Here at JLG, we continue to be impressed by the amazing work of our female writers and illustrators. We believe in the importance of providing young readers with books that genuinely resonate with them, and in which they can see themselves and their experiences reflected.
I sat down with Columbus mom blogger Julie Miller to uncover what type of library programs attract parents, discuss social media tips, and learn how to promote to bloggers. Julie is a Wooster, Ohio native, who started her career in the library world, working summers at the Wayne County Library while in college. Julie started her blog What Should We Do Today? after becoming a full-time stay at home mom, and has been featured on NBC News 4, Columbus Moms Blog, and CAP4KIDS.
With the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about how to promote the books that just won. Maybe your collection includes past winners that you can highlight alongside them. Perhaps you have your own list of “books that were robbed;” I know that I have a few favorites that didn’t make the final cut. And when’s the last time someone checked out The Story of Mankind (Newbery winner, 1922) anyway? Sometimes marketing a book takes more than adding a shiny sticker. Here are five ways to get you started.
By: Deborah B. Ford | February 02, 2017 | Shelf Life
The Youth Media Awards for 2017 have been announced. Your favorites won. Your favorites lost. There were surprises. Is there anything out there to help sell the books to the winners? And if I already have the books, how can I get those shiny stickers to add to their marketing charisma? What about programming should that be part of what I do with these winners?
Just the Facts with a Story to Tell: Navigating New Nonfiction Selections
By: Deborah B. Ford | August 21, 2015 | Shelf Life
Nonfiction has historically gotten a bad rap from story-loving library patrons. "It's boring." "It's dry." "There's no story." While that may be true about some works of nonfiction, many others act just like the best fiction. An enticing cover begs to be opened. Then you read the first page, and you are hooked.