Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-02-08

Super Bowl & Awards Parties, Redux

Alert reader Josh pointed out in his comment to the previous post on this subject that it's a good idea to have a table full of related library materials in the same room with the TV & snacks. I could not agree more. Here's an initial list of goodies to include:
  • For an Oscar/SAG/Golden Globes Awards party, display the nominated movies (assuming some of them will be available on DVD by the time of the awards ceremony), biographies of nominated actors & directors, magazines featuring nominees on the cover, soundtracks of nominated movies, novels that the nominated films were based on, and so on.
  • For a Grammys, Country Music Awards, VIBE or other music awards party, display CDs by every nominated artist -- both their more recent work, and any items from their back catalogue you may have -- as well as biographies of the artists (hint: check your juvenile & YA biographies sections for these!), and all of your related music magazines.
  • For a major sports event party, well, you probably know the drill by now -- all those gorgeous oversized books full of physics-defying moments of sports heroism captured on film, athlete bios, sports magazines, sports-related movies (Miracle, anyone?), etc.

You want the event to be communal and fun and also a great opportunity to showcase and promote the library's collections while you're at it. A current collection = with-it materials selectors = happy patrons who know they can rely on their library to have stuff on the shelves that interests them = you win!

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