over 2 dozen volunteers spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books to create this time lapse video of books dancing on the shelves of a Toronto bookstore . . . View video>>>
Mountains of Books Become Mountains (Visual News)
Carved into discarded stacks of books are fantastic, romantic landscapes. . . View video>>>

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Come and See our Library!
Here’s an idea that works says Bev Etzelmueller, Librarian at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, WI. Bev
welcomes all new members to the library by mailing this postcard message: 


Welcome to St. Matthew’s Church!
Come and see our Library!

Our church is a welcoming place and we encourage you to visit the Church Library as it offers God’s message of love and inspiration for adults, children and youth. We also have DVDs, CDs and magazines for check out. We have an ongoing Children’s Reading Program to promote children reading. The Library is located just off the Commons Area on the 2nd level of the church building.
You are welcome to stop in anytime. The Library is open every Sunday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and once a month during the summer. We look forward to your visit.
Bev Etzelmueller

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Branches e-newsletter
Volume 5: No. 2

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In this issue
  • The Fantastice Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • FREE Church Library Book download
  • Engage Young Artists with a Bookmark Contest
  • No Prizes for these Bookmarks
  • Coming Soon in Libraries Alive
  • 24 Places to Find Bulletin Board Ideas
  • 5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library
  • Building Displays that Move the Merchandise
  • Church Libraries Get a Second Wind
  • More Fun Book Videos
  • Promotional Dates
  • Church Library Events Near You
  • What Church Librarians are Talking About
  • Librarians Helping Librarians


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