I pretty consistently preach about the importance of visiting other libraries. When I visited Darien Library in Connecticut, I picked up a few really wonderful ideas but this might be the best - the Librarian Favorite bookmark. Patrons LOVE them. L.O.V.E. Library workers also love them because it’s a fun way to personalize displays. It’s a win-win.
You can see Darien’s version in a copy of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and our version at the Northbrook Public Library, in a copy of Matterhorn. (that’s right…that book is AMAZING!!)
This is one of the smallest things we’ve done at Darien but it has had a huge impact. Very easy to make, even easier to use. If I might offer a word of advice: make them on perforated bookmark paper! Ours have been so popular that I recently invested in a few reams of it on which to print them out, because we were wasting a crazy amount of time cutting them out and it was giving everyone hand cramps. I mean, it was a good reason for hand cramps, but still.