I've heard many people say that seeing what other libraries are doing can be the best way to get re-energized at your own library. Sometimes this is as complex as coming up with a whole new space. Sometimes it is seeing a cool new display idea, or even a flyer for a program you wouldn't have known about otherwise.
The Wisconsin Library Association's Youth Services Section will be hosting a bus tour of fancy new or newly renovated libraries in the Twin Cities area on Friday, October 7 (the day after our super cool, free workshop on time management and difficult conversations). Bus leaves from Eau Claire, and also from Wilson (west of Menomonie). You can see the central branches of both St. Paul and Minneapolis, then tour some suburban libraries, too. Cost is $25, lunch is on your own. How cool, not to have to deal with city driving and parking, but still get to see some urban libraries and glean ideas!