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Ocean City Library’s OC Reads Shares Learning Experiences

Ocean City Library, OC Reads

Ocean City Library’s Adult Programming Librarian, Julie Brown, shares some great insights from their Community Reads program, OC Reads: I would recommend working with community groups and organizations as much as possible for tie-in programming. Reach out to local school groups, musical groups, local speakers and community leaders, and see if they will share their talents, skills, expertise, passions, and knowledge as they relate to the program.

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Stark County One Book Shares Industry Tips

Stark County Library, One Book One Community

Stark County Library’s Literacy Coordinator Julia Shaheen shares some valuable insights about Stark County’s One Book One Community program: what advice or tips can you share with us about starting and hosting a Community Reads program? If someone is looking to start a Community Reads program, it is important to work with local organizations. This really helps with promotion and marketing across the county. It is also important to choose books that appeal to a wide variety of people including students, families, book club attendees, library, and non-library users, etc.

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Author Interview: Lori Ostlund on After the Parade

Lori Ostlund, After the Parade

In this BIC Author Interview, Lori Ostlund speaks about After the Parade and engendering kindness and compassion, battling bullying, and embracing diversity — important discussions for virtually every campus and community.

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Author Interview with T.C. Boyle

TC Boyle

I can look back and see that right from the beginning my principal concerns have been biological and environmental (my first book, a collection of stories, is called Descent of Man, after all). On the surface, The Tortilla Curtain, may be about illegal immigration from Mexico, but the subtext explores our species’ impact on the environment. And, of course, in 2000, I published A Friend of the Earth, which deals with global warming and the ethics of ecotage.

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: Finding the Ideal Author Without Breaking the Bank

The most common limitation for colleges, libraries and other literary event planners is the same: dollars and cents. Concurrently, the most common goal is also shared: bring in speakers who will attract the largest crowd, energize the audience, and create quality programming that people will talk about long after the stage lights have dimmed. So, how do event planners reconcile the two?

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What’s in a Name?

Contrary to what many coordinators assume, a famous author doesn’t always ensure instant success for their Common Reads Program. Librarians who rely on circulation numbers are often missing out on up-and-coming titles; university administrators who require a book-to-film component are underestimating their readers; and most importantly, venues that insist on visiting authors with household name […]

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Venues Big and Small: How Anyone Can Afford to Host Author Events

Hosting an author for a literary event is an engaging way to generate new readers, and inspire those who already like to read. But finding the money to bring in a well-known author can be daunting. However, budget limitations should not make hosting authors a non-starter. Consider holding a ticketed, VIP reception with the author […]

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Go for the Gold!

Janice Hughes

Congratulations to Janice Hughes, who manages the East Coast region for Books in Common! This past week, she won not one but two awards at the 9th Annual Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards.  Janice took home both Gold and Bronze in the White Paper category. At Books In Common we strive for excellence in serving […]

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