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Encourage Your Patrons to Read Diversely

Have you ever thought to yourself “Diverse books don’t circulate in my library because my community isn’t actually diverse”? While you may feel your community is not diverse, a lack of diversity may not be the reason why diverse titles aren’t circulating. It may be that you as the librarian need to make your patrons aware of these titles and promote why your patrons might enjoy them. Have you ever chosen not to purchase books because you think they are too “diverse” to circulate in your library? They definitely won’t circulate if they are not on the shelves! Remember that books don’t have to be about diversity, they can simply be diverse.

Once you’ve purchased them, what can you do in your library to help get books circulating?

  • You probably already do book displays, but do they highlight diversity in your collection? Try using an infographic to help people select a good match. There’s no need to make the display only about diversity, simply incorporate diversity into displays you already have planned.
  • If you do a program such as Blind Date with a Book, be sure to include some diverse choices. The whole idea of a Blind Date program is to get patrons to try something new that they might not usually read.
  • Diversity in YA, a blog which highlights “young adult books about all kinds of diversity,” has a guide for how to encourage diversity in your collection. One of the suggestions is “recommend diversity.” What’s one primary reason books are often popular? Because people are talking about them! Kids in particular want to read what everyone else is reading, so talking about books will go a long way toward getting them to circulate. Even adult patrons come in asking for books they heard about on TV or the radio. Once you have the momentum of word of mouth, you will see increased circulation. What are some ways to talk about books?
    • Mention titles in your weekly article in the newspaper
    • Mention titles on Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
    • Mention titles at book club meetings
    • Work with the school librarian to cross-promote
  • If you’ve never tried book trailers, try featuring them on your library website or Facebook page. Not all books have them, but you can find them on YouTube, or you can try the website of the author or the publisher.
  • You can’t read everything, so familiarize yourself with websites that can help you advise readers on what books they might like. Also, the State Library offers access to NoveList (under Books & Literature), another great resource for connecting readers and books.
  • If you don’t usually do book talks, read up on how to do a book talk and try it with some titles you’ve enjoyed.

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Upcoming Library Grants and Awards

dollar signEBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award is an annual recognition bestowed upon a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less in a manner demonstrating excellent service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. The award honors a public library for all or any of the following: uniqueness of service of program; impact of program or service on community; how the service or program will affect the future of the library and its community. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

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ALA Trustee Citation

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The ALA Trustee Citation recognizes public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, symbolizing and honoring the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. The award is presented during the ALA Annual Conference and equal consideration is given to trustees of libraries of all sizes.

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Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest

Deadline: December 15, 2014

The Pizzigati Prize annually awards a $10,000 cash grant to one individual who has created or led an effort to create an open source software product of significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change.

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Otto Bremer Foundation

Deadline: January 7, 2015

Otto Bremer Foundation funds proposals consistent with the Foundation’s mission of assisting people in achieving full economic, civic, and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Grants are only available to organizations in Bremer Bank Communities.

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Resources Grant (YALSA)

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Libraries administering summer reading programs that are open to teens, who are within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, and who have a librarian who is a personal member of YALSA are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to purchase resources that will bolster their teen summer reading program.

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2014 Morris Awards

CharmStrange4The William C. Morris Award is awarded by the Young Adult Library Services Association to a debut author of a young adult novel. This year the award went to Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn.

The other finalists were:

To learn more about the authors and their books, read the reviews of the books and the interviews with the authors at The Hub:

Have you read any of them? According to WorldCat, not many North Dakota libraries have them, so you may not have had a chance yet. Is being an award winner or finalist enough for you to consider adding a book to your collection? What else influences your decision? Share your opinions in the comments.

2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently announced the nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards.

In the running for best novel are:

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  • Ironskin by Tina Connolly
  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

The nominees for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy are:

  • Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
  • Black Heart by Holly Black
  • Above by Leah Bobet
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Railsea by China Miéville
  • Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
  • Above World by Jenn Reese

Voting opens March 1st, but there’s still plenty of time to read the titles you missed before the winners are announced in mid-May. More information is available on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site.

Tell us about your favorites (and who you think was panned) in the comments!

2013 Award Winners

Earlier this week, ALA announced the winners of several awards.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
For the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

The One and Only Ivan

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
For the most distinguished American picture book for children.

This Is Not My Hat

In Darkness by Nick Lake
For excellence in literature written for young adults.

In Darkness

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
For a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.


For a complete list of award winners and honor books, check out the ALA press release. If you have any of these books in your collection, be sure to put them on display!