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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Lunch At the Library

13 Apr

blurred-background-bread-breakfast-908577.jpgProgram Name: Lunch at the Library

What: We haven’t offered this program before, but I can see how it would be a really great way for libraries in urban and suburban communities to draw in a crowd during the week. Offer a program as often as you want – once a week, once a month, once a season for adults to come with their lunch and learn about a topic. This could be something as simple as “How to Take Better Photos on Vacation” or “Best Mystery Reads of 2018” or “Easy  and Healthy Lunches for Work” – you could take this any direction you wanted to go. My library is in a very busy suburban area and I think this would be a fun idea to try!

Where: You’d need a meeting space that you’re not worried about cleaning up after people eat, so a place with tables and chairs (maybe in a “U” shape) where people could eat while listening to a presentation.

When: Obviously during lunch time! But what time that is would depend on you community. Again, this could be offered as often as you’d like. I’d probably shoot for something once a month to try it out.

Who: Adults who work/live in close proximity to the library who can stop by for a 45-minute program during their lunch hour. I think getting the word out about this program could be difficult and may require some in-person meetings with local business leaders to help promote this idea. Partnering with the Rotary could also be helpful to reach out to local business people.

How: This could be as simple as the staff sharing their expertise or you could bring someone in who wouldn’t mind volunteering some time to help present on a specific topic.


  • If lunches just wouldn’t work for your service area, try a Saturday morning or Thursday evening – the time is flexible.
  • I’d also love to try a How-To Fair where people setup tables in a variety of locations in your library and teach people how to do something for 30 minutes and then someone else teaches people about a different topic. These look like a lot of work to set-up, but so much fun!


During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!


#blogbookaday: Hug This Book!

9 Apr

Hug This Book.jpgSummary:  “An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love

You can spin and twirl and dance with this book.
You can listen while someone else reads it.
You can take your book to lunch.
Just do not try to feed it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A book filled with all the great things you can do with books! It’s the perfect story for a family or class that loves books. With limited text and five colors in the bright swatches of colors across the page – this is a fun and visually appealing book to read. I really enjoy illustrators who are playing with a way to mix traditional and digital design together to create amazing art.

Personal Reaction: I wanted to hug this book when I was done with it! It’s an adorable story about loving books so much and sharing them with the people (and animals) around you! If you were doing a storytime or read aloud about books or the library, I would definitely include this title.

Title: Hug This Book!
Author: Barney Saltzberg
Illustrator: Fred Benaglia
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: October 24, 2016

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Trying Something New – Open House

16 Mar

We tried something new at our library this week – an open house for township employees. One of our major goals of late is to educate the public about everything the library has to offer – services, programs and resources. So, I got to thinking, how about we try to reach out to a ready made audience – the one that works in the same building we do, other township employees.

open house.pngWe created an open house event and a flyer to promote the idea. We included the information in the township employee monthly newsletter, it was mentioned at township meetings and a reminder email went out the day before.

We used our Keurig to offer coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other hot beverages and bought the good donuts! Plus, we had a raffle for a $10 gift card to the local gas station/convenience store, which helped in figuring out how many people stopped by. We made copies of many of our flyers, created a new one to promote our online resources, updated information and displayed everything to inform and educate our fellow colleagues.

We started our event at 7:45am because many of the staff begin work at 8:15 and I wanted to make sure they had enough time to stop by before getting to their desk. Honestly, I expected only a handful of people and am excited to report that about 15 people showed up! A few of which are regular library users, while others work across the hall from us and don’t use many of the library services.

We issued library cards, gave impromptu tours, talked about eBooks and our online resources and I was so excited to hear almost everyone announce, “I didn’t know you had/did that!” I’m hoping each of these people went back to their offices and talked up the library to their co-workers or went home and told their family about what they learned.

I would have loved to see a few more employees stop by, but I think we’ll try it again in the fall and hope for a larger turnout. I’m never sure how something new will turnout, but I’m so glad we gave it a try and that the people who came to the library learned something new.

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