As an academic institution on the semester system, Banned Books Week tends to be the first big, multi-day event of the programming cycle for the staff at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University. Outside of First-Year Orientation, this is one of our first opportunities to make an impression on our students.
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Every branch in the Mid-Continent Public Library system with display cabinets asks the community to share their interests and collections with neighbors, allowing for civic engagement and community building. Our displays have included local artists, humanitarian organizations, children, teens, adults, local clubs, schools and many others.
Magpies are birds with a reputation for collecting shiny objects. It was with this in mind that children’s librarian Ingrid Abrams, a colorfully dressed, self-identified glitter addict, named her blog The Magpie Librarian. Abrams created the blog in 2012 to document her adventures in library programming at the Brooklyn Public Library. Four years later, she has nearly 5,500 social media followers who stay updated on her library advocacy and inventive displays.