Every library serves entrepreneurs. They come in ready to expand upon an idea; some are looking to share this idea with the community. We offer tons of tangible tools for entrepreneurs-in-training, sending them home with stacks of books and resources. Some libraries create makerspaces to encourage idea generation and rent conference rooms for important meetings. Your library’s programs can provide another outlet for entrepreneurs. However, there’s no need to stretch your already-limited budget (and staff) too thin.
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All programs are about sharing. When we create or host a program, we share information, inspiration and ideas. Sometimes we even share a little about ourselves. This blog post is about working with a local business to bring a youthful passion of mine to a new generation and even bringing back some fond memories for my peers. For this, we will need to time travel just a little.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.