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Library Card Drive

1 Mar

library-card-driveI spent a few hours last night at our new community center talking with residents about the library and signing up residents with library cards. Many of the people I saw come through the doors were people I see in the library on a regular basis. I gave them updated an event calendar and let them know about some new programs we’re offering. Others had questions about how to update their library card and although I couldn’t update their cards on site, I let them know what they needed to bring to the library and how easy it was to update their cards. I talked to a few people about OverDrive for eBooks and audio books and also showed a lot of people Playaways and how easy they are to use.

We donated a few Playaways to the Community Center that focus on guided meditation after a suggestion of a regular library user and new community user. I’m excited to roll out this really cool partnership and hope that many people take advantage of trying out meditation.

In the end, I was able to sign up four people for library cards (which isn’t too many), but I think it is so important to remind people that we still exist and to show them everything that we have to offer them for free! I’ll be stopping by the community center again on Saturday morning to hopefully hit up another group of people!

Resource for Parents, Teachers, & Librarians: All the Wonders

18 Nov

From the All The Wonders’s website, “All The Wonders is a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways. It is an entertainment channel, a variety show, and a modern library all wrapped up into one digital home.”

If you haven’t checked it out, All the Wonders is LIVE! This new website is filled with resources for parent, teachers and librarians with not just articles, but storytime plans, videos, music, podcasts, interviews with authors and illustrators and crafts for kids.

The team that’s behind this amazing new resource includes Matthew Winner, an elementary school librarian who hosts the Let’s Get Busy podcast, that if you’re not listening to, stop everything and go do so now, along with a host of other amazing people who all believe in the importance of children’s literature including illustrators, musicians, web designers and more.

So, definitely take some time to explore this website and discover the amazing resources that it has to offer!

Literacious Updates – Find Programs Easily

12 Aug

i just want to let everyone know, if they haven’t discovered it yet, that I’ve been working on my blog to make it easier to find all the programs that I’ve written about here. To find this information, click on “get IDEAS” where a sub-menu will give you options for storytimes, elementary school age, and middle school programs. These lists will continue to grow as I add past posts and new posts to the list.  Hopefully this allows users to get a better idea of the programs I’ve done and be able to access the posts with a simple list of links.  If you have any problems with the links, please let me know and I’ll fix them as soon as possible! 

Life Without Libraries

18 Jun

Jeff Jacoby, a columnist at The Boston Globe, wrote an opinion piece titled “Life Without Libraries Would Be Unimaginably Poorer” yesterday.  The writer talks about his experience in libraries growing up and how, although technology is important, it doesn’t make a library – books make a library.

I had a similar experience growing up.  We lived only a few blocks from our local library and my parents took us to the library often.  I remember agonizing over which five books I could check out for the week and I couldn’t wait to get home and sit down and read them.  I very clearly remember my mom telling us “to go out and play” and in my world that meant grabbing my book and sitting outdoors and reading.  I was only about seven years old when I asked a librarian how old I had to be to begin working in the library.  Sadly, the answer was 14, leaving me with seven long years of waiting.  But the week I turned 14, I headed to the library and soon began paging.  A year and a half later, I was offered a part-time after school job working Tuesdays, Friday nights, and every other Saturday.  You could say I lived and breathed libraries, and I still do.

Do I believe libraries are all about books?  Yes and no.  I think it’s important for kids and adults to have access to books, especially if you don’t have many at home.  But, I believe, libraries are so much more than books, especially public libraries.  Public libraries have books, magazines, movies, video games, toys, cake pans, technology, music, audio books, seeds, and so much more.  Public libraries offer programs for children from birth to seniors and everyone in between.  Public libraries have crafts, makerspaces, 3D printers, storytimes, knitting classes, ESL conversation groups and more.  Are public libraries about books?  Yes, they are.  But, they’re also about educating the community, bringing people together, and having fun.

iPads for Us!

23 Mar

41gtLiEuNdL__SY300_We were lucky enough last year to have a little extra money to be able to purchase 10 iPads for the library (and Otterbox Defender cases).  I am now (finally!) getting around to setting them up.  I spent the morning pulling them all out of the boxes and after watching a YouTube video, using a credit card, and few broken fingernails later, I finally got them all in their cases.

My next step is to actually take them home to update them and begin downloading a few apps.  I tried to begin the process at work this morning, but the wireless Internet connection is not the fastest and it was taking quite awhile to download apps.

I was excited that after creating one Apple ID for the iPads, I was able to remove the credit card information from the account and so nothing can be “accidentally” purchased.  We were given some great tips from another library who only uses iTunes gift cards to purchase preventing them from ever having to use a credit card for purchasing content.

I’m very excited to begin using the iPads in programming – but with only 10 it’s going to be tricky.  We’re lucky in that most of our programs have at least 15 – 20 kids involved.  We’re planning on creating more programs where kids will have to work together or provide stations where they can explore different activities at different places.  I think I’m most excited about working with kids on the beginning stages of computer programming.  And although that specific program might be “iPad-focused,” most programs won’t be structured the same way – many may not include the iPads at all, while others will enhance the program with the use of iPads.

If you have used iPads in your library, let me know you favorite apps!

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