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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Snowy Day Stamps for Holiday Cards

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates Ezra Jack Keats' story, The Snowy Day, with a Forever® stamp you could use to mail cards this holiday season; you can order booklets of 20 stamps from the USPS. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children’s author, The Snowy Day was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child.

Each of the four stamps uses artwork from The Snowy Day:

  • Peter making a snowball
  • Peter sliding down a snow-covered slope
  • Peter making a snow angel
  • Peter leaving footprints in the snow.

Since The Snowy Day was published in 1962, young readers have enjoyed joining Peter on his winter adventure. In 1963, Keats was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal, given annually to the artist of the previous year’s best children’s picture book. The Snowy Day has become a classic; since its release, it has sold millions of copies.

The Snowy Day stamp is issued as a First-Class Mail® Forever® booklet of 20 stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price; Forever® stamps can be used to send one ounce of First-Class Mail even when stamp prices increase in the future.

Image source: The U.S. Postal Service® website


Seasons Readings Holiday Marketing Kit from OverDrive

You can download free materials from OverDrive's Holiday Marketing Kit:

And here's an image you can use to announce your library's holiday hours:


Grant Money Available to Develop Library Services

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Loleta D. Fyan Grant.

Grant amount: up to $5,000
Application deadline: February 12, 2019

In order to qualify, your project...

  • must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
  • must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  • should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  • should be capable of completion within one year.

How to apply:

Previous winners have been awarded money to create a tween & teen build collective, classes on food literacy, and STEM education program for pre-teens.

Loleta D. Fyan, who was the State Librarian of Michigan for 20 years, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship". A pioneer in extending library service to rural areas and small communities and a proponent of library cooperation, Fyan was a driving force behind Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funding.


Inclusive Services Assessment Guide for Public Libraries

The beta version of the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries is now available, and you may download it now to evaluate the inclusivity of your spaces, programming, services, and administrative operations.

This initial version of the guide was designed to have a period of response from the public library professional community. DPI is collecting both general feedback about the concept of the tool and input on additional needs/uses AND specific feedback about each section at this feedback form. Input on every aspect of the document is welcome. The deadline to submit feedback is December 31, 2018.

Participants in the inaugural 2018 Inclusive Services Institute (comprised of 16 public library and regional system staff) developed this guide and intend to develop the tool further, working to make it interactive and eventually packaging it with educational resources such as webinars or training programs.

Inclusive Services Institute concludes with August session
Inclusive Services Institute Produces Self-Assessment Tool for Wisconsin Libraries
Youth and Inclusive Services

Image source:Hafuboti by Rebecca McCorkindale (CC BY-SA 4.0)


Science & STEM Materials from NASA for SLP 2019 Activities

In the summer of 2019, libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration with their Summer Library Program (SLP) events.The slogan “A Universe of Stories” and theme of "space" was chosen by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and now CSLP and STAR Net are partnering to share science and technology-related resources.

1. STAR_Net has assembled a collection of  STEM activities and resources that include printable materials (PDF format), images, and webpages that your library can use for 2019 SLP events and activities.

2. If you want to receive SLP activity resource notifications and other news from STAR Net, you can register your library’s participation to receive their event newsletter. Registration benefits include:

  • Priority access to science materials from NASA and a variety of other sources
  • Automatic entry for chance to win 1 of 2 Orion StarBlast Telescopes
  • Library representation on STAR Net‘s “Year of Space” Map

STAR_Net is a production of the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA).

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Get Childrens & YA Books at CCBC's Fall Book Sale Nov. 10th

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, the Friends of the CCBC hold book sales of new and gently-used books, including titles withdrawn from the CCBC after 12 to 18 months. The next book sale will be Saturday, November 10, 2018.

8am - 9am: Friends of the CCBC members only (anyone can join/renew at door)
9am - 1pm: everyone welcome!
(Books are replenished regularly throughout the day, so it's ok if you can't be there right away)


  • Room 401 Teacher Education Building (CCBC Conference Room), 225 N. Mills Street on the UW-Madison Campus (map and parking info).
  • Student volunteers will be available to help you load books into your car, so you can pull right up to the CCBC building instead of hauling to a far away parking spot!


$4 hardcover picture books and non-fiction ($3 Friends’ members)
$2 paperbacks  ($1 Friends’ members)
$2 for hardcover fiction and board books (everyone)
Noon - 1 p.m.: All books $1!
Payment methods: cash, check, or institutional purchase order (which may need to be arranged with administration ahead of time: you must have your institution or district’s tax exempt number, and your institution will then be billed). No credit cards can be accepted for any purchases.

This sale will feature hundreds of new and gently used children's and young adult books, as well as some older books. The sale will include hardcover trade, formula nonfiction, paperback reprints, and more. A majority of the books in the fall sale are less than 2 years old, including many new titles from 2018

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the CCBC, Inc., which supports the work of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a library serving pre-service and practicing librarians and teachers across Wisconsin.

Eye-Catching Images for Facebook Posts

When you need an attention-getting mage to add to a Facebook post, consider checking the Librarian Memes group. It's a closed group, but from your Facebook account just click the +Join Group button in order to see memes, join the discussion, post, and comment.

I've been a member of the group for a while, and in my Facebook news feed on Saturday I loved seeing Berlin (WI) Public Library's post about their book sale, and scrolling down in my news feed I soon saw the same image posted only minutes before by a member of the Librarian Memes group!

Here's the description of the Librarian Memes group:

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH LIBERTARIAN MEMES This is a group for sharing all your library, school, and learning memes! Invite your friends!
Hey guys just a few rules!
1. If you like something try to comment a nice compliment
2. Keep it friendly (I know how heated us librarians can get)
3. Remember above all HAVE FUN

Share and enjoy!

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