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Friday, November 9, 2012

Voting for Services and Stuff in Fall Creek

Thanks to Jenna for information about this super-cool voting project in Fall Creek!

Over the past few months, adults have been exercising their right to think and tomorrow they will have the chance to vote.

Over the past few weeks, Fall Creek youth have been able to make THEIR voices heard. We sent ballots home through school for all ages to vote on favorite Public Library programs, movies & books from 2012, kinds of pizza, things we should purchase for them to have access to in the Library, and more! 

Based on the voting results, next year, the Fall Creek Public Library will purchase backjack chairs, more LEGOs, and Wii attachments. If you would like to help our youth and the Library, your donations are always appreciated!

 backjack chairs

The two grades with the highest voter turn-out (percentage) will earn a Winter Break pizza and game night at the Library. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Using Social Media for Readers' Advisory

I attended an interesting session at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference about leveraging social media as a Readers' Advisory tool.  Ben Miller from Sauk City Public Library talked about using Pinterest to recommend books, have a virtual staff-picks display, or link to new books in the catalog.  It made me want to explore this idea even more.

Then, folks from the Milwaukee Public Library talked about having a special 5-hour event that allowed people to use Facebook to submit the last 3 books they'd read  and get a suggestion for the next book to try.  The Milwaukee event was staffed by 10-12 people, all in the same room.  The event was held during the school day, and they didn't encourage participation by children or teens, but there are many ways to make this work in a smaller library, and with youth.  What would happen if you had this offer out there all the time?  Or make it last for a week?  Response time would have to be slower if you didn't have an event created especially for it, since you would have to be doing other work at the same time.

The presenters mentioned that this would be great training ground for someone who is not as accustomed to doing readers' advisory on the fly--you have a little more time than if someone is standing right in front of you.  It has the added benefit of being social, so others can add in their suggestions, and see what others are reading.

Anyone thinking about doing this?  If so, how is it going?  What's your plan?