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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thanks to Alisha from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library for this guest post!

In the photo booth
 Happy New Year!  The Eau Claire library celebrated with a New Year’s Rockin’ Early Eve party on December 31 from 4-5 p.m.  Families enjoyed crafts, games, light refreshments, a photo booth, and a dance party complete with disco lights.  The party ended with a countdown to 5:00, an upbeat rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a special ball drop.  Each child received a kiss (a Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss, that is) and a glass of sparkling grape juice for a “midnight” toast.
Kids made their own party supplies

This was our first New Year’s Eve program and we had no idea what to expect, but we had an attendance of almost 150.  Success!  One unexpected highlight of the event was the excited response and draw to the dance floor for “What Does the Fox Say?”   I had no idea how many kids know every single word to that song!  Those in attendance had a lot of fun and parents were very appreciative for this early family event that they could enjoy together to ring in the new year. 
Waiting for the ball to drop

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

I was chatting with my friend Kathie Schneider yesterday about how the Americans with Disabilities Act is now 25 years old.  Kathie is a powerhouse advocate both for libraries and for people with disabilities.  She pointed out that libraries, with our mission to serve everyone in our communities, could use the 25 year anniversary of the ADA to celebrate our efforts to make our spaces, programs and collections accessible and inclusive.  And perhaps it could be an occasion to examine our spaces, programs and collections to see how we can make them even more accessible and inclusive for people with varying needs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reading Goals

I came across a couple of interesting posts (So Tomorrow and Abby the Librarian) about creating reading goals to help make sure you can keep on top of readers advisory for the youngest patrons.  I liked the idea of intentionally trying to read outside the age and genre groups that we tend to gravitate toward, in the interest of improved collection development and readers advisory (in its many forms).

Anyone else doing this sort of thing?  I am considering it--it might be fun to do this as a group, and have some folks to swap favorite titles with at the end of each month.  Let me know if you are up for it!