Snow Day Reading Challenge

Well, we are on day three of being out of school due to cold and snow, so, Mrs. Wells has decided to offer a special Snow Day challenge.

Here are the rules:
1.  Read a book (any book that is your level. It could be from the library at school or your personal collection.)  It can be a book you checked out last week when we were in school as well.
2.  Google or check YouTube for samples of book trailers.   There are some AWESOME ones out there. Book trailers are quick and easy grabbers to a book.  They are like the trailers you see at the movie theater before the actual movie begins.
3.  On your school device, you have a program called MovieMaker.  It is built in.  Play around with it.  It is very easy to use.   Find some pictures, find some video, find some audio.  Look for Creative Commons, like I have mentioned before.   Assemble a movie about the book.  It only needs to be 30 seconds to a minute.   You can do clips and a voice over, you can record yourself talking about the book, whatever you feel is the way to get people excited.
4.  Save the document on your computer and stop in the library when we get back from weather days.  Mrs. Wells will help you transfer it to her.

The library staff will watch the trailers and choose the best one.  The winner will get 2 coffee shoppe coupons. Everyone who submits one gets their name in a drawing for a coffee shoppe coupon.

So... what are you going to read Hamilton?  Mrs. Well is finishing Beautiful Darkness and Insurgent.

Great Animal books

What does the Fox Say?  The fox says... READ!

The Hamilton Library Learning commons has a great collection of animal related books.  We have titles that will inspire you and titles that will make you laugh.   Our theme for the month of January is animal type books.

We pulled lots of fantastic titles for you to enjoy, including the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and the Erin Hunter Warriors series.  Looking for something inspirational?  Try Dewey, the book about a special cat that lived in a library.  Or maybe Marley and Me, the story of a naught dog.

We also have several classic titles about animals as well.   Stop in and look for something about an animal to read.  See the desk staff for help.

New Releases Jan. 14, 2014

Social media and Displays in the library

We moved to the genre format three years back, but we found that there were still genre that were not being checked out so we put our heads together and started creating inventive ways to share our genre with the students.  We started developing bulletin board displays in the hallway and making a selection of books available to the students in the media center.  We pulled titles that don't circulate a lot, but would be well loved if they did and voilĂ , a great way to share with students our selection of the month.

A few months we have gone way overboard.  We joined forces with the Student Council/ Spirit Club and made our theme go along with their spirit week.  We had a Zombie themed October and the Spirit Club had a Zombie war the last week of the month.  Kids tried to turn each other into zombies.  It was awesome!  We even had a few kids show up wearing zombie makeup.  

No matter what we do to share our displays, we rely heavily on several social media platforms to present the information to as many as we can.  We have a twitter account (@hamiltoncommlib) that is linked to our YouTube account and our Facebook account.   We have a Pinterest account as well. We are also working on a Flickr account or Picasa to keep track of all of the images we take.  We feel sharing as much information as I can makes people more aware of what is out there for them. It makes us feel like we are doing something right for our students.   Each week, we make an Animoto video with our new releases and put it on our school library blog/website. 

We have some hits and some people check them out.  All in all, we are pleased with the use of social media and how it is helping build PR for the library.