Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 Days of Library Living {Day 02}: The Library List



One of my favorite ways to Library is by making a list of media that enhances that month's holidays, cultural and sporting events and school projects. My list looks a lot like a grocery list, minus the tears. Food and I are a lot like the couple in high school that break up and get back together every week. But I heart the library and love to shop for books, music and movies that make these events more meaningful. 

Three weeks before an event (that is usually how long you can check out items) log on to the library website and order a collection that celebrates ~ for example ~ Christopher Columbus. Here is the page where all the magic happens. I'm totally giddy here, friends! Giddy I tell you! 

Type "Christopher Columbus" in the Search Catalog/Website and press SEARCH:

Note: you can really do this, I have linked directly to the library website. Hope this isn't a no no. Dear Library - please call me if I can't do this.

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After hitting the enter button, the icons below are a very small portion of the top of the next page  and you can click on them and see what results came up so go for it (the real page is extremely long and you will hate me for posting it - your scrolling arm will get all carpel tunnely):
...and this information lets me know what I can check out on Christopher Columbus. 109 Books! 6 eAudiobooks! 6 Movies! Deep breath, Michele. Breathe. After clicking on various titles of books, movies and music CD's this is the collection I put on hold, I call them Beautifully Balanced Collections:


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Then, when the library notifies me by email that my books have arrived and are waiting for me at my local branch, we devote some time as a family getting to know Christopher Columbus. This is when the real learning happens. Together.
Watch as Christopher and crew discover America.
Listen to Fletcher Henderson's tribute to Christopher. 
Read why many foods we Cook originated in Spain.
Read how it all began.

It is magical. Better than food. And it lasts a lot longer. And wait 'til you see all the awesomeness I have planned for smoochie John Adam's birthday. He is so my homeboy.


This series, 31 Days of Library Living started here. Hope you'll join me for the month, maybe even follow me forever on this blog by email or subscribe to my posts - I would be honored. And I especially love your comments, I read and respond to each and every one. I'm a talker. A yakker.
A loquacious library lovin' ladymama.

 Are there upcoming events for you that a little library could make more meaningful?

xoxo Michele