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Friday, April 12, 2013

St. Croix Falls Teen Intern Grant!

Cole Zrostlik wrote recently with the happy news that the St. Croix Falls Public Library has received another national grant!  YALSA and Dollar General sponsor a grant to help libraries hire teen interns to help with the Summer Library Program--both to help libraries provide programming they might not be otherwise able to provide, and to help teens gain valuable work skills.  St. Croix Falls was one of only 20 libraries nation-wide to win the grant!

I can see why they won, when I look at the information on their website about the program.  It looks like they are going to support their interns and help them do creative endeavors that will tap into their own special interests and abilities.  Way to go!

St.Croix Falls discover, connect, enjoy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

RLPL Geeks Folk Dancing!

Many thanks to Ashley Bieber, Rice Lake Public Library, for this guest blog post!

A couple of months ago I was introduced to an Americorps volunteer that is in town through November.  It turns out she was very interested in folk dancing and had taught at a diversity-appreciation youth camp out east last summer.  She wondering if the library would be interested in hosting a program.  I said "sure!"

She was able to get a LIVE string band (Second Wind String Band) to come for a Friday night Family Folk Dance night.  We did a variety of European and American dances.  It was a great all ages program! 

I was really worried because the week prior no one had asked about it or displayed interest in my signs.  But lo and behold we had a nice group of 40 kids and adults show up.  Everyone had a great time, and it was so nice to have live music in the library!

One interesting thing I noticed is that some kids that usually aren't fond of "free" dancing were able to participate comfortably because they had directions to follow.

Three cheers for getting in touch with the community and giving something a try!  

Also, the Americorps volunteer seems open and interested in on-going series programs as well as dances again.  So if anyone in the area is interested in having something similar I could pass along their information!

As someone who actually does geek family folk dances, I can tell you that this is a super fun intergenerational event, and a great way to expose people to some great live music!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Caine's Arcade in Chippewa Falls

Check the YSS Blog for a guest post by our own Colleen Crowley about a Caine's Arcade-inspired partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.  Super Cool!
Two kids work on set-up for their cardboard arcade game in Chippewa Falls