Celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These ideas and resources will help jump-start your plans.
About a year and a half ago, as a colleague and I were preparing for an upcoming book club discussion, she asked me a basic question: How many chairs should I set up? On its face it seemed simple, but I found it to be a question that I could not really answer. As a relatively new programming librarian at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library, I had tried to put forward workshops, lectures, and discussions that I thought our students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members, would find interesting and useful. Sometimes I succeeded, and sometimes I failed miserably.
As we all experience daily, public library systems are doing more with less. So what is a system to do when faced with the task of filling a community need with a skeleton staff and invisible budget? The Manatee County Public Library System in Bradenton, Florida, was faced with this very question after our 2011 long-range planning process. The service area of Manatee County is 743 square miles with a population of 327, 293.
It is graduation season, which means new graduates are out seeking that first full-time job. But where to begin the search? Graduates should take a look at the resources at their library.
Using the library to find a job after school is nothing new. Even President Obama credited the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library and its librarians for the resources he used to find his first community organizer position.
I’ll be up front and admit that I chose to blog about Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library’s recent program Doggone Fun! not just because it looks like it was a fun program for children (I’m sure it was), or because the title is delightfully punny (it is), or even because it featured dogs as the topic (it did), but because it included a visit by the world’s largest dog (according to the 2013
Editor’s Note: Here’s another award-winning idea to steal, this time for the school librarians out there. Public librarians, I could see this as a great launchpad for a writing workshop for children or adults (and a great opportunity to partner with experts).
Public programming takes place in all types of libraries and by a range of librarians in various positions. Some libraries have a full programming budget and staff, while others make do with no budget and staff with various titles and other job duties. The one thing programming librarians (whether officially titled that or not) share is a passion to bring the best programming to their patrons and the belief that programming is an integral library service.
A new study shows that the majority of parents highly value one resource for their children: libraries. Ninety-four percent say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The study, “Parents’ and Children’s Special Relationship with Reading and Libraries,” reveals the strong connections parents have with public libraries.
Whether spring means a thorough house cleaning, preparing a home garden or simply enjoying the season, librarians are planning programs that suit library users’ preferred springtime activities.
Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are planning to do to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Programs broaden the scope of the library’s mission and bring in people who might not otherwise have discovered and utilized the public library. The combination of programs, library services, and library resources will help grow a new generation of library users.—Linda Andrews, Director, Hoover Public Library