Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in our training sessions this September with Nancy Pearl. We’re offering six half-hour sessions, spread over two days — join us for one, or all six! 

The first 15 minutes of each session will be recorded, so our libraries can use them to support further staff development, as mini-trainings, in staff meetings, and so forth. In these live sessions, the last 15 minutes will be saved for participants to ask Nancy questions and have an open discussion about the topic at hand.

Please see our August newsletter for more information, and for a link to register.

Our Summer of Programming Continues

This summer, we have been experimenting with a variety of online programs to help staff at our libraries see the possibilities in reaching out to their online reading communities — and also to show how to incorporate more video from programming into your catalog following the program.
We have three more programs scheduled for the summer:
Friday, August 22 at 2pm Eastern: Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and An Italian Wife (W.W. Norton)
we’re using Hangouts on Air — join us at the event page, where you can watch and submit questions.
Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern: Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press)
we’re using GoToMeeting; log in on the day of the program using to attend.
Thursday, September 4 at 7pm Eastern: Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist (Algonquin)
we’re using Hangouts on Air — and a select group of participants will be able to be part of the program, mixing up cocktails with Amy! We will also be streaming the program via the event page

Our past programs:

Betsy Bird (NYPL, Fuse8) interviewed Mara Rockliff and Eliza Wheeler, author and illustrator of The Grudge Keeper; watch the video off the catalog page for The Grudge Keeper in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, at NYPL).

Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue! and Lives in Ruins; watch on the catalog pages for Marilyn’s books in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, on the page for This Book is Overdue in NYPL’s catalog).

John Searles, author of Help for the Haunted; watch on the catalog page for Help for the Haunted in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, at NYPL).

You can also read more about why we are doing this and the other past programs in the series, featuring a livestreamed event, a Facebook chat, and an online book club.

We all remember the beautifully and delicately illustrated Beatrix Potter stories from our youth. On Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern, our online programming series continues with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press), which looks at Potter’s gardens and her inspirations.

We will be using GoToMeeting for this program — to attend, all you need to do is visit on the day of the program, and you’ll be able to see Marta’s beautiful photos, as well as participate in a Q & A at the end of the program.

Due to copyright with some of the images, only a portion of the program will be recorded — so be sure to schedule some time in your day to attend!

This program is part of our ongoing series of online programming, intended to help staff at our libraries experiment with different kinds of programming tools and see the possibilities for serving online reading communities. In addition, these types of online programs make for excellent user generated content in your BiblioCommons catalog.

Join us August 22 at 2pm Eastern for a discussion with Ann Hood (Norton), author of An Italian Wife. 

We’ll hold a Google Hangout with Ann, well-known for her earlier book The Knitting Circle and for her other knitting works. An Italian Wife is her newest novel.

Before August 22, earn your Ann Hood author fan badge, and then earn a badge for taking part in the online discussion.

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This online program is part of our series designed to celebrate author fan badges. We’ve arranged with several publishers to have their authors take part in online programming opportunities, which we hope our libraries, and their patrons, will take advantage of. Feel free to add them to your summer programming lists — this one is perfect for staff and patrons who would like to experiment with online book clubs.

Between the user generated content in BiblioCommons catalogs, author fan badges, and online programs, libraries can really celebrate their online reading communities this summer. In addition to digital badges for interacting with the catalog, attending programs, completing challenges, visiting libraries, taking part in summer learning opportunities, and more, libraries will have the ability to highlight their online reading communities through digital fan badges. Imagine if, when in your library catalog, you as a reader are prompted to become a fan of a favorite author — say, Rainbow Rowell — and then, by declaring yourself a fan, you have the ability to see who else in your community is a fan and interact more deeply with Rainbow’s books and your fellow fans? Pretty cool, right?



Join BiblioCommons and nypl and schoollibraryjournal's Betsy Bird (@FuseEight on Twitter) on Monday, August 11 at 8pm EDT for the next in our series of online programs, as Betsy leads a discussion with author Mara Rockliff (left) and illustrator Eliza Wheeler (right) on their picture book The Grudge Keeper (Peachtree).

Intended for adults, this program will highlight the collaborative process between the author and the illustrator through their own stories, notes, and sketches, as well as sharing how we adults can truly appreciate the picture book medium.

This program is part of our ongoing series to highlight how libraries can take advantage of common tools, including BiblioCommons, to serve their online reading community. For this program, we’ll be using a product many of us are quite familiar with: GoToMeeting! With its easy ability to share screens, highlight visual content, have multiple speakers, and mute the audience until Q&A time, GoToMeeting is a great resource for this kind of program.

All you need to attend is the following information:

1.  Please join my meeting, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT.
2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117
Access Code: 182-359-194
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 182-359-194

We don’t want you to miss this WONDERFUL opportunity to learn more about the collaborative process of creating a picture book and see GoToMeeting in a new light — it’s not just for webinars.

The Book Pushers: Martin Walker’s BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE

Don’t miss Johnson County Library's Gregg and our Stephanie talking books in their monthly series, The Book Pushers. This month, it’s Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police.


Gregg and Stephanie share titles that library staff might want to know about — and also share their user generated content in the catalog. The full article is available on our Partner Portal; for a list of the titles they have both enjoyed, see The Book Pushers: Stephanie & Gregg Talk Books.


Hot off the press, the Library Reads August 2014 list! 

We’ve got the first in a new series from library fav Chelsea Cain. Lev Grossman wraps up the adventures of Magician’s trilogy. A BEA Buzz book: The Miniaturist

New books from staff and patron favorites Amy Bloom, Liane Moriarty, John Scalzi, and Thirty Umrigar. Everyone’s favorite mother and son writing team bring us latest historical mystery in An Unwilling Accomplice

And a little something, something for the romance readers from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Katie MacAlister.  

Happy reading!

Just a reminder: your library can have the monthly LibraryReads list available automatically, by choosing for it to display in your “Awards and Bestsellers” section. Contact your Project Manager to turn it on!