June 22, 2017

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Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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Teen Maker Space Outreach: Behind the Scenes With Karen Jensen

Highlights of a Teen Librarian Toolbox series with practical tips on how to make text-transfer speech bubbles, a photo booth, custom postcards, and more.

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Here we are, day 4 discussing outreach and let’s talk about making chalkboard speech bubbles as photo booth props. Full disclosure: I have awful penmanship. I write myself notes and then later, I have no idea what they say. None. So I was worried about how we were going to make our speech bubbles for […]

Making Photo Booth Props: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 3

As promised, today is day 3 in discussing our outreach modules at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and we will be discussing making our own photo booth props for our portable photo booth that I shared with you yesterday. Why make your own props? Well, I figured since we are a […]

Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 2

Yesterday I shared with you that this week was all about outreach and introduced you to our basic format. Today, I’m going to share with you how we created our portable outreach photo booth. Our primary outreach event is called First Fridays, which is a downtown festival with food trucks, an outdoor concert, and an […]

Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we have been working really hard to do outreach for our new Teen MakerSpace. This week, I thought I would share with you what our outreach looks like. We have now put together 2 separate outreach packets, and I am working on a third. What […]

Libraries Provide Stability for Military Children and Families

Amid the frequent transitions that military children face, libraries are often a welcoming destination. Librarians have been increasing their efforts to connect these families with a variety of services.

Create Buzz Around Reading with a Pop-Up Library

Here’s how a PA high school librarian enticed reluctant library users with a mobile, curated selection of high-interest titles.

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

Philly Girl Scout Creates Community Lending Library  

With help from a local pastor, one teen’s scout project becomes Project Read, which is “raising reading levels one book at a time” in her needy community.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

Wheels of Change: Up Close with Outreach Librarian Richard Lyda

“We’re bringing services to people who either would not or could not access them otherwise….[it] truly does change lives,” says Library Journal Mover & Shaker Richard Lyda, outreach librarian at Arapahoe Library District in Centennial, CO. In our follow-up interview, Lyda shares with SLJ his strategies for effective community outreach, what’s next for him in his district, and much more.