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We’re all packed for #alamw13! See you there!

Hi Tumblrs,
I’m Bobbi, the newest member of ALA Graphics and I’m now doing the Tumbling.  As a way of introducing myself, I’m sharing the READ® poster that hangs in my office and looks over my desk – yes, that’s a young Mikhail Baryshnikov READ poster.   
I am extremely proud and excited to work for an organization that empowers libraries and helps open the doors to worlds of information and enjoyment.  Just as Mikhail inspires me – your work inspires me and I look forward to sharing information with you.  Having worked in a public library where I designed READ posters for our staff and city council members using the READ Design Studio software sold by ALA Graphics, I feel like I’ve come full circle.
 My coworkers here at ALA have an interesting mix of READ posters inspiring them every day – do you have a prized or particularly inspiring READ poster in your library? Please let us know;  we’d love to see what posters you have– including READ posters that may have been created by someone in your library. 

Hi Tumblrs,

I’m Bobbi, the newest member of ALA Graphics and I’m now doing the Tumbling.  As a way of introducing myself, I’m sharing the READ® poster that hangs in my office and looks over my desk – yes, that’s a young Mikhail Baryshnikov READ poster.   

I am extremely proud and excited to work for an organization that empowers libraries and helps open the doors to worlds of information and enjoyment.  Just as Mikhail inspires me – your work inspires me and I look forward to sharing information with you.  Having worked in a public library where I designed READ posters for our staff and city council members using the READ Design Studio software sold by ALA Graphics, I feel like I’ve come full circle.

 My coworkers here at ALA have an interesting mix of READ posters inspiring them every day – do you have a prized or particularly inspiring READ poster in your library? Please let us know;  we’d love to see what posters you have– including READ posters that may have been created by someone in your library. 

There’s still time to sign up for a free event kit for Star Wars Reads Day on Oct. 6!

Always a sucker for a vintage print ad — these ads for libraries and books are fantastic! How many of these would you love to display in your office?

fishingboatproceeds:

wilwheaton:

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harrypotterbooksandnutella:

This.Is.Perfect! :’)

Does anyone know who actually made this poster?

FOREVER REBLOG.

The creator of this poster has been found! She is nerdfighter Erin! Hi, Erin! (Hopefully this will be available as a poster on DFTBA.com soon!)

Nerdlicious.

fishingboatproceeds:

wilwheaton:

fishingboatproceeds:

harrypotterbooksandnutella:

This.Is.Perfect! :’)

Does anyone know who actually made this poster?

FOREVER REBLOG.

The creator of this poster has been found! She is nerdfighter Erin! Hi, Erin! (Hopefully this will be available as a poster on DFTBA.com soon!)

Nerdlicious.

neverindanger:

The Library by Sarah Stewart, Pictures by David Small

Thanks to Children’s Book Almanac today, was reminded of this classic from one of our favorite author-illustrator pairs. What are some of your favorite back to school stories? 

After our last webinar on More Creative Uses for your READ Design Studio files, we were inspired by the enterprising Karen Dower, a library technician at the Stanton Campus Library of Delaware Technical Community College.

To further promote reading and library patronage I started creating trading cards from the posters that I had already. Some basic info was gathered from staff/faculty members willing to participate to put on the back of the card. The cards have been a hit with students, faculty and staff who come in the library to collect the newest card.

Staff and faculty members have commented often that they receive many compliments from both students and co-workers about their posters and all have seemed quite honored to be featured. Whether this has created an increase in library usage or reading, which was the original goal of this campaign, I can’t say but at least the posters are being noticed and talked about which I take as a positive outcome since it is increasing awareness of the library and the enjoyment of others in reading.

Great idea, Karen! Here are two we’ve enjoyed:

To make your own library trading cards out of a READ poster you’ve already made, create a new document in Photoshop or other photo-editing software sized to the dimensions of your trading cards. Make sure the background is transparent or white and the color is RGB. Move the READ poster into this space, and re-size by holding down the Shift key, to keep the dimensions proportional while adjusting the corner arrows. If you’re printing the cards commercially, simply save your READ poster in this reduced size as a .jpg or a .pdf. Create a word document and add the content you wish to use for the back of your card, then save as a .pdf or .jpg.

If you’re printing yourself, you can create an 8.5” x 11” document in Photoshop, Publisher, or even Word, and copy the poster file over multiple times - perhaps 6 per page. Do the same with the short Word document listing your subject’s trading card attributes. Make sure your front and back will align, then set to duplexed printing. To listen to the full recording or view the slides from any of our READ Design Studio webinars, visit the READ Design Studio Info Page. Whether you’re a new or an experienced user, you’re likely to learn something new! If you have additional questions, or wish to share your READ Design Studio projects with us, e-mail graphicsmarketing@ala.org.

nz-ny:

The NYC Phonebooth Library

“There are 13,659 payphones on NYC sidewalks, even though there are over 17 million cell phones. Is the pay phone an anachronism or an opportunity…”

Nice little idea, but it does seem funny that both are becoming a bit obsolete. The payphone being replaced by the cellphone and books by readers.

Still, nice.

Via.

The quaint British phone booth library has its charms, but this NYC library gains points for grit.