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We're Going on a Photo Hunt: A New Take on the Library Tour

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Materials from the photo scavenger hunt

Like many libraries, the University of Dayton Libraries has worked to implement a fast, informative and fun orientation activity to replace the traditional library tour. We started with a scripted, librarian-led tour and scavenger hunt with clues posted around the library. However, this format required both librarian time and a lot of that awkward, backward walking that tour guides do. The scavenger hunt's clues, though clever, required set-up and tear-down time.

If You Feed Them, They will Come

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Local Chef smiles as she prepares food during a demonstration

Think food programs are too pricey for your library? Think again! The Leesburg (Fla.) Public Library is successfully hosting an ongoing series of culinary programs without breaking the bank. We’ve partnered with several local businesses, organizations and writers to bring our community this delicious series of programs. The programs feature cooking demos, health and nutrition classes and even put an edible spin on youth and teen programs. Here are some food programs you can try at your library:

Summer Music Programs for Teens and Tweens

Musical freeze tag participants

I can't believe its June already; the last few months have really flown by fast. I always love June because all of the libraries are gearing up for summer reading. This summer, our theme is "Read to the Rhythm," and we have all kinds of fun music-related programs happening across all of the Contra Costa County Libraries. 

Child stacking cups

How to Plan a Robot Invasion in Your School Library

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Student-designed robots

Why Robots? Simple answer: Kids love the pop culture references to robots, such as "Transformers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Taking advantage of recent achievements of the school’s robotics team, our library featured programming in which the team would bring their robots featured in local competitions into the school library. Not only could students attending the program operate the robots, they could also look at the different parts used in robot construction and experiment with the mechanics of the robots. 

Genealogy for Kids

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A boy and his grandmother reading

Ok, I’ll admit it. I don’t really know that much about genealogy, only that it is a hobby in which individuals trace their family histories. This appears to me to be a no-win situation, because I am always leery of what I could potentially discover. Would my family be a veritable rogues’ gallery of ne'er-do-wells that I would have to explain or apologize for? I could just imagine running into a fellow genealogical enthusiast at a local Jamboree and having to apologize to them AND their ancestors for the fact that my great-grandfather stole and ate some oxen from them in Jamestown!

Delightful Programs: Takeaways from Computers in Libraries 2015

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Tote captioned: "I Love CIL"

This year's Computers in Libraries conference, held April 27 to 29 in Washington, D.C., was abuzz with innovation, new technology and thought-provoking ideas to integrate the latest discoveries into library programs. However, one of the most profound takeaways was from the first speech on the first day of the conference.

Zombies, Zombies, Everywhere: Are You Ready for the Apocalypse?

The party is here zombie

YA books really inspire me. At any given time, I can be found reading several YA novels simultaneously. It makes me feel totally exhilarated to keep up with my teen reading; for some reason, I have never grown out of it. It all started with my fiendish obsession with Harlequin romance novels, which slowly moved into a deep love for paranormal romance and sci-fi love triangles. Many of the programs I create are inspired by the books I read. 

So, You Want to Start a Minecraft Program

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Screenshot of the author's Minecraft character

So you want to run a Minecraft program at your library? Great! Minecraft is a crowd-pleaser, is easy to adapt for a whole host of ages of interests, and, once you've got a plan, is a very easy program to run. We've been playing Minecraft several times a month at our library for two years now, and the excitement surrounding it doesn't seem to be waning at all among the older elementary and middle school-aged children of our village.

Yoga in the Library

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Woman holds a book while balancing in dancer pose at the Fredericton Public Library

Welcome to the first post about kinesthetic library programming! I have been teaching yoga in school and public libraries since 2008. This is a great post to read if you are thinking about doing yoga programs at your own library. You probably have a lot of questions, so let’s get started. 

Woman holds a book while balancing in dancer pose at the Fredericton Public Library

So what, exactly, is yoga? 

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