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Friday, May 2, 2014

Books, Magazines, Newspapers Turned Into Art

Thanks to Patti Blount from Durand for sending some great photos of the artwork decorating the library these days.  The high school art class members created them, the assignment was to create something out of recycled paper.

cool bird created with old magazines

Fish in bowl used to be a book

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free Webinar about Summer Meals for Kids at Libraries!

"Read and Feed! Connecting kids to Libraries and Summer Meals"
Date: May 2nd (Friday), 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Description: Join us as we discover ways to engage children during the long summer months to libraries and summer meals! This Friday you'll be able to hear from exciting speakers throughout the country on innovative and unique ways to engage the community and prevent summer learning loss. If you wanted to increase participation at your library during the summer or looking for a cool new partnership or if you wanted to learn more from USDA experts about how to start your own summer feeding site then come join us this Friday from 2-3 p.m. CST. Register today so your space is reserved. Space is limited and registration will conclude Thursday so make sure you sign up today!

*        Michael Walton - USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Background on the Summer Food Service Program
Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they received when they were in school.  The USDA has created the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to cover this summer meal gap.   However, SFSP is one of the most underutilized government programs with only about 16% of eligible kids participating.  This is why we need your help.  You, as an individual or organization, can get involved in so many different ways.  You can serve the meals, promote the program, provide transportation, volunteer at summer food sites, partner with other sites for activities, or even go out and find new sites and sponsors. For more information about SFSP please visit: www.summerfood.usda.gov>.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Universal Design for Learning

Last week, I attended an excellent webinar put together by DPI about Universal Design/Universal Design for Learning, and how these concepts can inform our work as librarians to make our libraries more welcoming and inclusive of everyone in the community.  The webinar was recorded, and is available here (hint: look under Professional Development).  I highly recommend taking a listen, but to sum up a few of the points I that stuck with me:
  • Stepping up very intentional welcome efforts
    • Create videos for your website that explain how to do things (place a hold, etc.)
    • Take a look at your signs and layout, and make sure that you recognize different users (for instance, if you have a large Somali or Hmong population, maybe signs should be bilingual)
    • Figure out ways to make it clear what the library offers, so people don't have to dig for it
  • Carefully consider the learning and information needs of all community members when you are making decisions about how to do programming, collection development, and policy-setting
  • Think about both physical access to your services, but also intellectual access
There is more to consider here.  I'm sure that there are more ways for me to incorporate these ideas into my practice at the system level, please let me know if you have suggestions for me!