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Friday, August 8, 2014

Changing It UP

Summer Library Program is an exciting, exhausting, and time-honored tradition at public libraries.  I love to hear stories of success and continually popular traditions.  I also love to hear about your innovations, your questioning how to improve outcomes, your taking a step back to think about things!

There's been some interesting buzz lately in library-land about re-thinking prizes, changing formats of summer library programs, and working on really reaching the kids who are most susceptible to the summer slide.  Take a look!

Tiny Tips for Library Fun
YSS Blog
Portage County Library working with donations to charity for prizes

At this year's SLP workshop (November 18, Florian Gardens, Eau Claire), along with concrete ideas about displays, projects, promotion, performers, collaboration, working with teen volunteers, and more, we are going to be taking some time to wrestle with some of these bigger-picture questions.  It should be an awesome day!  You can register here.

And in the meantime, congratulations on making it to AUGUST, and here's hoping for a rejuvenating weekend ahead.

Monday, August 4, 2014

An ELF Elf in Ladysmith

Kudos to the Ladysmith staff who created this adorable library elf to promote Library Elf!  Hollis says the elf doesn't leave the library--but there is probably someone on your staff or among your volunteers or community members who could make something like this for you!