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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Free Webinars in August

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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Free Webinars in July

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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SLP Self-Care

If you're involved in your library's Summer Library Program, do you have a strategy to get through to August without burning out?

Whether you're in the midst of a four week, six week, ten week, twelve week or sixteen week program, Beth Saxton and Casey Chwiecko have SLP self-preservation advice for you over at the Teen Services Underground blog:

...summer can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. In addition to managing the summer reading program and all its events, there are other things to contend with including staff shortages due to vacations, increases in visits and circulation, problems with unattended children, and staff negativity about all of the above.
It’s just like being on a plane when they tell you to secure your oxygen mask before helping others. You can’t do all you want to do for teens if you are running on empty.

Bonus: more good ideas from Marge Loch-Wouters:

Hat tip:
Summer is Coming!

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TRRUBY via Pixabay, Creative Commons license CC0

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3 Scholarships for Conferences, Training & CE Events

Image Three scholarships are available to help pay to attend a conference, training course, or other continuing education activity:

George Bauer Memorial Fund Continuing Education Scholarship
Amount: $850
Application deadline: June 16, 2017
Open to WLA members who plan to attend a workshop, conference, or other continuing education activity.
Application form and criteria for eligibility

Gloria Hoegh Memorial Fund Education for Rural Librarians Scholarship
Amount: $900
Deadline: June 16, 2017
Open to WLA members who is a library employee working in a Wisconsin community with a current population of 5,000 or less, who plans to attend a workshop, conference, or other continuing education activity.
Application form and criteria for eligibility
Note: Gloria was the first Coordinator of the Winnefox Library System.

Wisconsin Small Libraries (WISL)
Amount: $400
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Open to anyone who wishes to attend the WLA Conference. Application form

Free Webinars in June

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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STEM Programs on a Tiny Budget

Emily Zorea's "STEM Programming on a Budget: Planning High Interest Programs to Engage Families and Youth" presentation at the 2017 WAPL Conference was great! Not only does Emily have tons of good ideas, but those who were in the audience shared lots of creative ideas too.

...  I try to plan all programs for $.30 a child, and usually less.
We offer STEM each month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays since September of 2016. This consistency has helped our numbers and brought new families into the library.
I think the main reason why our STEM programs are successful is because they always feature an introduction (10-15 minutes) where I & a guest speak about our topic for that workshop. Then, for the rest of the time (30-45 minutes) the kids and families are able to participate in highly hands-on activities to experiment with the topic!

Go straight to Emily's Kids' Stem Workshops post on her Sowing Seeds Librarian blog to find how you can do these programs:

  • Bridge Engineering with Newspaper
  • Float or Won’t: Boat Building
  • Marble Maze (Push and Pull Physics)
  • Marshmallow Igloos
  • Straw Towers
  • Toilet Paper Mummies
  • Bats in flight
  • Binary Code
  • KEVA Brain Builders
  • Bridge Engineering with Legos and Engino Pieces
  • Computer Coding with Scratch
  • Catapults
  • Engino Simple Machines

You can see Emily's WAPL presentation slides, too.

And go to Program Handouts to get handouts from these other WAPL Conference presentations as well:

  • It's Not Just the Facts, Ma'am?: Creating and Marketing a Dynamite Youth Non-Fiction Collection
  • The Myth of Work-Life Balance for Library Leaders
  • This is a No Hit Zone: Promoting Healthy Kids and Safer Communities at Your Library
  • Talk It Up! Non-Fiction!
  • Teach and Be Taught: Teens in Your Library
  • Care and Feeding of the Entrepreneur
  • Sound Learning: Read-Alongs Enhancing Literacy Development
  • Genre Fiction Roundup
  • Do You Have a Grief Section? Readers Advisory to the Bereaved and in Crisis

photo credit: Straw Tower Tennis Ball Challenge by Wesley Fryer, Creative Commons license Attribution 2.0 Generic

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Old Book Drops: How to Upcycle

Andrea shared this tip for a great way to upcycle a library's book drop:

Montello Public Library recently donated their old outdoor book drop to the local American Legion Post 351. A helpful volunteer cleaned it up, made minor repairs and painted it to become a drop box for used flags!  What a great repurposing project! And... the library didn't have to pay to dispose of the box. This is a great reminder that collaboration with other organizations helps everyone.

Thank you, Andrea!

Are you like Andrea, and have something you want to share with other libraries? Use this form to contribute tips, send photos, or suggest ideas for posts!

Sources:
Updated photo of the flag drop, with decals! on Montello Public Library's Facebook page
Look at this! on Montello Public Library's Facebook page
Updated photo of the flag drop, with decals! on Montello American Legion Post 351's Facebook page

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