Episode Two Materials: Library Materials

Seed library at the Dunedin Public Library
This week we talk about the fun and interesting materials you might find in a library!

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People’s vision of a library tends to revolve around books and computers, and of course we have those things. But there is so much more available!

Here are links to some of the material we discuss:


Books we are reading:


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott. ““Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'””


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs “A mysterious island.

 An abandoned orphanage.

 A strange collection of very curious photographs.

 It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”


You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, by Phoebe Robinson “Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn’t that . . . white people music?”); she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can’t Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.” (Mary’s note: I listened to the audio book, and I recommend that format; Phoebe reads it herself and is so funny!)

Casino Infernale (Secret Histories #7), by Simon R. Green “My name is Drood, Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond. For generations my family has protected you ordinary mortals against things that lurk in the darkness, just out of sight, but not at all out of mind. Unfortunately, I’ve had a falling-out with my near and dear (some of whom were trying to kill me), so my true love and powerful witch, Molly Metcalf, and I are now in the employ of the Department of the Uncanny. We’ve been given an Extremely Important Assignment: Attend Casino Infernale, an annual event held by the Shadow Bank, financiers of all global supernatural crime. Our mission: Rig the game and bring down the Shadow Bank. But at Casino Infernale, the stakes are high indeed—winner takes all, and losers give up their souls…”



Spotlight Library of the Week:

This week our Spotlight Library is the Chelmsford Public Library. This is a library that has a lot of great innovation in their programming and services, as well as materials!



Bonus Material:

Collection Development

If your library could use a brush-up in your collection, or in your policies, here is some material for you!


Other Non-Traditional Library Materials

From the Public Library Association: (Check their website for more information!)

Technology Lending

Check Out a Library Hotspot, February 24, 2016
Article: Public Libraries Online
Public Libraries Online blogpost on public libraries lending WiFi hotspots to patrons.
Bridging the Tech Gap: Libraries Across the Country Lend Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots, September 11, 2015
Article: American Libraries Magazine
American Libraries Magazine article on WiFi hotspot lending and the digital divide in the United States.
Start Your Own Mobile Device Lending Program, September 23, 2015
Article: TechSoup For Libraries
TechSoup For Libraries blogpost featuring suggestions on how to start a mobile device lending program at your library.
Managing Mobile: Library Device Checkout Made Easy, September 16, 2015
Webinar: TechSoup For Libraries
Archived webinar sponsored by TechSoup For Libraries on managing a mobile device lending program for items such as Kindles, iPads, and Google Chromebooks.
Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries, January 31, 2012
Webinar: OCLC WebJunction

Archived webinar sponsored by OCLC WebJunction focusing on developing lending policies for mobile devices.

Seed Libraries

Simple Steps to Starting a Seed Library, January 5, 2015
Article: Public Libraries Online
Public Libraries Online article on ways to start a lending seed collection at your public library.
Not Your Garden-Variety Library: Planting a Seed Library Yields Community Connections, January 5, 2015
Article: American Libraries Magazine
American Libraries Magazine article on how a lending seed collection builds community relations.
Seed Libraries and State Laws, December 8, 2014
Article: American Libraries Magazine
American Libraries Magazine blogpost focusing on legal issues relating to lending seed collections.

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