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American Library Association calendar of events

Here are some sites featured in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries which may be helpful or of interest.  Hope they help provide ideas! Choose Privacy Week National Library Legislative Day September is Library Card Sign-Up Month Banned Books Week: … Continue reading

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Interesting Public Library Programs & Topics

Mastering Relationships @ Your Library  Using movies to discuss one’s marriage, per studies it can reduce divorce rates.  The list includes a couple of Katherine Hepburn movies, including, one of my favorites, “Desk Set.”   Community Engagement This article featured a library … Continue reading

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A Librarian’s Busman’s Holiday

An article in the May 2013 issue of the “American Libraries” magazine discussed libraries at U.S. National Parks.  That could be considered a brilliant holiday for a librarian!  Yosemite National Park, for example, has 2 official collections plus the Sierra … Continue reading

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Kids, Mentors, & the Library

While there are many formal (i.e. Big Brothers/Sisters or Kinship)  and informal means to connect with or be matched with a mentee, there is the question of what sort of activities to do with the kid or teen.  Mentors can take their … Continue reading

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A Librarian & Her Tea

I’m a librarian and have been described as a tea snob.  I did some quick searching online today and couldn’t find anything describing whether this was a librarian stereotype or not.  Although Jo Dereske has written a series of mysteries of … Continue reading

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Libraries prepped authors for their careers

“Books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind – humanity in print.”  Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989) The United for Libraries site  features quotations about libraries, including Barbara Tuchman’s.  Many authors have found libraries to be their “university” or … Continue reading

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Book clubs

While book clubs have been around for quite some time they’ve been getting more media coverage in the last few years.  Many books which are being promoted as good for clubs, or have become popular with clubs, are now being … Continue reading

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International Games Day @ your library (November 3)

This has been occurring every November for 5 years but this is the first info I’ve seen about it.  The American Library Association began this “to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all … Continue reading

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Discovering

In working on the questions for my Table Topics Moderator role at my Toastmasters meeting I was contemplating the theme “what will you discover.”    A discovery, as defined in the dictionary, is “a person, place, or thing that has been discovered.”  It could also be an idea. … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6, 2012)

Book banning is something I’ve never been able to understand.  The issue probably just boils down to a matter of trust.  If the reader doesn’t understand or disagrees with a book, or portion thereof, will they go to someone they … Continue reading

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