Week 15 Prompt
What do you think are the best ways to market your library’s fiction collection? Name and describe three ways you do or would like to market your library or your future library’s fiction. These can be tools, programs, services, displays- anything that you see as getting the word out.
1. Fiction Writer Weekly- I would focus on one author’s fiction works such as Neil Gaiman’s by creating the following displays and/or programs for it.
o Create booklists of all his works and put that on the library’s website and have copies of it in front of the display that has all his fiction books. Also display similar types of fiction books in another area of the library.
o Create a Neil Gaiman Book Club
o Make copies of his book covers and place all over the library.
o Create a game with trivia facts about him that are placed throughout the library. If the patron answers the questions correctly than he/she will be able to pick a cover like “Stardust” and write their name on it. The staff will display it in the library and mention it on the library’s website.
o Create book marks
o Add links to his fiction works on the library website and other resources
2. 365 Days of Fiction Fun!
I would spotlight a fiction book and its author for a day (or two depending on the author and how many books he/she has written) including trivia facts and making it even interactive (if applicable). I would involve the community businesses to donate prizes. I would have the marking department contact the media. It would be put on social media. I would display the days (in large print or on an electronic device) and keep counting down each day. Example- The Wizard of Oz. Have the staff dress in costumes and in the library create the yellow brick road. Then on this ‘road’ have displays setup, like asking the patrons questions or sending them on a quest. I would use music, lights, and sounds to create the perfect Oz library set.
3. I would use displays, bookmarks, book talks, and social media to continually promote fiction in my library.