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Friday, September 27, 2013

Charity Challenge in Eau Claire

Thanks to Alisha Green from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library for this great report on how their Summer Library Program's Charity Challenge turned out!

I originally wanted to try an alternative to SLP prizes, but I also knew that not everyone would be in agreement with eliminating prizes all together.  The Charity Challenge worked nicely as it was presented as another prize option – they could choose to receive their prize (a coupon for free ice cream, for example) or they could “donate” their prize to the chosen charity.  Yes, more kids chose the ice cream than not, but there were many kids who chose to donate some, if not all of their prizes throughout the summer to the charity!  And they were so proud to do so.  Teens put their Book Bucks toward the Charity Challenge goal as well.
The check is delivered!
In addition to being a prize alternative, kids and teens could contribute to the charity by completing a number of literacy activities (encouraging the literacy goals of the Summer Library Program!) such as telling a favorite story from another character’s point of view, putting on a puppet show, creating a wordless picture book, singing their favorite song or nursery rhyme, etc.  There was also a place in Youth Services where they could display poems or short stories they wrote for others to read.  Each time they completed a literacy activity or donated their prize they could put a sticker on a large display.  This was a nice visual to see their progress toward reaching the goal….and they met it!!  Charter Bank, the sponsor for our program, agreed to donate up to $500 to the charity based on the literacy activities completed by SLP participants.

The chosen charity was the Give-A-Kid-A-Book Project, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, which distributes books during the holiday season to children in the community who might not otherwise have books to call their own.  This charity tied in perfectly with the Summer Library Program.  The sponsoring bank, our chosen charity, Youth Services staff and library patrons were all thrilled with the success of our first Charity Challenge and we all agreed to offer this again next year!   

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sign Up for World Book Night!

World Book Night is on April 23--a super-cool night when people who love books get a bunch of books they love to give away to people who aren't necessarily big readers.  It's a way to share the book love, and a great outreach opportunity for librarians! You can register to give away books (not just to regular library patrons, though) as an individual, or your library can sign up to be a pick-up site for other individuals who want to participate.  Deadline to sign up is October 23!
Cole from St. Croix Falls did this last year--here's her account of what their library did.
 Last year we called April 23 "New User Day" and did a little extra publicity-- we already had a good assortment of kids' books here to give away anyway. Anyone who signed up for a new card during our open hours (10-7) got a free book.
We had David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day as our book (you give your top choices [a book that YOU have read] and they send you a box with about 2 dozen of one title). At the end of the day, I went around downtown St. Croix Falls and gave some out to bar patrons, a restaurant owner, the gas station workers. People were really excited to have them. Our director brought a nice big stack to the high school and distributed during a volleyball game to people who were going in/out. We put a bit of literature in each book too.

I know that at the Osceola Library, more than one staff member registered to be a "book giver" and they had 2-3 titles that they were giving away!
It was fun/easy/a good promotion. Libraries can sign up to be pick up locations, too. Anybody can be a book giver, but they will only ship to registered pick up points-- this might be a good opportunity for teen patrons who are super readers to get out in the community too!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fine Motor Skills

Young kids need opportunities to develop their fine motor skills.  Many of you incorporate letting kids develop those skills at storytime with art project--kids practice cutting, drawing, painting, picking up small objects, etc.  I found a fun post at No Time for Flashcards recently with 25 playful ways to work on fine motor skills--some take a lot of prep and would work best for families to do at home, but others look like a lot of fun to try at the library.  Let me know if you try them, what you think!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Money Smart Week Information

Thanks to Marge Loch-Wouters for passing on this information!

Sign up for this free webinar and learn how easy it is for your library to participate in Money Smart Week @ your library, April 5-12, 2014. a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Money Smart Week @ your library is designed to assist libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life—retirees, school kids, college students, anyone and everyone! In 2013 over 500 libraries in 47 states participated.

In the webinar, learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you, and then join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances during 2014 Money Smart Week.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013, 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00).