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Obscure Holidays: Fun for Everyone

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Chocolate chip cookies

This month, I’ve handed the spotlight to a dear friend who always knows what obscure holiday it may be and how to celebrate it! Kami Bumgardner is the youth services coordinator at Maitland Public Library in Maitland, Fla., and works primarily with toddlers and kids through fifth grade. Any questions or comments will be forwarded to her. Enjoy!



Teen Tech Week on a Budget

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Teens using computers

This year’s Teen Tech Week (TTW) theme is Libraries are for Creating, with events taking place March 4 to 10, 2018. Teen Tech Week was created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and this year's theme is aimed at encouraging teens to take advantage of “digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations.”


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Old film projector drawing

“The book was better!” We’ve all said it, and most of the time, it’s true. The timeless discussion of whether the book or movie was better may never end. For me, it spawned a new program and partnership for my library, while attracting new patrons and re-invigorating regulars.

Celebrate International Game Week

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Whether you’ve always been a proponent of gaming in the library or were late to the party, games have found their place in adult and teen programming. According to ALA’s Games and Gaming Round Table’s (GameRT) 2016 International Games Week (IGW) report, about 82 percent of public libraries participating already had a collection of either tabletop or console games. Some libraries loan games while others focus on game events.

Cultural Cooks

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Tomato Dish (Photo by Matt Alaniz on Unsplash)

Hand putting pan of a tomato dish on tableIt wasn’t so long ago that you would be asked to leave if you brought food and drinks to the library. But in the last decade or so, many libraries have relaxed those policies, and now we are seeing some interesting results.


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