We spend a lot of time in libraryland talking about literacy. And there are an awful lot of literacy skills to learn and teach: pre-literacy skills, visual literacy, numeracy, cultural literacy, information and computer or digital literacy…whew! But one of the most overlooked and underappreciated literacy skills is the one we use almost constantly from the time we are born: kinetic literacy, also known as physical literacy.
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The ALA Annual Conference always has a lot of session options to choose from. Librarians wear many hats, so sometimes it’s difficult to choose which one to wear at conference. If you were or were not at conference and missed something geared toward programming librarians, you’re in luck. Here’s my hat trick (top three) for you to try on for size.
When you hear “library Halloween programs” you probably think of a Trick-Or-Treat story time or a teen Halloween party. But adults can enjoy Halloween programs as well. With the right partners, Halloween programs can be affordable, educational and entertaining for adult library users. We hold many of the programs on weekends or in the evening so working adults can attend.
One of my responsibilities as an outreach librarian is to coordinate the scheduling of non-archival exhibition space in the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University. The central atria of all three library floors provide more than 500 linear feet of wall-hanging space, six vitrines of various sizes and enough floor space to accommodate at least 20 Batmobiles (if only we could get them in the door!).*
During fall 2013, I organized a half-day writing workshop for kids in fourth through eighth grade. This program was both well-attended and well-received, so in 2014 the Youth Services Department officially started a monthly writing club for this age group — a program I’ve wanted to coordinate and lead for a long time!
Finals week: Could it BE any more stressful? Inevitably, final exams bring more students to the library along with heightened stress levels. Every semester, Roesch Library at University of Dayton hosts numerous stress-relief services and activities to help students succeed. To make the time more bearable, Roesch Library’s marketing and outreach team decides upon a theme to promote finals week services.