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Mermaid Storytime and Party

Children's librarian posed with the professional mermaid, smiling toward camera

Taking advantage of the popularity of mermaids in pop culture and merchandising, the Belle Isle Library hosted a special Mermaid Storytime and Party.

A "professional mermaid" read two books while attendees enjoyed ocean-themed snacks. Afterwards, various mermaid crafts and activities were available.

Five Alternatives to Book Talks

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Kids participating in book speed dating

A great book talk can make anyone want to read any book, but sometimes you need an alternative. If you haven’t read your new books yet, you only have a couple copies of a book to lend, or — like me — you’re just not very comfortable with giving book talks, here are a few programs you can do with your classes to build excitement about reading.

5 'Garnishes' to Add to Your Booktalk Programs for Adults

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A lot of work goes into putting together a successful booktalk program — from developing a theme, to paying attention to book trends, to ensuring you're providing diverse options for all readers. The last thing you might want to do is add any extra work, but a few finishing touches will go a long way.

Here are a few ways you can create a memorable program while further immersing your adult patrons into their love of books.

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