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Friday, May 20, 2016

Henna Hands in Eau Claire

Thanks to Samantha Carpenter for this blog post!

I did a passive program called Henna Hands in conjunction with a book display based on our bibliography One World, Many Cultures. It didn't attract a ton of participants over the 3 weeks it was out (27), but I thought some of the results were pretty beautiful.

I used a hand template off the internet and provided some sample designs. Don't you just love the way a bunch of hands look displayed together? It always warms my heart. Hope it warmed the hearts of a few teens, too--or a few of you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Five Action Strategies to Expand Opportunities for Family Learning

Twins learning about the woods, walking, and fresh air with their grown-ups
The Urban Libraries Council and the National Council for Families Learning recently published a Leadership Brief on Libraries and Family Learning.  It's short, so you might want to take a peek.  If you just want to get a few tips, here are the five strategies they recommend for libraries:

1.  Connect with multiple key community partners that can meet family learning needs.  I seem many libraries in the country, state, and our own region doing terrific work in this area.  Libraries partnering with Public Health, Birth to Three, schools, daycares, Head Start, County Extension, and more!

2.  Increase community outreach to connect with families where they are.  Don't forget laundromats, daycare centers, places of worship...

3.  Enhance and align existing library and community literacy programs to serve families.  Be aware of what else is happening, bring groups together!

4.  Keep programming flexible to meet the needs of both parents and children.  Include multiple options. Consider offering meals, allowing drop-ins, and providing ways to extend the learning at home.

5.  Tell the story of the importance of family learning and early literacy.  We are well-positioned to do this--don't be afraid to be assertive about the importance!