AR Lists on eMedia Catalogs

AR ListsWe have a new feature in OverDrive which I was able to use to create a group of books by AR levels. On the Kids eReading Room under Collections you will find 4 AR lists.

On the main eMedia Catalog there are two AR Lists for teens.

The lists are arranged by AR level. When you see the alphabet start over that is the next level i.e. 1.0-1.9, 2.0-2.9, and etc.

These are static lists so I will need to check them on a regular bases to add new titles to the lists.

Remember students can always use Advance Search to select an ATOS (AR) level and find books for their reading level.

Please let your patrons know about these lists and I hope you find them useful.

More Kids Reading Using eReaders

kids favorites2From a blog post on No Shelf Required

Scholastic recently released a new study on kid’s reading in the digital age.  The study found that kids reading of ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. Full details are on the Scholastic site or you can download the full report with appendices here.

Below are some highlights of the study from the Scholastic site:

Kids, Families, and eBooks

  • The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
  • Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%).
  • Half of children age 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.
  • Seventy-five percent of kids who have read an ebook are reading ebooks at home, with about one in four reading them at school.
  • Seventy-two percent of parents are interested in having their child read ebooks.
  • Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.
  • Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling; print is better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.
  • Fifty-eight percent of kids age 9–17 say they will always want to read books printed on paper even though there are ebooks available – a slight decrease from 2010 (66%).

Kids’ Reading Frequency and Attitudes toward Reading

  • Among girls, there has been a decline since 2010 in frequent readers (42% vs. 36%), reading enjoyment (71% vs. 66%), and the importance of reading books for fun (62% vs. 56%).
  • Compared to 2010, boys are more likely to think reading books for fun is important (39% in 2010 vs. 47% in 2012), but they still lag girls on this measure (47% for boys in 2012 vs. 56% for girls in 2012).
  • Frequency of reading books for fun is significantly lower for kids age 12–17 than for children age 6–11; frequency of reading books for school is also lower for kids age 12–17 than for kids age 6–11.

Parents’ Role in Kids’ Reading Practice

  • About half of parents (49%) feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun, while the vast majority of parents think their children spend too much time playing video games or visiting social networking sites.
  • The percentage of parents who say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun has increased since 2010 across all age groups of children (36% in 2010 to 49% in 2012).
  • Having reading role-model parents or a large book collection at home has more of an impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income.
  • Building reading into kids’ schedules and regularly bringing additional books into the home for children positively impact kids’ reading frequency.

Summer Reading

  • Ninety-nine percent of parents think children their child’s age should read over the summer.
  • Eighty-six percent of children say they read a book (or books) over the summer.
  • On average, kids say they read 12 books over the summer.

BrainFuse Workshops

Are you planning a BrainFuse workshop for your patrons?  We have posters, flyers, bookmarks, business cards and a Facebook template to help you promote your workshop or promote BrainFuse in your library.  You can get the files via the Media Drop on Voyager. They are located in the BrainFuse Marketing folder.

It’s Coming!

Many of you are familiar with our eBook, audiobook, music, and video download website from OverDrive (HTTP://ebooks.lvccld.org).  Now we have a chance to take this popular service to our patrons with the Digital Bookmobile, a high-tech tractor-trailer that creates an immersive download experience built around our ‘Virtual Branch’ download website.

To preview this exciting vehicle and share in experiences from other Digital Bookmobile events, http://www.DigitalBookmobile.com.

Our library will host the nationally touring Digital Bookmobile on March 30 & March 31 9:30am to 4pm at Windmill Library. Readers of all ages are invited to learn about digital downloading and experience LVCCLD’s eBook, audiobook, music, and video download service at this free community event. Please come out to our Digital Bookmobile event and chat with patrons, new and old. We are still looking for staff members to help out with this event!  In addition, during this two day event, there will be story times at the Digital Bookmobile, a book sale and lots of fun! For patrons who tour the Digital Bookmobile, they will receive an entry into the drawing on Saturday at 4pm for a Sony WiFi eReader.

A visit from the Digital Bookmobile will generate a lot of buzz around the downloadable website, so it is important that you get to know the basics of the service. Please plan to join us at the Digital Bookmobile event by helping out (send Lauren Stokes an email with day and time you would like to help) or just come out and visit.

I hope you can make it to this exciting event promoting our library.

