A colleague and I presented at the New Members Round Table poster session at the 2010 Nebraska Library Association conference.
Below is the proposal for our project, Grab & Go Book Bundles:
Grab & Go Book Bundles
Today’s library patrons are busy people. Some are professionals dropping by on their way home from a long day at work. Others are parents with impatient children. In order to best serve those who do not have time for leisurely browsing, we created Grab & Go Book Bundles for children and adults.
Each book bundle for children consists of three to six books and/or DVDs on a specific topic. Examples of topics include First Day of School, Author Mo Willems, and Things That Go. These items are held together with rubber bands and have a colorful, laminated tag displaying the topic. Each book bundle for adults contains two to four fiction and/or non-fiction books on topics such as Author Nicholas Sparks, BBQ Cookbooks, or Murder Mysteries. These bundles are displayed near the circulation desk and have been used heavily since the inception of the project earlier this year.
In October 2010, circulation statistics for picture books had increased 27 percent over October 2009. This boost in numbers led us to continue displaying the book bundles.