Category Archives: Library

Video Zine Review

The first of, hopefully, many – here is the first video zine review.  I already have the second one all thought through.  It won’t be nearly as long. And, frankly, it’ll be much more entertaining.

I get to do this at work.  That’s pretty rad.


Me and My Boss’s, Boss’s, Boss’s Boss.

The Mayor.

Graphic Novel Workshop for parents and kids at the Main Library – Jan 15th at 3pm

On January 15th you and your child have the opportunity to learn why reading graphic novels are “really” reading! Katie Monnin, one of the most enthusiastic speakers I’ve ever heard, is coming to the Main Library.  She’s published two successful books about the literary merits of graphic novels, how to use them in the classroom, and why they rock!   As a parent, you get to come learn the who-what-when-why of you and your children reading graphic novels together, and your kids get to come and participate in a graphic novel creation activity.
It’s case it isn’t clear why this is awesome. 

1. The library is promoting graphic novels as quality reading for children to parents.  This ain’t yr grandma’s library program.

2. Having a program with an academic presenter on this topic is sort of a big deal.  We like to act like we know what we’re talking about, but those academic people really do!

3. Katie Monnin is awesome.  She’s was the speaker at our Children’s and Teen Department staff retreat last year and fully killed it.  This will most certainly be great, and educational, times had by all.

Constantly awesome library times.

Storytime today was about harvest.  More specifically Hip Hop Harvest w/ special guest Flava Flav.  We made food necklaces complete with clocks on them.  Next week is the time change, so check your clocks ya’ll!
After lunch… meeting with a rad UNF professor who is doing a class for parents at the library about why graphic novels are good for kids.  Then meeting with Pete from Sweet Pete’s about doing an awesome candy making class for kids.

Good times!


Library Book Vending Machine

The Toronto Public Library is looking at setting up a vending machine for library books.  The plan is for the kiosk to be set up at Union Station.

A lot of comments on the news site basically said “why bother? Everyone uses digital media readers anyway.”

Well, you can already get digital media online.  From A) everywhere, and B) the library.  A kiosk to hook up you I-Pad to download a book, uses the same technology you used in 1990 when you asked you mom to get off the phone so you could get online.

To me, libraries have always been about breaking economic barriers between people.  Focusing on readers who don’t have a Kindle sounds like a great idea.

Although – where would we put one of these in Jacksonville? We have so many branches as it is…

Jacksonville Library Hours

So the library hours are restored now.

The Jacksonville City Council’s Finance Committee has tentatively approved restoring the hours to five library branches where services were cut earlier this year. The committee agreed to reduce the Jacksonville Public Library’s materials budget by approximately $540,000 in order to free up money to finance the restored library hours.

Earlier this year, five library branches’ operating hours were reduced to 20 a week. In addition, the Sunday hours were eliminated at four regional libraries.

Taken from The Times Union article here.

Excellent timing, too.   A recent survey released this year by OCLC, a nonprofit library co-operative and research organization, found that public libraries in the U.S. lend an average 2.1 million videos every day. That’s just over the 2 million that Netflix ships. The report stated that the other top competitors, Redbox and Blockbuster, register at 1.4 million and 1.2 million. That makes sense.  I’ve literally had Blockbuster employees tell me they use the library and Netflix.

And frankly, I can’t help but think of libraries as being a bit more personal and friendly as well.  Plus, we have books, and programs such as teaming up with WJCT for Voices of The First Coast.  Our own homegrown Storycorps project.

This all reminds me of this most excellent advertisement I remember seeing for Gainesville’s Video Rodeo.

As much as I love it, I’m glad libraries are winning the ‘circulation standoff’ and don’t have to run ads such as these.

Valet Parking

No toddler or parent can go wrong with these storytimes!  My storytimes now offer full service valet parking.