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What is “Popular Music”?

Posted on October 21, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Recorded music and popular music generally go hand-in-hand. According to Britannica, popular music is “any commercially oriented music principally intended to be received and appreciated by a wide audience.”

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Pumpkin This and Pumpkin That

Posted on October 14, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

I thought I was so clever. Shortly after the recent death of author Winston Groom, I started to work on my next assignment, which you are now reading. I found myself chanting in Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump voice: "Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Costumes, Pumpkin Story Hour via Zoom…"

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Are You Ready for 100 Years of Football?

Posted on September 16, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Like most aspects of American culture, football is relatively young. It evolved from college soccer and rugby games in the late 19th century.

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What We Learned From You: Brodart Connect Survey

Posted on September 16, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

The results are in and WOW! We received some great information that will help us target the articles that are important to you.

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Gather ‘Round: Holiday Cooking and Baking in 2020

Posted on September 16, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

So many things have changed in 2020, and the way we cook is one of them. Did you learn a dozen new ways to eat beans during the initial shutdown?

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The Wonderful World of Sports Books for Kids

Posted on August 11, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

A six-year-old named Josh raced into my library shouting, “I want a real book! Where are the real books?!”

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Banned Books Week 2020: September 27-October 3

Posted on August 11, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Each year the American Library Association highlights one of its core principles—the Freedom to Read—during Banned Books Week.

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Book Bike Week

Posted on August 07, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Book Bike Week, sponsored by the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), was launched to showcase the extraordinary efforts libraries are undertaking to serve their communities through book bike programs.

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50 Years of Earth Day in America

Posted on March 18, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

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Imagine Your Story This Summer

Posted on February 19, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Librarians are always thinking ahead, and early winter is the perfect time to plan your summer reading program. Fortunately, some librarians think about this all year long and have given us a head start.

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Final Chapters in 2019

Posted on January 15, 2020 in Posts in 2020 by Brodart

Every year at this time we pay homage to those we have recently lost. The website tributes.com has a good list of famous authors who left us this year. Let’s look at a few.

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Connect - A Year in Review

Posted on December 18, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Throughout the year, we’re proud to highlight the key resources that help make libraries great, along with special anniversaries and collection development strategies

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Looking Ahead to 2020

Posted on December 18, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

In the words of my favorite (fictional) president, Jed Bartlet of "The West Wing," "What’s next?" Librarians are always looking ahead, wondering what will enchant and entice their patrons in the coming year.

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National Book Award Finalists

Posted on November 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

National Book Award Finalists

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STEM and Comics Team Up

Posted on November 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

STEM, STEAM, STREAM. These are all acronyms for a teaching approach that focuses on a combination of core concepts, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and sometimes Art (STEAM) and Reading (STREAM).

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10 Deadlines Only a Librarian Would Understand

Posted on November 20, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

For librarians, deadlines invite a special chance to embrace the sometimes absurd—but always rewarding—task of meeting patrons’ unique and changing needs.

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Celebrating Sesame Street

Posted on October 16, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Let’s take a look back at the late 1960s, when television, in many respects, was grim. If the nightly news wasn’t reporting on race riots in America, it was broadcasting body counts in Vietnam.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on October 16, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Have you ever noticed that in most sitcoms there’s an episode where characters go camping and…it’s a disaster? A hilarious disaster, but still a disaster. The great outdoors can be a tough place. As I write this, mosquitoes are waiting just outside my back door for their next meal.

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September Is Literacy Month

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As librarians, literacy is something close to our hearts. We are readers, searchers, and devourers of facts. As information becomes easier to access but more complicated to manage, there are now many different kinds of literacy we can help our patrons navigate.

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Woodstock Revisited

Posted on August 21, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

By the time they got to Woodstock, they were half a million strong… at least according to the Joni Mitchell song. In actuality, 400,000 might be a more realistic number.

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What is #ownvoices?

Posted on August 21, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As readers and librarians, we are finding that the publishing world is making an effort to seek out more diverse perspectives and voices and to honor stories about characters from groups that have previously been marginalized. These groups include ethnic minorities, different sexual orientations and identities, and those with disabilities. The We Need Diverse Books movement (WNDB) has really sparked conversations and moved the ball forward.

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Toni Morrison: 1931 – 2019

Posted on August 21, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Toni Morrison, a giant among twentieth century American writers, died yesterday in New York City. She was 88. Words are hard to find today to sum up her life, her literary work, and her influence in this country and around the world. To say one thing is to leave something else out of perhaps equal importance. There is not time and space enough here to sum up this person.

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Maya Angelou

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

There was a lot going on in 1969. As a result, there are quite a few 50-year anniversaries being observed this year. Right around the time that men first walked on the moon and hippies were flailing around in the mud at Woodstock, one of the most important books of all time was also being published: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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Does Your Library Carry Las Novelas Gráficas?

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Over the last decade, graphic novels have gained in popularity and are now widely considered an essential component of almost any library's collection. Beyond graphic novels in general gaining recognition, librarians have been clamoring for expanded Spanish graphic novel collections.

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Kekla Magoon

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Did you know a real-life Styx growing up? Who most inspired you when you were Caleb and Bobby Gene’s age?

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LGBT Pride Month

Posted on June 19, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Balloons! Streamers! Boisterous music! Bright rainbow colors! Costumes, dancing, hands and hips waving, face paint, and glitter galore, plus more skin than one usually sees on the street.

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OCLC's Top 100 Novels

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Librarians love lists, and here is a fun one, with titles for all ages. OCLC has identified The Library 100 Top Novels of All Time. According to OCLC, literary greatness can be measured by how many libraries own a copy of a novel.

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A National Crisis

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

As most librarians know, what appears in headlines will probably show up in libraries. Unfortunately, today we’re not talking about Publishers Weekly headlines. We’re talking about the opioid crisis.

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These Aren't Your Average Board Games

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Summertime is nearly upon us. Soon, some of us will be riding our bikes, or perhaps cheering our family on as little ones engage in some fun summer sports. Beyond offering summer reading programs, how can librarians help to combat the infamous summer slide and keep patrons (especially children) coming in during the summer months?

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Apollo 11

Posted on April 17, 2019 in Posts in 2019 by Brodart

Let’s look back over our proverbial shoulder to the spring of 1961. Here in the United States, there was an atmosphere of defeat. We were losing the space race with the Soviet Union, which on April 12 had just launched the first person ever into space, Yuri Gagarin.

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