It’s been a little while since my last What I Loved post. I’ve been planning summer reading, repeatedly testing out St. Catharines’ newest ice cream shop, hitting up the batting cages, enjoying free comic book day, playing at St. Catharines’ first board game cafe, and just generally enjoying the Niagara region! Oh, and reading a lot. Here we… Read More What I Loved #18: The Hate U Give, All Our Wrong Todays, Sam Roberts, Tiny Books
The Pokemon hype is far from over, and libraries have a wonderful opportunity to draw kids in! Pop culture themed “party” events are a perfect high appeal way to draw crowds into your space, and shift the public’s perception of a library. I’ve structured mine to include 2 or 3 craft stations, 2 or 3… Read More Pokemon Party in the Library
This week I had the unique opportunity to do what most librarians only dream of: attend my own program! When I was still a librarian at Kitchener Public Library I dreamed up a program for adults called Bad Art Night. Attendees would have 45 minutes and a pile of wacky art supplies to create the… Read More Attending Bad Art Night
Ages: Tweens, teens OR 20/30s Duration: 1.5 hours Style: Drop-in Budget: $40 Goal: To provide a silly, surprising, and highly creative atmosphere with no pressure to make something “good.” Summary: A freestyle craft event for tweens and teens (although I think it could run just as well as a 20/30s program). Everyone has access to a pile… Read More Bad Art Night: Library Program Outline
Last year I ran the popular Blind Date with a Book display at the Forest Heights branch of Kitchener Public Library. I created a mixture of adult, teen, and children’s books, and found that they all flew off the shelves! I’ve enjoyed looking through other librarian’s interpretations of Blind Date with a Book on ALA… Read More Blind Date With a Book Library Display- Round Two!
I’d been looking forward to the day all year- an energy-filled meeting of the library minds! This year was another wonderful day full of so many things that I love: old friends, train rides, good coffee, free books, sparkling wine, and most of all, inspirational conversations about library services. As I sat in each packed session,… Read More OLA Super Conference 2016: The Idea Incubator
Who doesn’t love a good romp through a YA novel with dragons? I created a basic display for the teen section of the library, highlighting books with dragons in them. To spice things up, 3D flames and swords, or paper dragons could be awesome. As usual I wrote a little blurb about dragon books, and… Read More Dragon Books Display for Teens