It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Nebraska Library Commission!
Get your book club in the holiday spirit with this fun #BookFaceFriday read! Join three bestselling authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, as they weave an interconnected holiday story in “Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances” (Speak, 2008.) “Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.”—School Library Journal
Thanksgiving is officially over for another year. We’ve put on our stretchy pants, relaxed to watch some football, and are eyeing the leftover pumpkin pie. Maybe it’s time to indulge in something other than carbs. Get back to the basics with bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” (Harper, 2007). Join Barbra and her family on this food themed adventure as they “vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it”. Reserve this nonfiction narrative for your book club today!
Have you ever just packed a bag, and left? For a vacation? A road trip? What about to start a whole new life? In Ann Packer’s debut novel, “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier” (Vintage, 2003), main character, Carrie Bell, does just that. Reserve this intimate and emotionally thrilling novel for your book club today!
Did you know we offer YA titles in our Book Club Kits? Don’t miss out on Scott Westerfeld’s teen novel “Uglies” (Simon Pulse, 2011)! “Uglies” is the first novel in a three-part series that has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
You’ve seen this week’s #BookFace model before, you just might not know it. Information Services Librarian, Aimee Owen, is also our weekly hand model holding up all the books we feature. Check out our past #BookFace photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!
We love highlighting Nebraska authors, especially those we offer in our Book Club Kits, like Stephanie Kallos’s “Broken For You” (Grove Press, 2004)! This national bestseller was a 2006 One Book One Lincoln finalist and a TodayShow Book Club selection.
According to the New York Times “bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art.”
To highlight some of the Nebraska 150 books, we’ve been posing Library Commission staff (and sometimes their kids!) for our own Bookface Fridays. It’s trickier than you’d think! Fortunately we have a photographer with a great eye, and some good-natured staff!
Have you ever added a link to the Facebook page you admin and been disappointed with the feed preview for the title of the article or the description? Here’s a very helpful video tutorial on how to change both that title and that description. Below that are steps I took to do the same on the Nebraska Librarians Learning Together page.
Before: What the post looks like with no alterations
Step 1. Insert the link
Step 2. Check the title and description. Are they what you want?
Step 2. Edit the title (catch your audience’s attention) and description (I deleted some text to get to the point)
Step 3. After you attach the link, say something about the link that will compel the audience to follow the link
Step 4. Post
After: Post with alterations. Much better.
The fun begins when page fans comment on your post. They’re engaged!
As a page admin, I noticed that after Facebook launched the Insights platform for viewing data about my page’s traffic and reach, it was a bit harder to view the list of individuals who liked the page. So, here are three steps I use to get to that list:
1. Along the left of your Page, under the tabs such as Wall and Photos, is a number with the words “like this” under it. This is the number of individuals who like your Page. Click on “like this,” which is a link that will take you to the Insights main page.
2. Along the right of the Insights page is the “See likes” link. Follow that link and a pop-up window shows the list of individuals who like your Page.
3. Scroll through the list to see who likes your page. Previous experience tells me that the listing goes in chronological order from most recent like to oldest like.
Unfortunately, I could not find one topic in the Facebook help center which described how to accomplish this task. If you have any luck, please let me know by commenting below.
Does it ever get exhausting trying to think up a menu for the week or whip something up on the fly? To simplify my life, I finally decided that we cook Mexican on Tuesdays and Italian on Thursdays. With leftovers two other nights, that only leaves three nights a week that we need to come up with something original. This approach to menu planning has also helped me write out my grocery shopping list each week.
You can apply this menu planning strategy to the maintenance of your library’s Facebook page or blog. With a topical calendar, you’ll be more easily inspired, you’ll narrow your focus, and your fan base will become more engaged as they look forward to your posts. If you include links, you’ll draw your readers to your website…a bonus!
Here’s an example schedule:
Monday – New arrivals
Tuesday – Collection or database highlight
Wednesday – Three-sentence book review, with a link to the item in your catalog
Thursday – Upcoming programs/events
Friday – Show and tell. Ask fans to post pictures of themselves with what they’ve been reading that week.
Please comment below or e-mail me if you try this. I’d be curious to know how it’s working for you.
Adapted from this “The Nonprofit Facebook Guy” blog post.