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Rural Roots: E-Newsletter Tips

The Third Place

The electronic newsletter (or e-newsletter) is something we are all familiar with — as recipients. Organizations, associations and even vendors, at times, like to impart information to members, clients, customers, etc., via regular newsletters that arrive in our email inbox. We put up with them, for the most part, because they sometimes give us valuable knowledge, advice or notifications of events or products that we are interested in and use. Sometimes when we are not so pleased with content, we delete them, but they keep coming until we “remove ourselves from the list” altogether.

Business on a Budget: Programming for Entrepreneurs

Close-up of woman using laptop

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.

Model Make and Take

Model car

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. 

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

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

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:

How to Plan a Robot Invasion in Your School Library

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

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!

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