I had a grown-up fan-girl moment while attending a "campaign stop" by Richard Harwood at the Sacramento Public Library to promote his new book, "Stepping Forward: A Positive Path to Transform Our Communities and Our Lives." My library had just wrapped up nearly two years of community conversations and in-depth training through the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, using our public knowledge summary to build a new strategic plan. I arrived early to claim a good seat, watching as the auditorium filled to capacity.
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When you think of health programs in public libraries, you probably think of people. But public health includes the environments in which we live, which includes the animals around us. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire website devoted to Healthy Pets, Healthy People, and this is the topic we will explore in this month’s blog.
In this messy, fun, hands-on program, tweens and teens dare to design and devour delicious doughnut dioramas alongside local police officers.
Using doughnuts, candy decorations and basic supplies, teams create freestanding structures that are judged in categories like creativity and engineering.
The event was designed to ease relations between local teens and police with humor and treats.
For the first program in our Hygge Winter Away series, we taught adult patrons how to make a macramé wall hanging on a Thursday evening.
Hygge is a Scandanavian lifestyle practice that emphasizes a quality of coziness and comfort that can manifest a feeling of contentment or well-being. It is particularly helpful during the darker, colder winter months.
Go Outside & Play Day was a launch event to promote our new Sport Port equipment-sharing collection of circulating youth sports equipment.
YMCA mobile programming, Y on the Fly, provided outside games, activities and snacks on the library lawn to celebrate and promote Sport Port.
Blog post author Allison Wysong is a children's librarian at Tacony Library and a participant in Cohort 6 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings.
Although we're headlong into the winter holidays, today we want to discuss a different community celebration that took place this autumn.
From books to documentaries to podcasts and beyond, true crime is experiencing a renaissance in America.
This four-hour event included a presentation from a local forensic DNA expert, a panel of local true crime authors, a true crime trivia challenge and a presentation by a social historian and crime expert.
Talking Tales offers patrons an opportunity to experience the world’s oldest art form — oral storytelling — while also learning new things about cultures around the world.
The program begins with a local storytelling troupe, the East Texas Storytellers, telling tall tales, folktales, myths and legends. Many months are themed around a particular idea or country. After the stories, the storytellers and presenter explore their tales, their origins and the region they came from in a format similar to a Q&A or talk show.
The 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference was held in Louisville, Ky., in November. While the weather in Louisville was decidedly frosty, the atmosphere in the convention center was warm and enthusiastic.