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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7 Success Stories You May Have Missed in March

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

⇒ Neenah Public Library received a collection of knitting needles as a donation, and has decided to circulate them. "To promote the collection we are going to set-up a knitting display. In the future, we will shelve the needles with the knitting books; therefore I decided to use the Dewey number 746.432. Patrons can check them out for 28 days and renew the needles. Patrons from other libraries can place holds and we will send them out. We decided to title the record using the type and length of the knitting needle and then include all the sizes on one record."

⇒ The friendly rivalry known as the Penny War raised $422.67 for Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston, and $142.57 for Markesan Public Library.

⇒ Menasha Public Library held a workshop on how to scan and store old family photos. Local genealogy group Family Roots-Wisconsin gave a presentation (how to scan old photographs on a flatbed scanner, upload them to your computer, edit the photos online, and then download them to a flash drive or post on Facebook), and staff talked about free use of the library's copier/scanner equipment.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library has purchased five book sets for local clubs to check out, and plans to purchase additional sets in the future.

⇒ Winneconne Public Library is partnering with Two Men and a Truck for their Movers for Moms program that aids moms living in shelters. The library "will serve as a drop off site for creature comfort donations such as: nice soaps, hair-styling products, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, slippers, robes, etc."  "Two Men and a Truck will pick up and deliver the collected items to the House of Hope in Green Bay, Harbor House in Appleton, and Bella Medical Clinic in Oshkosh on or before Mother’s Day, May 10th."

⇒ The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library held an 18-hole mini-golf course fundraiser called the Browser Open. Each hole was "designed and built by a local organization, club or business."

⇒ The 2015 WLA / WEMTA Library Legislative Day attendance was the largest ever (205 library advocates), and Winnefox Assistant Director Mark Arend displayed a few of the Read Posters that Renee George created:

image credits:
• Read Posters: WLA Executive Director Plumer Lovelace, Library Legislative Day album
• pennies via Winnefox's Website Image Gallery


Free and Legal-to-Use Images for Your Website & Social Media

ImageIntroduced at our webinar last month, the Winnefox Website Image Gallery gives you free copyright-free images to use on your website, social media, newsletters, and flyers.  Jody has selected high quality images, and arranged them into ten categories:

  • animals
  • books
  • flowers
  • food
  • miscellaneous
  • objects
  • outdoors
  • people
  • places
  • seasonal

And if you missed our "Putting Your Best Face Forward: Choosing & Editing Images That Engage & Inform" webinar presented by Jody Cleveland and Renee George, you can go to the webinar's resource page to view the recording, download the free image-editing software, and get access to free fonts.

Inclusive and Accessible: Project ENABLE

ImageProject ENABLE is a free online training resource where you can learn skills to help your library be inclusive, accessible, and meet the needs of your customers.

Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere) provides  self-paced, multimedia, and interactive training on serving special populations.  The Wisconsin Division for Libraries & Technology considers special populations to be "individuals or groups whose access to the library is limited, minimized, or difficult"; this includes people who have disabilities.

A certificate of achievement is available to those who successfully complete all training modules and quizzes. This certificate may serve as evidence of completion of approximately 20 hours of professional development, which may be counted as a Category C continuing education activity.

When you create your free account, training will be customized to meet your learning needs. You'll be able to log in at any time to complete the modules, review your progress, quiz scores, and your action plan..

The site has 5 learning modules:

  1. Disability Awareness (person-first language and sensitivity, students’ perspective (videos by students with disabilities), experiencing disability (covering autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, hearing and vision impairments, physical disabilities).
  2. Disability Law & Policy (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IEPs, Americans with Disabilities Act).
  3. Creating an Accessible Library (Universal Design, evaluating your library’s accessibility, library accessibility action plan, facilities design, collection development, library policies and procedures, leadership and advocacy).
  4. Planning Inclusive Programs and Instruction (motivating diverse learners, Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction, collaboration, inclusive programs or lessons with examples, assessment).
  5. Assistive Technology in Libraries (what is assistive technology, assistive technology for every disability, implementing and evaluating assistive technology, web accessibility).

Project ENABLE is a partnership of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL), the School of Information Studies (iSchool @ Syracuse), and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Funding support for Project ENABLE was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Hat tip to Project ENABLE--Online Training for Serving People with Disabilities at the WI Libraries For Everyone blog

Free Webinars in April

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.


6 Success Stories You May Have Missed in February

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

⇒ Montello Public Library invited guest story time readers in January and February, among whom was  Marquette County's 4-H Youth Development Educator.

⇒ The Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake celebrated Library Lovers Month by hosting a Beanie Babies adoption event by "asking for a donation in lieu of a set adoption fee, with proceeds going towards the care of our library turtles Myrtle and Frankie."  They also held their first Seed Library event of 2015 by hosting "Master Gardener and Seed Library co-founder KC Simmers for ideas on when and techniques for how to start your garden seeds."

⇒ Markesan Library has challenged Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston to a Penny War fundraiser, that will benefit both libraries. "Starting on Feb. 16th and running through March 16th both libraries will collect pennies. The losing library has to display a booby prize of the winning library's choice for the following month. The winning library gets to display the Grand Penny for a month."

⇒ Neenah Public Library offered a Little Reader winter read-to-me challenge; "The challenge is to read 100 books to your little one during the month of February. Complete the challenge and earn a free book to keep!"

⇒ Waushara County libraries have partnered with UW-Extension to provide STEM programs of hands-on problem-based learning for children.

⇒ The Fond du Lac Public Library is adding to its collection of tech equipment available for checkout. Recent additions include 8 Makey Makey kits, 8 Kano/Raspberry Pi kits, a Lytro light-field camera, and 8 Arduino kits.

image credits:
• Patterson Memorial Library's Facebook post


Early Literacy Play & Learn Spots for Small Spaces

Even if your library doesn't have much space to add a new project area, you can get some great ideas for adding a "stealth programming" early literacy station by reading Play & Learn Spots in a Small Library.

Amy Larson, Youth Services Assistant Librarian at Sauk City Public Library, writes in her GWR guest post:

  • My vision to create several interactive experiences that encourage early literacy skill-building through reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing ...
  • I wanted the activities to fit in our small space; change seasonally; have durability; be eye-catching, safe, and cost-effective; and have flexibility to be used with a range of ages.
  • ... created “Caregiver Cove,” a resource area where I can display pertinent information for caregivers such as storytime and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten flyers, Growing Wisconsin Readers brochures, the YSS Early Literacy Calendar, and lists of recommended titles.
  • At any given time I have about seven different activities scattered throughout the children’s area.
  • So far the Play & Learn Spots have been a success. Caregivers, kids, and my director enjoy the new space. The staff has noticed that families spend more time in the children’s area on average than before the early literacy area.

Get details on how Amy planned for success by reading her post Play & Learn Spots in a Small Library and checking her Pinterest board where she collects her activity ideas.

Source: Growing Wisconsin Readers, the official blog for librarians and early childhood advocates promoting Growing Wisconsin Readers
Image credit: Amy Larson


Free Webinars in March

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.

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