Saturday, March 12, 2011


Earthquakes (True Books)My JapanNational Geographic Countries of the World: JapanJapan (Enchantment of the World. Second Series)

The Big WaveMost libraries have a place for displays. Most of our display space is reserved for new books. The rest is for seasonal displays-- upcoming holidays, popular current report topics, etc. They're there to make the books people are looking for easier to find. It also helps when your books on a topic span a few different Dewey ranges.

Volcano & Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books)Right now, we have 3 seasonal displays competing for limited space-- St. Patrick's Day, Women's History, and Spring.

This morning my coworker and I shifted and consolidated these diplays to open up the majority of our space where we then put up our books about Japan, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

By mid-afternoon, the vast majority of them had been taken.

Nobody asked me for books on these topics, but because the display was there, they were found and taken.

Japan in Colors (A+ Books)Luckily, I had more to put out.

My heart aches for Japan, as I'm sure yours does. There's a sense of helplessness in the face of such destruction and devastation. Kids feel sense this, too and they want information-- what is this country like? What causes earthquakes? What is a tsunami?

Next month we're having our second annual Cherry Blossom Festival program. I'm still in the planning stages, but we have to talk the quake and tsunami. I can't just ignore it (nor do I really want to, although it makes the program more serious that I was planning.) I want to find a way to work something in with disaster relief-- something the kids can do to help. I don't know what, but if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

The pictures are some of the books that are (or were) on my display.

Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: A Nonfiction Companion to High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House Research Guide #15)Plate Tectonics (Great Ideas of Science)K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet (Discover the World)

Japan (Cultures of the World)

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