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Programming for Millennials

11 Jan

milI’ve been thinking about how to entice millennials to use our library more for over a year now. And now, I feel like I’m finally in a place to start planning some programs to attract this generation into the library. Being a millennial myself, I know how much millennials hate being called “millennials.” But at the same time, we lose most of this group from about 16 to when they become parents themselves. So how do we get a group of people to use the library who haven’t been in a public library for a good 10-15 years?

The first order of business is to figure out how to promote these programs to an adult audience so that it doesn’t become a program for seniors (which is our typical audience for adult programs). It’s my goal that as we provide more and more programming for this age group, it will become a group of people who know what the library can offer them and bring their friends along too!

I’m hoping that the programming that we begin to offer will lend itself to the millennial generation – a book discussion held at some of the local bars, preschool for adults (old-school 90s activities like Spirograph, Shrinky Dinks, etc.) and some educational classes about home buying, home maintenance and more.

We’re also going to look into providing a Tech program highlighting our online resources including OverDrive, Zinio (for eMagazines), Ancestry.com and more. I’m hoping that this would be a way to bridge across generations to educate more community members about library services that we already have, but things they might not know about.

Our Board also suggested partnering with the local Mom’s Club (which we currently do), by offering a specific program for parents of young children to highlight new books, our programs and services to encourage circulation and programming.

We also just created our own “book bundles” a group of four fiction and nonfiction titles about a specific topic for easy pick-up for parents who don’t have a lot of time. My coworker did a great job of putting together these great bundles and really focused on providing diversity where she could find it. Plus, by not changing the call number, spine label or location, if these books bundles don’t work after a month or two, it wasn’t too much excessive work to have to take apart again.

So what programs would you like to see for millennials in the library?



Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Fairy Tale Retellings

1 Nov

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I absolutely love reading fairy tale retellings or fractured fairy tales as they are sometimes called.  Here’s a list of ten titles that you might just have to share with your book club.

  1. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  4. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
  5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  6. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  7. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  9. Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

Wacky Wednesday Book Discussion: Fortunately, the Milk

6 Aug

81SYh4ybu1LYesterday, we had our final book discussion for our rising third and fourth grade students.  The library has been really quiet this week, I think a lot of families are on vacation so I ended up with ten kids in my book discussion, nine of which had read the book!  For this book discussion, I chose Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman – it’s an absolutely outrageous story of a dad’s adventure coming home from the corner store after picking up milk for his children’s breakfasts.

Most of the kids seemed to enjoy the story, sharing their favorite characters and parts in the story.  We spent a long time discussing whether or not the dad’s story was true or if he just made it up.  The kids used quotes from the book as well as the illustrations to make their point.  Normally, it can be very difficult for me to get this age group to actually discuss a book – they’re great at answering questions, but haven’t quite figured out the discussion part yet.  But, yesterday, they did really well.

After our discussion, we spent a few minutes answering some trivia questions, which the kids always love!  And then we had just enough time to do an extension activity.  For this age group, I keep the book discussion around 45 minutes and always include some sort of extension activity to keep the kids engaged.  Yesterday, we created our own names for actual items similar to the way Professor Steg does in the book.  Instead of calling it an hot air balloon, Professor Steg calls it “floaty-ball person-carrier.”  So I gave the kids a list of words and told them to give them new names similar to the way Professor Steg does.  They did a great job, using awesome vocabulary to describe the items.  And we spent a few minutes sharing them with the group.  Overall, we had a great time and I think the kids enjoyed it.

If you’re looking for activities, check out Bloomsbury’s packet of awesome extension activities ready to use!  And check out Neil Gaiman’s website for his children’s books for more!

Book Discussion: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

11 Feb

luluI just finished a small book discussion with six 3rd & 4th graders about Judith Viorst’s book, Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  The kids overall found the book very good and enjoyed the comedic approach to Lulu’s tendency for tantrums.

I structure my third and fourth grade book discussions a little differently than I would for my older kids because I have found that this age group, although great about reading the book and answering questions, has a much more difficult time with the discussing part.  They can each individually answer my questions, but often have trouble piggybacking off each other’s ideas to create a real discussion.  That being said, the kids really like talking about the book itself!

After we discuss the book for 20-25 minutes, I provide an activity for the kids to do that can be integrated into the story.  Tonight we made baby dinosaurs that hatched out of eggs.  It’s a simple craft, but the kids can get creative coloring their dinosaur babies and the eggs too.  I also found a link to a maze from the same website.  I was excited to see that the kids took a great deal of time working on their baby dinos and were reluctant to leave until they finished.  I normally only schedule these book discussions for about 45 minutes, which gives us just enough time to discuss and work on our activity.

I also gave the kids a few minutes to look at other books that I thought they might like after having read Lulu and I was pleased to see that 5 kids took books home with them!

Suggested Reading List:

  • Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
  • Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
  • Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
  • The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
  • Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

SharpSchu Book Discussion

29 Jan

If you’ve never had the privilege or opportunity to take part in a SharpSchu book discussion, than you definitely need to set aside an hour to do so. Each month Colby Sharp from Sharpread and Mr. Schu from Watch. Connect. Read. host a Twitter book discussion – 30 minutes for a chapter book title and 30 minutes for a picture book title.  Usually authors/illustrators of the books are present to comment and ask questions and it’s a great time to meet people who love children’s literature as much as you do!

I have two possible scenarios for Colby Sharp and Mr. Schu because they always seem to be posting, reading, discussing, and working too!  Plus, they have families at home, that they enjoy spending time with.  My two scenarios – (1) they don’t sleep (as in ever!) and (2) they’ve cloned themselves at least 4 times to get everything done that they do in a day.  It’s absolutely amazing and exhausts me just thinking about it!

But, back to the #SharpSchu book discussion, last night focused on CeCe Bell’s El Deafo and Lauren Castillo’s Nana in the City.  The tweets were fast and furious last night, so much so that I was having trouble keeping up, as  I was still at work, working on a project, while answering reference questions, and trying to keep an eye on the discussion.  One of my favorite questions of the night – “Booktalk El Deafo in 140 characters” a project that I might just challenge my middle schoolers to during our next meeting.

Please, take some time to hang out at the next discussion – not sure when the next one will be, but follow Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) and/or Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads) on Twitter to find out or check #SharpSchu to see what we discussed last night!

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