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February 9th, 2009

Page history last edited by Tara Bannon 11 years, 5 months ago

In Attendance:

Katherine Bertone bertonek@bouldercolorado.gov

Beth Armstrong armstrongb@boulder.lib.co.us

Victoria Boone vboone@highplains.us

Sheryl Ditton sditton@jefferson.lib.co.us

Marie McColley mccolley@jefferson.lib.co.us

Dedra Anderson danderson@dclibraries.org

Carol Wagstaff cwagstaff@dclibraries.org

Deann Carpenter dcarpenter@dclibraries.org

Jill Kidder jkidder@dclibraries.org

Laura Johnson ljohnson@dclibraries.org

Bobby "New Daddy" Erskine berskine@rangeviewld.org

Barbara Durland barbdurland@gmail.com

Kathe Fletcher kfletcher@cityofwestminster.us

Alice Kober akober@ald.lib.co.org

Stephanie Klausner klausner_s@cde.state.co.us

Tara Bannon tbannon@denverlibrary.org


Book Recommendations:

Good Series to Recommend – If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series, try Lisa Lutz, The Spellman Files – the third one is coming out this Spring – Spellman Files – dysfunctional and fun – set in San Francisco

Another Janet Evanovich readlike – Jennifer Colt – Mangler of Malibu Canyon, Vampire of Venice Beach – two twin sisters who ride a pink Harley have a private investigations business

The Help by Katherine Stockkitt – set in Mississippi – three women of differing backgrounds and how they bond over their special project

Etta – based on story of Etta Place from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid –fictionalized account of her life. Meets Eleanor Roosevelt!

Roger Smith’s Mixed Blood – set in South Africa – American criminal who is on the run with his family and go to South Africa where he only finds more trouble

Meredith Duran – Duke of Shadows – first time author – used to review for Dedra – dialogue is a “step above” – really good historical romance – set in Victorian India

Wesley the Owl – for the Marley and Me, Good Good Pig and Dewey lovers

Good bookclub question – are there any animal stories where they don’t die at the end….

Herriott - “All My Patient Have Tales”

The Various Flavors of Coffee – turn of the century (ooooh, there’s sex in it!) a man who is a dandy who can really describe the taste of his cup of coffee who is approached by someone who wants to make a coffee dictionary … society of London at the time.. Ethiopia coffee trade – colonists

Blindspot – by duo of historians – Jill LaPour and Jane Kaminsky – ribald sexual escapade – paraphrase and use true historic documents and tells the story of a handsome Scotsman who is escaping his debtors and comes to Boston – around 1764… he’s a portrait painter and a girl disguised as a boy becomes her assistant. Plus a mystery subplot. Website offers more in-depth information. Written in Victorian language style.

Good Thief – Hannah – one handed orphan – very Dickens

Beat the Reaper – Shocker – Chuck Palahniuk – quick read –

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – German occupation of Guernsey – epistolary fiction

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – plodding – speculative dog breeding – He’s writing a prequel on the grandfather

The Lace Reader – looked good, good premise – stolen idea from Song Reader?

Sandra Brown – Play Dirty – Ricochet – Romantic Suspense – writing getting better – great male point of view.

Linda Howard – every so often great, then clunker. Good nookie in the latest assassin one Dark Angel – not even kinda plausible

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – get chosen in a lottery to participate in a fight to the death. If you win, your zone benefits. Reality TV. Dark, but relevant to today.

Feed – Anderson – Science Fiction at Ridgemont High – laid back tone – good discussion book for free will and thinking

Little Brother – Cory Doctorow

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Adoration of Jenny Fox – YA – futuristic – if you replace parts of a person, how much is really left? Good thinker. – what is the nature of being?

Elsewhere – brings up a lot of issues but you don’t get closure – the afterlife “light”

Reluctant Fundamentalist – Hamid – Great book discussion book – man from Pakistan is living in the U.S. until 9/11 when everything starts to unravel.

