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Fondo cooking workshop

Kitchens in Libraries

Two brand new libraries in the Province of Barcelona have a space with a kitchen and cooking equipment. The library directors explained why cooking programs for children and adults are very successful.

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One Book 4 Colorado: Free Books for Early Literacy

In April 2015, the One Book 4 Colorado program gave away its selected title to four year-olds across the state for the fourth time since its beginning in 2012. This year’s selection was How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen.  Over 70,000 books in English and Spanish were given away in libraries, preschools, […]

Girl reading

Smart Start Community Outreach

Recently I attended an American Libraries webinar on The Future of Libraries. Among the many topics that were discussed was the idea that libraries need to get out of the stacks and into the community. Many libraries already support organizations within the community, whether it’s through hosting events or posting informational pamphlets about these local organizations. However this idea explores how the library can leave the building and help the community.

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Seen on TV – A Popular Genre

Does the phrase “As Seen on TV” make you think of late night infomercials and gadgets that never work quite right? In the library, it can mean circulation gold!

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Humorous Books Can Appeal to Reluctant Readers

It breaks our hearts to see increased numbers of unhappy children being dragged to the library by concerned parents wanting to improve reading skills. We believe there is a genre of books that will help both parents and children find reading happiness.

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A Mini Maker Faire at the Library

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire was held on October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 6,000 people in attendance, it was a great way to introduce people to a new library, its makerspaces, and the maker culture as a whole. Plans are currently in progress for the second annual faire.

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Librarians Getting Ready to Read with the Rhythm

Get out your guitar, ukulele, maracas, and tambourine! Winter has just begun, but librarians across the country are choreographing their “Read to the Rhythm” summer.

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Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know

Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.

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High Tech Makerspaces

The makerspace movement encompasses a wide berth from the basic to the high tech, and the free to the highly expensive. Determining what the library can afford, what it wants to accomplish with its makerspace, how best to utilize its resources, and whether partners can be found to support these efforts is incredibly important.

Thanksgiving

How Is a Library Open House Like a Thanksgiving Dinner?

No football, no parades, but maybe a turkey coma. What do these seemingly dissimilar events really have in common?

3-D Printer

3D Printing: New Horizons

3D printing has opened up a whole new world, and a whole new can of worms.

Museum of Natural History

Bringing the Smithsonian to Your Patrons

One of the most interesting museum experiences out there is the Smithsonian. However, many people may not have the opportunity to travel and see everything. Now, the American Library Association has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to offer a traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins, based on the Hall of Human Origins.

televisit day

Library Outreach Services Helps Families of the Incarcerated Stay Connected

Library Outreach services at the Brooklyn Public Library have removed the obstacles for children of the incarcerated to connect with a parent in jail—through technology, creativity and a belief in family literacy, Televisit has changed the landscape of children’s visits at Riker’s Island.

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Outdoors or Indoors – Anywhere is a Good Place to Read

Recently the New York Public Library (NYPL) unveiled a new program that they hoped would encourage more patrons to make use of their wonderful collection.

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Calling Kids to the Library Lunch Table

We’ve always known that food brings people together, but we didn’t know that Lunch at the Library would build such a strong bond with our community. And, it’s only been a few weeks since our library began this exciting new program.