January 19, 2011

Library Love (6)

I noticed that when I talk about libraries with friends and family members, they often say, "I didn't know libraries offered that!" Library Love is a feature in which I share many different reasons for people to use and love their local library. Some things I mention may be obvious to those of you who routinely use your public library, but others may be new to you. Either way I hope that this feature inspires you to visit and support your local library! 

6. Find new books by checking out themed book bundles. 

Earlier this week I talked about libraries providing bundles of book club books for you to borrow. That service is a great way to get multiple copies of the same title in one easy trip to the library. Today I'm going to talk about another type of book bundle libraries are starting to offer - themed book bundles. This is when librarians bundle 3 or more books with similar themes into one convenient package. They are often tied together with a rubber band or a ribbon, labeled, and placed on a display. 

Themed book bundles help you discover new titles that you  may not have heard of before. They also give you a chance to pick up books that appeal to whatever mood you're in at the time. Let's say you're about to go on vacation and you want some beach reads. You could search for a book bundle labeled "Summer/Beach Reads," and you'd be good to go! 

Most of the libraries that offer this service do so within the children's or teen areas. Here are some examples I've come across: 
- Sewickley Library in Pennsylvania

Does your library offer themed book bundles? Would you use the service if it did?


fourth musketeer said...

What a great idea! I think it's a sneaky (and smart!) way to boost circulation numbers.

barmybex said...

Cool idea, my library doesn't offer this, we have the genres in sections on the shelves eg we have teh Crime/Thriller bays, then the Action/Adventure bays, then Family Sagas etc, but not bundles. Sounds good.

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