Loving Frank – still a great pick

T.C. Boyle – The Women about all the women in his Frank Lloyd Wright

Alison Weir – Lady Elizabeth – premise that Elizbeth had a daughter

Virgin Queen’s Daughter -

New Alison Weir – true story of the mistress of the John of Gaunt. Children became ancestors of presidents, tudors, etc.

Unwind by Neil Shusterman – abortion much later in life – at 13 can decide anytime in their teens if they can unwind them and use their body for spare parts

Geraldine Brooks – People of the Book – was amazing best of the 3



Jefferson County just started Next Reads – getting lots of requests – time consuming -  send at least 10-15 title suggestions – patron fill out requests – form based RA – mostly filled out online can print off but not that usually done

Email for mccolley@jefferson.lib.co.us - for form based RA attachment – 68 requests have been claimed by staff since Jan. Christian/Inspiration fiction is the toughest. Jean Ward gave a talk on the topic. Westminster has a constant display since it’s a toughie. Jward@cityofwestminster.us

Margaret Coel was at ALD in November. Wonderful presentation.

Display of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die – have customer’s suggest what THEY think the books they must read before they die.

Big Read – Fahrenheit 451 – Connie Willis spoke on Science Fiction – determined to continue to work with local authors. For National Library Week – Authors showcase – 15 or 16 already lined up to attend. Carbon Valley Branch.

Every Fall (August) at Jefferson County gets a National Author at Bel-Mar shopping center  - Amy Tan, Alexander Mccall Smith, - draw at least 300 people – partner with Barnes & Noble – tickets ahead of time. Cocktail party with author for extra fee before hand. Evergreen has had a few authors – Diane Mott Davidson.

Author Extravaganza – David Baldacci – Fallish – At the Wildlife Experience. @Douglas Public Library – charge everyone to hear the author? Cart in Children’s Department of the latest and greatest for the busy mom’s. Cart available for during storytime for the adults. 60 or so titles on display. Duplicate copies of bestsellers. All fiction.

Smoky Hill had a paperback only sale. Sold over 6000 books. Above and beyond the regular Koelbel sale.

Two local libraries participate and placed in the Frommer's Library Display Contest. Westminster won the Grand Prize. View their winning entry here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbTpdF5kkY0. See photos of the other entries here http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-301897.html including the 3rd place entry (done by yours truly). Since Westminster won the Grand Prize, they get a very special visit from Pauline and Arthur Frommer. The Frommers' Event with Pauline and Arthur Frommer is Saturday, May 9, 11-1 at College Hill Library. 


Reading Programs:

Anybody do a staff bookclub? Alice does at ALD after hours. About a dozen people but not district wide. Book talking club as alternative – each talks up a book they like. Tough because of staffing, schedules, etc. Westminster – twice a year. Encourage new staff especially. In book clubs looking for new ideas. What Do I Read Next?

Winter Reading Program from Adults – Warm up with a good book – read three books get a mug with the library name on it. BookLovers Open House with author at Greeley and other locations as well. Book club kits, database show n tell, have books to give away. Borders, Barnes and Noble also participate…


Extra Cool Stuff:

The Talking Book Library is AMAZING! I strongly suggest contacting Stephanie Klausner for more information.

Contact information for David Wroblewski – You can contact Michael McKenzie at Harper Collins (212) 207-7952  or Michael.mckenzie@harpercollins.com

GoodReads – good plug Bobby! Almost 40% of staff has signed up. Discussions, polls, etc. Amongst staff encourages RA.

LibraryThing tagging – Rangeview and High Plains



Since we've last seen him, Bobby Erskine is now a Daddy! Congratulations, Bobby!

Since we've last seen her, Alice Kober is now the Collection Development Librarian for Fiction at the Arapahoe Library District! Congratulations, Alice!

The Readers' Advisory workshop will be May 27th, 2009 from 10 am to 6pm at the Central branch of the Denver Public Library. We WILL have David Wright. Even at these early planning stages, it is shaping up to be a great event.

Keep an eye out on the Wiki... I will be adding all sorts of stuff very soon (read, as soon as I find the time, hopefully Friday!)

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