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Now is the perfect time to start planning some fun holiday library programs for teens. 2015 was the inaugural year of the Holidaze Crafts for Teens program at my library, where teens made their own holiday gifts to give to family and friends. It was a great success.
This year for Canadian Library Month, we decided to go big! Every week we had a new activity with chances for our patrons to win prizes (books and a tablet). For the first week of October, we invited young patrons to illustrate what the library means to them and proudly displayed their creations in our children's department all month long. Every drawing gave them a chance to win a book.
Today I am thankful for conversations and program-sharing that happen when librarians can get together to support and expand upon each other’s work. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday, Oct. 6, when the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Diversity Interest Group hosted its annual workshop at the State Library of Ohio.
About five years ago, I created a program called Haunted Library. Our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) really looked forward to this program every year. They absolutely loved planning this event, making up different themes each year and going all out from the beginning of the school year until Halloween. It was so awesome because they were fully invested.
Sometimes we know we need a break but don't know where to start. Use this handy guide for some simple stretches you can do at your workstation or the circulation desk.
Feel free to print and share (and hang in the break room)! Download a PDF version of the poster.
At the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University, library programming is supported by two full-time librarians, one full-time support staff person, and a team of student assistants. This is a far cry from where we were only a few years ago, when programming and outreach was led by a single librarian.*