Happy Holidays from Bookends!

BookendsCindy: If you work in a public library and have a Pinterest account, chances are you’ve built a Christmas tree out of books for a holiday display—we certainly did. This year, fireplaces are all the Pinterest rage.

I put our Something About the Author series (pictured) to use in one library, and our recently withdrawn New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia (not so new anymore) in the other to create welcoming hearths for our students. Being middle-schoolers, they play along and pull up chairs right in front of the fire, rub their hands together for warmth, and read.


While Pinterest inspires us all, we librarians of old have many tricks up our sleeves (and in our tall metal file cabinets). I dug up an ancient mimeographed sheet of directions to make a Catalog Card Wreath (detail below). There is no photo, sketchy details, and no source, but you are welcome to it.

img_4265Do you have a stash of catalog cards like I do? More importantly, have you ever used a card catalog in your lifetime? I’m feeling old now—glad there’s a short vacation in my near future. The Booklist Reader is taking a break, so we’re taking one, too. As my middle-schoolers will be saying to me all day today, “See you next year!”

Lynn: One of the many things Cindy excels at is the art of displays. The pictures don’t do this one justice. I’m not sure our middle-schoolers even know what a catalog card outside the wreath, but boy, do I have memories!

We want to wish all our readers a wonderful holiday season, and we’d like to say thank you to the publishers for your generosity! Your book donations make Bookends possible! All those books eventually go to our district libraries, students, and teachers, and we are more grateful than we can say. We hope you have a moment in the flurry of celebration, family gatherings, fun, and chaos to slip away for a few quiet moments with a great book! See you next year!




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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