Reading out loud improves reading skills, and reading to a dog gives kids a chance to read to a non-judgmental listener. For many children, it allows a rare chance to experience stress-free reading. Considering starting a "Read to a Dog" program at your library? Over at the WisPubLib discussion list, Arin C. Wilken (Mondovi PL) asked,
Have you seen a Redbox — to rent or return DVDs and games — in your local drugstore or grocery store? They're popping up all over Wisconsin, so here's a display idea you could borrow from the Main Library of the St. Johns County Public Library System (St. Augustine, FL) to use at your library — create a Readbox!
Teaming up with your community's restaurants is a great way to raise money for your library, and a fine way to connect & collaborate with local businesses. Here are two examples of successful Dine Out for the Library events. Have you done a restaurant collaboration fundraiser also? Please leave a comment if your library has done one too! Caestecker Public Library (Green Lake):
Don Reynolds, retired director of the Nolichucky Regional Library in Tennessee, presented a 4-hour Association of Rural and Small Libraries pre-conference session “What Do I do Next?: A Work Plan for the Director of a Rural and/or Small Public Library.” His presentation focused on ways library staff can "find the community’s pulse, assess its health, and address the ne