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Friday, August 16, 2013

Teens' Top Ten Voting Starts Now!

Teen readers between the ages of 12 and 18 can vote online for their favorites from this year’s list of nominated titles from now through September 15th. The books nominated for the list were selected by teen book groups from around the country (this is something your teen book group could do, too!)  The resulting Teens' Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week, the third week in October. You can find an annotated list and a book trailer of the nominees as well as tips for promoting the Teens’ Top Ten to teen readers here.

I am seeing book displays, promotions, book group discussions, challenges to read all the titles nominated...Lots of places to go with this!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Collaboration Between Libraries

I've seen a lot of innovative collaboration activities in the library world--libraries working with schools, libraries working with community agencies, reaching out to museums and artists and scientists to provide fabulous programming.  And I've seen libraries eager to share ideas with each other and help each other out, which is another terrific form of collaboration. Last week I heard about the terrific All Library Sports and Pizza Night

Three small libraries (Osceola, Dresser and St. Croix Falls), worked together to create a magnificent, all-ages bonanza.  Sports:



The local royalty were there, volunteers were everywhere, a DJ came--it truly was an all-ages event.  All the libraries participated in planning and implementation, and 150 or so people came from all three communities to participate.   This is the sort of thing that would be challenging for a small library to pull off, and possibly have a disappointing return for the amount of work put into it.  But combining forces made it possible.  And more fun, too! Way to go!