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Week Seven Prompt - Celebrity Book Clubs

The celebrity book club that interests me is the one that Emma Watson started, Shared Shelf, I am a huge Harry Potter and Emma Watson fan. When I heard that she was starting a book club focusing on Women’s equality it perked my interest. I think this is a very important topic in today’s society and I think it’s relevant to her work as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador.
Emma Watson’s Feminist Book Club.
The book the Shared Shelf is currently reading.
I don’t think celebrity book clubs are a bad thing, anything that gets people to read is good in my opinion. I think Oprah’s book club was very beneficial to authors and publishers alike and helped revitalize interest in book clubs. I was curious to see what other celebrities have book clubs and found an interesting article from USA Today. I plan on checking many of these out!
I discuss books with my friends and have started sharing what books I am reading on social media as well. I have enjoyed this because it has sparked some conversations abo…

Horror Annotation

Author: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan Title: The Strain Genre: Horror Publication Date: June 2, 2009 Number of Pages: 403 Geographical Setting: New York City, New York Time Period: Present Series: The Strain Trilogy

Summary: A plane arrives at JFK and as soon as it lands everything goes black. A doctor from the CDC that investigates biological threats finds all but four people aboard the plane dead from no apparent cause. In less than 24 hours the bodies of the deceased are missing and the city is faced with a vampiric virus that could destroy life as we know it. Will a former professor that survived the Holocaust be able to help stop the spread of the virus before it's too late? Characteristics of Horror Genre: The book contains a creepy and suspenseful tone throughout the story and the ending is unresolved, both classic features of the horror genre. The monsters in this story are of a supernatural nature, however; the author provides a scientific explanation to make the story more…

Week 6 Prompt

I would like to promote our zombie horror collection next month, I have some ideas that I am very excited about.
My idea consists of three displays, one by the main entrance, one by the fiction section and a display in the teen section.

The first display would be rather simple and its purpose would be to catch the public’s attention. The display consists of a large green hand made of cardboard and paper holding a Zombies for Dummies book. I would also integrate some of the library’s more popular Zombie movies into this display for patrons to easily check out. This display would go at the main entrance with guidance on where to find more information.

The second display features a poster from Random House highlighting their published Zombie books. This display would be placed in the fiction section with the books we have from the poster out as well for patrons to easily pick up and check out. Zombie memorabilia will make a great addition to this display. I would also post the information …

Week Five Prompt

For this week's prompt, I want to start a conversation about the different types of reviews. Different publications review different types of books and they allow different types of conversations. For example, Booklist will not publish negative reviews, while, as you have all seen, Kirkus has no problems with it. Ebook only books, which are increasingly popular (especially in the romance genre) see little to no reviews in professional publications unless they have a big name author, and then still it's usually only RT Reviews (formally Romantic Times) or other genre heavy publications. How does this affect collection development?
I think this can effect collection development depending on the library's collection development practices. It is my belief that a librarian should consult reviews before purchasing books for the collection. I would personally consult multiple review sources and not base a purchase based on one review. However, Booklist, Kirkus and Library Journal …

The Jewel - A Kirkus Style Review

The JewelBy: Amy Ewing Publisher: HarperTeen Date: September 2, 2014 Series: The Lone City

Violet enters servitude in the Jewel when she is auctioned off as a surrogate to the royalty, but a forbidden love threatens the balance of their whole world.
Violet, born and raised in the marsh, has been raised to be a surrogate since a young age.  It was not by choice that she entered this arrangement, the royals may have wealth but they are unable to have their own children, necessitating another arrangement. Violet is greeted with a slap by the Duchess and soon realizes she will have to fight to survive in this treacherous world full of lies, backstabbing, and violence. One bright light in the Jewel is a hired companion to the Duchess's niece, but he is one thing she can't have. The author does a fabulous job looking at the issue of a caste system and how those relationships work when the people start to realize their importance.
This book will appeal to YA readers that enjoyed The Selec…

Secret Shopper Assignment

For this assignment, I went to my local library. I felt comfortable choosing this location because I have not been there recently, my school library has been meeting my needs.
Upon arriving at the library I approached the reference desk, where the reference librarian was sitting.  I told the librarian that I was wanting to try a new genre, horror, something written in the last five years.  Her immediate response was that was not her area and she really didn’t know, but she could show me the paperbacks they had that were horror and they should be more modern.
On the way to the paperback section, she stopped at the circulation desk upon seeing the circulation manager. She told him I was looking for a horror book. He responded with “That’s not my area”, she agreed with him but asked for his assistance. He recommended anything by Stephen King, he is classic horror, try anything that was made into a movie, the older stuff, such as The It, The Stand, The Shining, and Carrie. He did say that…