Ideas to Make Your Library Shine

Sharing ideas from around the system & around the country, on programming, fundraising, grants, free stuff, and more.
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Fun & Free Things for 3 Events in October

ImageSearching for fun & free things to make these celebrations a success? Check out these ideas:

Star Wars Reads Day
October 10, 2015
• Download these free Printable Activity Kits:
Star Wars Activities — 42 pages of trivia quizes, word-search puzzles, finger puppets, and coloring sheets
→ The Force Awakens Activities — 14 pages of coloring sheets
• Use these books found in our shared catalog:
The Star Wars Craft Book
Star Wars Mania: Crafts, Activities, Facts, and Fun
The Star Wars Party Book: Recipes and Ideas for Galactic Occasions
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
• Download and print free Star Wars foldable characters from Cubeecrafts
• Create a display of all your library's Star Wars books, graphic novels, books on CD, and DVDs
Note: Star Wars Reads Day is expected to be even more popular this year, as fans gear up for the December theatrical release of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Teen Read Week
October 18-24, 2015
Use these free resources to promote TRW at your library:
activity ideas
publicity toolkit
book & media lists
planning resources
Teen Read Week is a "national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users."

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 18-24, 2015
Download these customizable marketing materials:
Press Release
Letter to the Editor
This would be a great time to promote your Friends group, raise awareness, and promote membership. It's also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

Is Yes the Answer to 10 Questions About Teens @ Your Library?

ImageTo help you succeed at engaging teens at your library, take a look at 10 Questions to Ask about Your Teen Services at the YALSA blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  Here are three examples of the questions you'll find there:

  1. Do teens help you decide what you stock in the library?
  2. Are your policies framed in positive language?
  3. Are you going to where the teens are (outside of the library) to market your services?

YALSA hopes you're able to answer yes to all 10 questions, and if not, offers tips on how to turn any  "negative" answers into positives.

Image credit: Teen Foodie Friday by Lynnfield (MA) Public Library on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Hat tip to AL Direct, 31 Jul 2015

5 Success Stories You May Have Missed

ImageHere are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ Montello Public Library has created an Amazon Wish List to make it easy for people to donate materials and supplies.

⇒ Endeavor Public Library served 1760 free meals to kids during the 10 week "Free Lunch for Kids" program, and Menasha Public Library also provided free meals for children, as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program, If you're interested in having your library become a Summer Food Service Program sponsor, get info on how the program works and the role of sponsors and feeding sites.

⇒ Tablets for kids are now available at both Menasha Public Library and Fond du Lac Public Library.  Early Literacy iPad Kits are available for 1-hour in-library checkout in the Menasha Public Library Children's Room, so that caregivers with preschoolers can "become familiar with iPads, apps, and skills related to reading, writing, and play"; and another set of iPads for School-Age Children are for use in the library by K-Grade 5 kids so they can explore 12 pre-loaded game apps, including CuriousRuler, StarWalkKids, Inventioneers, Hair Salon 2, Wildwood, Color Vacuum, Playground, InfiniScroll, PHLIP, OhNoFractions, Alphabet, Thinkrolls 2, and Toca Tailor.. Fond du Lac Public Library circulates six Playaway Launchpads that are "preloaded with age-specific educational, advertisement-free games grouped by topic (such as animals, dinosaurs and princesses) and by subject matter (such as math, science and the arts)."

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library has begun lending Chromebooks for use in the library. "Parents of Oshkosh West High School and Oshkosh North High School students - this would be a good chance to try out a laptop similar to the ones your kids will be using this year for school for the Learning Without Limits initiative."

⇒ Fond du Lac Public Library's BookCellar "used-books-and-more store" has moved from the library basement to the former pharmacy building next door to the downtown library, and is now known as Chapter 52.  It's run primarily by volunteers, and all proceeds benefit library programming.

Photo credit: Pine River Library Leon and Saxeville Townships via their Facebook page


2 Free Online Conferences to Attend in October

ImagePlan to attend these free continuing education opportunities; you may attend a full day or choose just the sessions that interest you.

1. The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities
October 14, 2015
9am - 4pm CST
Register here
Schedule of presentations
It will feature thought-provoking keynotes from John Palfrey, author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google and Denise Jacobs, tech leader, author, and creativity evangelist.
Four high content learning tracks for and from libraries will be offered in key areas:
Creation, Curation, and Connection will look at how libraries connect people to content, and the many ways libraries and their users are embracing digital tools to create, curate, discover, and deliver information.
• Outreach And Engagement will examine how libraries are using digital tools to facilitate connections and help support strong communities.
Fast Learning 10-minute presentations will tackle a wide range of topics demonstrating how libraries and librarians are engaging with and through technology.
Poster Sessions will feature a suite of vendor/partner curated sessions focused on practical solutions to specific challenges and visionary ideas with practical applications.
Conference sponsors: Library Journal & School Library Journal

2. Library 2.015 Worldwide virtual conference
October 20, 2015
9am - 10pm CST
Schedule of presentations
Registration not required; just join a session that interests you.
Here's a few examples of sessions you can attend:
• Building Stronger Communities: Connecting Your Library and the Nonprofit World
• Become Your Library's Technology Futurist
• Making Library Service Visible in the Information Ecosystem
Conference website
Conference sponsor: The School of Information at San José (CA) State University

Free Webinars in October

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.


5 Success Stories You May Have Missed in July

ImageHere are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ The Ethel Everhard Library of Westfield is taking storytimes on the road with a month-long read-aloud series at Pioneer Park.

⇒ Menasha Public Library is offering online reader's advisory via their "Your Next Great Read" form on their website; "Choose to pick up your list of suggestions or have it sent to you by email -- or have us simply place some books on hold for you!"

⇒ Two libraries collaborated with local humane societies to provide fun programs that benefitted adoptable animals: Oshkosh Public Library teamed up with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society to provide a Kitten Kuddle program that gave 5 kittens socialization time, and the kids and teens painted animal art that will help raise funds for the shelter; and the Pine River Library of Leon and Saxeville Townships hosted puppies Daisy and Luigi from the Humane Society of Waupaca County, and kids who attended the program made toys for the cats and dogs to enjoy.

⇒ The 7th annual Taste of Wautoma and silent auction raised $5,426 for the Wautoma Public Library, whose staff worked with 12 local restaurants to make it happen.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library has added a charging station for patrons to use with their cell phones and tablets, providing charging cables for Apple and Android devices.

Photo credit: Oshkosh Public Library's photoset on Facebook


September is Library Card Sign-up Month: Are You Ready?

ImageLibrary Card Sign-up Month — September —  is when librarians remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Be part of the national effort to ensure every child signs up for his or her own library card!

Here are tools you can use:

Need help getting started? Some great ideas were generated during ALA's July 21st webinar, "How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library Card Sign-Up Campaign for Your Library," with Nancy Dowd and Pam Jaskot.  Check out the notes from the session or watch the archived recording.

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