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I am happy not only to share what I do for horror promotion specifically but what all of us library workers do to help readers every single day.
Thanks for asking Sadie.
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...What is an unboxing video? Well, they are videos where people open something new to advertise it in some way. Here is an article from last Fall in the New York Times that explains it and talks about why people really love them.
The other day I realized that this would be perfect for libraries. We could open up boxes of new materials as they come in and show them off to our patrons. Not only would this increase interest, it is also a wonderful way to showcase the breadth of our holdings. And it bridges that physical virtual divide perfectly-- showing people online what we have in the building and getting them excited to visit us.
So I went out in search of libraries who are doing unboxing videos and the only public library I could find who does these regularly is Hatfield [MA] Public Library. Click here to see their extensive unboxing video playlist. These videos are great because they do them regularly. It looks fairly low tech. They literally film themselves opening the boxes that come in, remove the items and talk about them. Sometimes it is nothing more than looking at it and reading the cover copy. And most importantly, they are having a lot of fun while doing it. Their excitement for every item is infectious.
A viewer cannot help but get excited to checkout one of the items. It is such a great advertisement for what we have in our collections. And, it shows the tax payers what they are getting for their tax dollars. It is a powerful marketing tool in many ways.Click here to read more from that post.
Also our narrator [nameless] is the key to whether or not you will like the story. Yes he is not a great human, makes bad choices, and is fairly unreliable, but he is also extremely compelling. Ruffin inhabits him and in turn, he captivates the reader. The strong narrative voice here leads the reader though both the plot and the emotions. It was awesome. And, it had a very satisfying ending. Often in these books [especially debuts] where there are many lofty ideas, it doesn't come together. No worries here.
Ultimately this is a book that makes a strong statement about the state of race relations in America right now through an Alternative History lens with obvious satire, but does it all in a package that was also an enjoyable, compelling, and satisfying story.Now out in paperback and being singled out for many awards, Ruffin's novel is a great option for speculative fiction readers, those who want to look at social justice issues but still have an entertaining story, and would make a great book discussion book for any group.
I am trying to make lists of books that feature characters with disabilities but every time I try to do searches for these books I feel icky, like I am doing fetish searches. How can I identify these titles easier and what controlled language should I use?"I have also been asked this question in different ways where people have asked me about what is included in the term "disabled."
The Berbellion Prize is a new award for an author whose “work has best spoken of the experience of chronic illness and/or disability.” It will be awarded for the first time in February 2021 for a book published in 2020, with a cash prize of £600. The judges have yet to be determined. Jake Goldsmith, the author of the disability memoir Neither Weak Nor Obtuse, started the award to promote disabled voices, which so often go unheard. The prize is named after W.N.P. Barbellion, whose diary The Journal of a Disappointed Man, published in 1919, chronicles his life with multiple sclerosis.Author of the article, Margaret Kingsbury goes on to discuss the proposed award and the literary landscape for ability diverse woks in general. Please click through and read her piece.
If you’re looking for more books with disability representation, check out these lists:
This is yet another area where our patrons' representation is not reflected in our collections, book lists, and displays. Kingsbury also links to the CDC's page illustrating how disability impacts American citizens. The numbers are staggering; however, I suspect they are not inclusive of all "disabilities," so the number is probably much higher than 61 million affected.