Reader Advisory

How would you respond to a reader who asked if Guy Gavriel Kay had a new book coming out. Each of the responses below isn’t just about the service we provide. It is about the type of relationship we want to build with a reader.

Which of these responses to the Kay question are you most likely to use? Which do you use most often? Which ones do you think would create a positive relationship with the readers in your community?

When asked about Kay’s next book, you might:

  • Check resources and provide the answer. which ones would you use?
  • Ask about other books the reader has read and enjoyed.
  • Suggest other authors/titles the reader might enjoy based on what you have learned about them as a reader. Use Novelist to find read-a-likes.
  • Show the resources you used — or other resources that might be of interest to the reader.
  • Urge the reader to sign up for our library’s Science fiction/Fantasy newsletter or other book oriented newsletters.
  • Encourage the readers to rate titles that they have read and write reviews for them in the catalog (Ratings are also available in the eMedia Catalog) or share on social media such as FaceBook or Twitter.
  • Ask the reader if he would like to come to the library’s next Fantasy book club meeting.

Of course, not every  library will be able to provide all of these responses, but any of them is an opportunity to build stronger, deeper relationships with our readers. We do not want to be just a place that library users come to pick up the books they put on hold, but, through their interactions with us, we want to enrich their reading and their lives.

Gadgets in Credo Reference

Today we’re featuring the Credo Reference gadgets, which are right there every time you visit Credo Reference!



We’ve got a pretty neat assortment of gadgets, including Define, Person, Images, Pronunciations, Crossword Solver, Quotations, Holidays and Festivals, and Conversions. To highlight a few:

Crossword Solver: Get help with your crossword puzzles! For example, you can put something like pu??le and Credo Reference will search its dictionaries for six-letter works that begin with “pu” and end with “le.” You can also put in “itger,” and Credo Reference will unscramble the word into all the possibilities it can find.

Holidays and Festivals: This limits searches to entries categorized under “celebration.”

Conversions: You can choose types of measurements from the categories like area, distance, power, and energy, to name a few. You can also select precision with 4, 5, or 6 digits. Give it a try today!

Monday Morning Smile

Do you have any books on Genghis Khan and his Mongrel Hordes?
Linda Adams
Gibbs High School
Corryton, TN

Our Gale Virtual Reference Library has a host of information on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. There are a variety of reference books with information including:

eBooks Out Selling all other Formats

Ebooks have become the single bestselling category in American publishing for the first time in February.

The latest report shows that total ebook sales in February were $90.3m. This makes digital books the largest single format in the US for the first time ever, overtaking paperbacks at $81.2m. In January, ebooks were the second-largest category, behind paperbacks.

America’s ebooks enjoyed a 202.3% growth in sales in February compared with the same month the previous year. Print books fared much worse by contrast, with the combined category of adult hardback and paperback books falling 34.4% to $156.8m in February. The children and young adult category of print books fell 16.1% to $58.5m.

Read more..

Monday Morning Smile

“I need a short summary of the Civil War and World War II. Can I get just the key points?”
Will McElhaney
The Ohio State University – Newark
Newark, OH

U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.

Topical essays covering “The Civil War’ and “Pearl Harbor and American Involvement in World War II” provide a succinct overview of these conflicts as well as links to articles selected by subject experts, videos, images and much more.

Monday Morning Smile

a slow cooker Oval Crock Pot

Image via Wikipedia

“Can I sign up for the crackpot program?”
(The patron really wanted to sign up for the Crock Pot cooking program.)

Cynthia Blietz
Alsip-Merrionette Park Library
Alsip, IL

The Rival Company became a household word in the early 1970s with the introduction of the Rival Crock Pot, a slow cooker that literally changed the way dinners were made for many people. Other items manufactured include can openers, meat slicers, grinders, toasters, ice cream makers, space heaters, ceiling fans, shower head massagers, humidifiers, air purifiers, and others, according to International Directory of Company Histories (St. James Press), one of thousands of titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

New Videos

On The Librarian’s Brain – How-to-Videos page I have added additional videos on how to use Gale databases for U.S. History in Context and World History in Context.

There are three videos for each database and all of them are very short – less than 3 minutes each.  These videos are great for Library Staff as well as your patrons to get a snapshot of how to use these great databases.

Check them out today!

