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TRY Fayetteville Public Library

Presenter's son holding chicken at talk about chicken-raising

TRY Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) is a monthly series that encourages our community to experiment and explore new activities and interests in a hands-on atmosphere — a risk-free way to find new hobbies. TRY FPL allows a person to explore topics that sound interesting, get a feel for what is involved, and then decide if they want to pursue it in more depth. Our January 2015 kickoff offered Cajun dance lessons for the community.

Experience: France

Experience France logo with Eiffel Tower

Experience: France was the first in what we hope will become a series of after-hours, adults-only cultural nights. We had French food and wine available for participants to sample. We offered a fun photo booth where participants could get their photo taken, then have a souvenir to take home. We also showed the French film "Amélie." It was a fun, relaxing event that brought a different crowd into the library.

Life-Sized Candy Land

Life-size Candy Land pieces

Families taking part in West Babylon Public Library's reading club were invited to play a life-sized game of Candy Land. Participants made their way around a life-sized board through all the candy worlds until they reached King Candy. Along the way, families could collect goodies (edible and non-edible) as they worked together.

Human Library

People talking at Human Library event

The Human Library is a living, breathing library where humans are the books and the stories are their lives. Readers are invited to browse the catalog and check out a human book for a 20-minute one-on-one conversation, during which they can learn and ask questions. The program builds community by providing an opportunity for the reader to challenge prejudices and learn about individuals who have had different life experiences. The Human Library was a unique way for library customers to have what could be a transformative experience.

Open Mic

Student performs during open mic

Open Mic is a recurring event — open to students, staff and the community — typically hosted on either a Thursday or Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Students and staff are granted five minutes on stage for any school-appropriate performance. Performances have ranged from poetry readings (of students’ own works or from a favorite poet) to singing, dancing, comedians and even heavy metal bands. The event has drawn audiences of 8 to 120 people, including family to friends, even pets. Coffee and snacks are served.

Senior Expo

Older adults at the Senior Expo

The library organized a daylong Senior Expo that brought together local county organizations that offer services to seniors and their families. The focus was on health, wellness, legal issues and more. 

Zombie Prom

Zombie prom attendees in zombie attire

Zombie Prom was an after-hours Halloween event for teens held on a Friday evening. Participants were encouraged to dress up in prom finery/as zombies. There were zombie makeup artists, dancing, refreshments and more.

Dating Dante

Dating Dante poster

Yes, it happened: Speed dating came to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois. But it was not exactly what you think. Ten book-loving students offered six-minute presentations on a variety of remarkable books and/or manuscripts. Each of them discovered and researched a rarity that “spoke to them,” or perhaps we should say a book “that made their spines tingle.” Guests were invited to wander from treasure to treasure every six minutes.

Game Night at the Library

Scavenger hunt winners with library staff

During our first ever Game Night at the Library, we offered board games, Bingo (with prizes), a Wii with various games patrons could check out, a library-themed scavenger hunt meant to get attendees familiar with the library's new space and existing services with prizes for the winning team, and pizza, desserts and beverages.  This event was open to our faculty, staff and students who were encouraged to bring their family members with them.  

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