Who Knew?… Twilight Fun Facts

In recognition of the highly anticipated Twilight film, here are some fun facts about the series.

Twilight is the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves to a small town in Washington State and falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Published in 2005, the book was followed by New Moon in 2006 and Eclipse in 2007. The books have sold 8.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Author Stephenie Meyer, a Phoenix housewife with a degree in English from Brigham Young University, based the first novel on a vivid dream she had in 2003 (

Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight saga, sold 1.3 million copies on its publication date, August 2, 2008. Little, Brown reported it as the highest single-day sales in the company’s history (Publisher’s Weekly).

The Twilight books have been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, according to the Daily Telegraph (UK).

The Twilight series has drawn frequent comparisons with the Harry Potter series in terms of its cultural impact. Eclipse knocked the last installment of J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, to the #2 spot on the Barnes and Noble Fiction Bestseller’s list when it was published, and the series has made Meyer a millionaire many times over. The Twilight film was be released on Nov. 21, the same date the next Harry Potter film was originally going to be released (Wall Street Journal).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours, according to the New York Times. The Potter books have been translated into 67 languages and sold 400 million copies worldwide (BBC). And while the four books in the Twilight series weigh in at 2,458 pages, the seven-part Harry Potter series breaks the scales at 4,100 pages (Wall Street Journal).

The series’ has not escaped controversy. Citing concerns about age-appropriate content, the Capistrano Unified School District in California banned the books from middle school libraries in September 2008 – only to reinstate the books four days later without explanation (Orange County Register).

Children’s Use of Public Library Services Continues to Grow

The use of public library resources and services by children has been on the rise both in Colorado and in the U.S. as a whole over the past 10 years. Read the details in our new Fast Facts, The Kids Have It, by Robbie Bravman Marks

Come Visit the Gaming Zone at CAL

At the CAL Conference this week, the Colorado State Library booth will have a “Gaming Zone.” Come play Wii video games with CSL staff. Not only will it be fun, but the LRS Research Fellows have compiled research on the connection between gaming and literacy, tips on how to create a gaming program at your library, and more. Come discuss and learn about the possibilities of gaming programs at the library.

Wii hope to see you there!


School Survey Deadline EXTENDED

The deadline to respond to the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey has been extended until November 26, 2008. So far we have about 500 responses, and are looking to break last year’s record of 817. If you’re in a school library in Colorado, and haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so at If you need your login information, contact the LRS.


News about American Libraries

From the folks at ALA:

1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at .

2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.

3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to . First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to . Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, , to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.


U.S. Public Libraries and Web 2.0

I’m currently at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey. In a few hours, I’ll be presenting on results from our study “U.S. Public Libraries and Web 2.0.” We will be releasing data in report form shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a link to my presentation.

Zeth turns a decade!

Almost exactly 10 years ago, went live. Yes, we’ve inhabited cyberspace that long – how do you think we got such a great URL? In those 10 years, our website has received about 16 million hits from around 2.5 million visitors. We’ve also redefined ourselves a few times. Here’s what what we looked like in one of our original incarnations (thanks!):

We moved to the current look at the beginning of 2005, which suggests it’s high time we rethink our web presence. Look for something new next summer, and in the meantime feel free to give us advice – in the comments or via email.


New School Library Fast Facts

Today we release a new Fast Facts about school libraries, More School Librarians for Metro Areas, Fewer for Non-Metro, which details trends in school library staffing throughout the state. The timing of this report is appropriate, as next week we will open the 2008-09 Colorado School Library Survey.

See this and others at our Fast Facts page.


New Field Initiated Studies

The three new Field Initiated Studies (FIS) posted should interest a wide range of librarians and library directors.

The Criminal and Credit Checks on Employees and Volunteers FIS is a summary of responses to a question regarding who is using criminal and credit checks as a pre-employment screening process. The question was posed to the Colorado Public Library Directors listserv by Claudine Perrault, director of the Estes Park Public Library.

The ILS Used by the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA FIS is a summary of responses received by Mariwayne Scully and Emily Lynch of Mountain States Employers Council when they asked the Rocky Mountain Chapter and Solo Division of SLA listserv what Integrated Library System they use, if they are happy with their system, and what previous system they have used.

The Language Competency and Hiring Survey FIS includes the results of a survey posted by Eladia Rivera of the Boulder Public Library to the REFORMA-CO listserv. The survey asked what types of pre-hire evaluations of language proficiency are done, if any, for applicants with second language skills. It was also asked if there was any type of incentive for second language speakers and if so, in what form. Finally, the survey asked if language training for staff was paid for by the library or local government. Many comments were also added by respondents.

For more information, click on the titles above or visit our Field Initated Studies section.


Colorado Summer Reading Programs

We’ve just published a new Fast Facts — Colorado Summer Reading Programs More Popular Than Ever, by Robbie Bravman Marks. Find it on our Fast Facts page.


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