Monday Morning Smile

“I have a list of books by Lescroart. Can you tell me which ones I’ve read?”

C. Sutherlin
Mobile Public Library
Mobile, AL

John Thomas Lescroart (Pronounced “Les – qua”), writer, novelist, music producer and musician, is author of the “Dismas Hardy” mystery series – numbering twelve titles as of 2008’s “Betrayal,” according to Contemporary Authors.

By using the 5 star rating system for items in the catalog readers can create book lists for the titles they’ve read. You can also share your opinion with an online community of readers of the books you read by submitting a review. Or share on your Facebook, My Space or other social media page by selecting one of the social media icons.

To view your ratings and reviews, just log into MY ACCOUNT and select My Ratings or My Reviews.

Research Database User Survey

Washington State did a survey of library users from a variety of  public libraries in Washington State and asked whAdd Newat they use on the Library Website.  Most used it to search the library catalog and place holds but some did used it for research.  The public library survey results show what users used in the way of online databases. It makes for very interesting reading.  Do you think if we did a survey it would be much different?

The survey was administered by providing a link and image for public libraries to put on their websites. In the interest of user anonymity, they did not collect any information about which users came from which libraries, which means that they cannot parse out data based on library size. This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that started the survey. 1,209 library users started the survey, with 90.1% (1,089 library users) completing it.

Electronic Resources for Library Users – Survey Report and Analysis

Electronic Resources for Library Users – Complete Survey Results with Comments

Librarians: Need some last minute ideas for February programming?

From: The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center by jevanchek Jan 7, 2011 7:48 AM – Show original item

If you’re focusing on American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day (February 4, 2011), African American History Month, and/or Valentine’s Day in February, here are some Quick & Easy ideas that are not too late to incorporate.

Quick & Easy

Use these printable coloring pages and activities with your Heart Health story time, teen time, or any time at all:

This is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re now publishing library programming ideas 3 months in advance. See our complete postings for February National Heart Month & African American History Month, March Nutrtion and St. Patrick’s Day and April Autism Awareness Month.

Traffic and eBook checkout records SMASHED over Christmas holiday

Traffic at ‘Virtual Branch’ websites – Nov. 26-Dec. 31 smashed!

If you need any evidence of the popularity of eBooks in the library, all you need to do is look at what happened over the past week. Despite some issues caused by a surge in activity, traffic, checkouts, and new user registration records were smashed over the Christmas holiday–all thanks to eBooks.

For the first time ever, eBooks out-circulated audiobooks at libraries’ ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. Audiobooks are still very popular and increasing in circulation, but this momentum for eBook downloads shows that the format has gone mainstream at libraries.

Library eBook circulation has steadily grown over the past month, starting on Nov. 26, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday. (Like Christmas, many people had new devices, thanks to Black Friday deals, plus they had time to use them.)

To show you what happened in one month, we’ve compared usage from Nov. 26-28 (around US Thanksgiving) to Dec. 25-27 (around Christmas).

  • eBook checkouts increased a staggering 93%
  • Visits to ‘Virtual Branch’ websites were up 60%
  • Pageviews were up nearly 70%

Needless to say, Christmas and the days following were the three biggest for library downloads ever. As a whole, 2010 was even more impressive. We’ll have the full stats for 2010 coming next week, so stay tuned.

Dan Stasiewski is a marketing associate for OverDrive.

Our eMedia Catalog broke a record checkout in the month of December with 12,151 checkouts and all time high for page views of 27,607 on December 26.

Our 2009 checkouts in December totaled 3,966 with ebooks checkouts at 1198 vs 2010 ebook checkouts at 2520 a 48% increase.

Monday Morning Smile – Wazoo

“What kind of musical instrument is a wazoo?”

Wendy Turnbull

New Westminster Public Library
New Westminster, BC, Canada

The “Original American Kazoo” is still made in the city of Eden, New York, and though the factory itself may no longer be toured, there is still a visitors center that explains modern production methods as well as West African origins of the instrument. Established in 1916, this is now the world’s only metal kazoo factory, according to Profiles of New York State – 2009-2010 (Grey House Publishing), one of thousands of titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Even though we don’t own this book you can find reference for  kazoo in Gale Virtual Reference Library . If you select the first entry you can see how it translates into English and also try using the Credo Reference link in Gale Virtual Reference Library to find more information about the kazoo.