Here are some of the things she was looking for:
- A place to feature "Book Contest" titles.
- A place for kids to review books.
- A way to show off the new titles in the library.
- A place to list important links for research.
Each of the book posts in the sister blog is labeled with the book's title, which allows Colleen to add a "label gadget." This is an easy way to create an index! (See the sample pasted here:
As you can see, the contents of the Book Titles feature are listed alphabetically, and make it easy for kids to find the novel they are looking for.
Showing off the new books required a different strategy. For this feature, it was simply a matter of creating a LibraryThing acount, and adding the new titles. (This can be done using the title, author name or even the ISBN using a scanner.) LibraryThing can then generate a widget that supplies random book covers taken from your newly-created collection and serves them up on your blog. Very cool. Here's the link to the library for a look-see: http://cyclonelibrary.blogspot.com/
Near the top, you'll see the "New Titles" widget with book covers. Clicking on a cover icon brings up a short description of the novel.