August 28, 2016

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Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

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They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Takeaways From a Perfect Library-Theatre Partnership

Costumes, set pieces, and designs in the lobby intrigue visitors. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

ImaginOn, the wildly popular collaboration of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library and Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Evolution of a Tween Librarian

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Christina Keasler started a new job with no official title or description. After conducting focused outreach and listening to community feedback, she found her calling serving middle schoolers in the public library.

Reading Room for Visually Impaired Kids Incorporates the Power of Touch

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After researching how low-vision kids experience books today, the San Antonio Public Library opened a new reading room with plenty of braille and large-print children’s books, audio and magnifying technology, and tactile art.

Denver Teen Programs Revived, Thanks to Asset Mapping

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With a little know-how, you can score more funding for your program through an asset-mapping project. No, it’s not the same thing as needs assessment.

Want to Start a STEM Program? Assess Your Community Needs First

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Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.

Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families

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When she realized an entire community of 75 kids younger than five weren’t having their basic needs met, one determined children’s librarian worked a minor miracle in the form of a program called Play, Grow, and Learn.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

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Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day

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Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.

2016 New York Library Advocacy Day Ramps Up

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On March 2, the state’s librarians (and their friends) can meet with legislative staff and make their collective voices heard in Albany.

Almost Home: How Public Libraries Serve Homeless Teenagers

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Library offerings for these young people include drop-in card games and supplemental educational services.

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LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants

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Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

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According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

To Support Teen Parents, Libraries Build Trust and Unique Programs

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Public libraries reach out to teenage parents and their children by offering specialized services ranging from tips on reading with babies to free car seats.

Bright Ideas Abound at YALSA’s Summer Learning Workshop

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The secrets to running a popular summer learning experience for teens at public libraries were shared at a special session at this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Black History Month Ideas From NCTE

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Get resources and fresh ideas for holding a read-in anytime during the month of February to mark Black History Month.

Get Ready for Take Your Child to the Library Day 2016!

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This initiative, started in Connecticut five years ago, is growing by leaps and bounds. Here’s how—and why—to join in the fun.

Children Are Being Connected to Nature Right in the Library

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Here’s how inspired librarians are parlaying kids’ natural sense of wonder into an affinity with and knowledge of nature.

Newbery Confidential

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One librarian’s year of reading, sharing, and secret keeping while serving on the 2016 Newbery Award Committee.

Pictures of the Week|1,000 Star Wars Fans at Fairfield (CT) Public Library

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Fans of all ages came from far, far away to participate in Yoda Yoga, Jedi lightsaber training, a Star Wars Shakespeare activity, and more.