Thursday, December 30, 2010

Getting Started

Okay, it's almost time for us to get started. So, here are the basic rules we have so far.
1) This is for books you have read in 2011. Not books you read last year, the book you read in 3rd grade, the book your mom read to you in preschool, none of those. But, I will allow books you started in 2010 but finished in 2011.
2) You need to list the title, the author, and number of pages. Then a sentence or two (or more if the spirit moves you) about the book. Did you like it, did you hate it, what was it about, is it worth reading or should the author be taken out back and beaten til they agree to step away from the typewriter.
3) Read another book.
4) Wait to see if you are a winner.
For January we are going to keep it simple. Everyone will get an entered into one drawing if they read at least one book. There will be additional contests for most pages read, most books read, or maybe highest page average. I won't tell you ahead of time because I don't want people reading to win specifically. You never know what will win the contest, BWAHAHAHA (evil laugh if you didn't catch that).
You will have to create an account to use this blog, but you will then be able to access it from work or from home.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope everyone has lots of fun with this. Now, get reading.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reasons to participate

Well, I know you all are excited and raring to go, but in case anybody isn't excited, here's some reasons why this will be a blast.
First off, this will be a great way to improve reader's advisory skills. We all know what we like and don't like but this will help hone your skills of saying why.
We will now know who our "specialists" in certain genres are. If we know that somebody reads a ton of paranormal fiction, they would be good at recommending some for a patron. Also, seeing that Blair reads a ton of true crime books might make you rethink that mess you're making or that Jason reads a ton of tawdry romances puts him in a new light (the above statement is total fiction and shouldn't be taken as fact or used against the author in any way, lol.)
This will make displays and staff picks a ton easier. You want to make my job easier, don't you, don't you?!?
Competition makes everything better. The chance to dominate your co-workers, free of charge.
Prizes. Patty cookies, need I say more.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Welcome to our Blog

This blog has been created for the Joplin Public Library to compete in the Missouri Book Challenge starting January 1, 2011. You will earn points for each book read. To get credit for reading a book you must post an entry about your book. It must include your name, the title, author, # of pages, and a short entry. We will have different categories to earn bonus points, such as reading books from the ALA reading lists, Newberry Award winners, and random subjects to be listed at my discretion ;-). You can earn additional points by completing challenges or other goals that will appear throughout the year. This is so much more than a race...your participation makes you eligible for drawings throughout the year. Let's show those other libraries what makes the staff at JPL so great!!!