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ALA has released five case studies detailing the experiences of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort, a group of public libraries that spent 18 months engaging their communities and taking a leadership role in driving community change.
Coding for Adults was a no-experience-necessary introduction to HTML and CSS. Using resources found within Codecademy and Common Sense Media, the event required $0 beyond staffing. Attendees ranged from interested parents looking to understand what their children are learning in elementary school and college, to former 90s-era web developers, to others just looking to learn a new skill.
For libraries that lack space for programming and events, quick craft activities can be offered to patrons on a Quick Craft Cart. Supplies for making bookmarks and holiday cards are provided on a book cart, along with an example of the craft. It costs little money and takes up the room of a single book cart. Perfect for smaller libraries! We offered our craft cart during our Holiday Open House so more patrons would be around to take part, and did so again with an Easter egg bookmark craft, which were made by approximately 15 people.
Movies are a popular way to engage students with real-life stories and situations connected to what they’re learning in class or experiencing in their personal lives. At University of Dayton Libraries, the diversity and inclusion team sponsors our frequent film screenings and series. Recently, our film screenings have undergone some changes in subject matter, genre and supplemental programming, and the results have been fantastic. Below I’ll list the five things to take into consideration for planning a successful film screening in your library or on campus, in five acts.
The Iditarod — a long-distance sled dog race — begins the first Saturday of March in Anchorage, Alaska. I have been able to teach technology skills, research skills, geography and history through teachings about the race. Students get excited when they find out that the race includes dogs! I ask all teachers to try to include some aspect of the Iditarod in their curriculum during these months. Depending on the grade and class composition, I create projects for the students that include all of the elements of "the last great race."
The Silver Fox Audiobook Club is an ongoing book club that meets every Friday morning to listen to and discuss audiobooks of interest to its participants, clients of a local senior care center. Upon completing a book, the club meets at the library to watch the movie companion to the book and discuss the differences between the book and the film.
At the University of Dayton, the alumni association and libraries partner on programs that reach out to younger alumni without asking for much. This includes a fundraiser for a pizza break for students and a note-writing drive that brings smiles. UD is a Catholic, Marianist institution that is known for its sense of community, nice people, and everyone holding a door open for the people behind them. These programs align with the community spirit of the institution.