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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pop-Up Programs

pop-up card photo courtesy of extremecards.blogspot.com 
I know that some libraries in IFLS-land have done some great experimenting with pop-up programs, or programs that don't take a ton of preparation and can be available at any time, whenever there are kids in the library.  The ASLC Blog recently had a great line-up of suggestions from Amy Koester for STEAM pop-up programs.  These look fun!  And it seems like many of them could be adapted for a wide variety of ages, including teens.

If you are looking for more ideas of "stealth" programs that aren't tied to getting kids and teens to the library at a specific time, be sure to look for the breakout session (with Jenna Gilles-Turner and Jessi Peterson) at this year's Summer Library Program workshop!  Register here by November 10.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

School Library Journal Leadership Summit: Fire It UpFire

Fire Circus performing in Cameron


The School Library Journal Leadership Summit , Fire It Up:  Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students is "focused on those taking leadership in creating strong and effective school libraries, including but not necessarily limited to: school librarians and other K-12 educators, public librarians in close collaboration, technology leads, teachers, and administrators."  It looks like 2 full days of panels by school librarians and authors, and this year it is being held in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 25 and 26.  And all for the very reasonable price of FREE.  

I have another commitment that weekend, but I hope some of you go, or share the information with a school librarian you admire.  And if you go? Consider submitting a blog post about it!