Just over a year ago, my branch of Baltimore County Public Library started doing monthly outreach visits at the Charles Hickey School at the Maryland Juvenile Detention Center for Boys. We do regular outreach to all the other schools in our area, we thought; why not bring library-led reading and discussion to this one, too?
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By applying Universal Design for Learning principles, many aspects of in-person programs will be accessible, welcoming and non-stigmatizing to patrons with or without disabilities.
What counts for accessibility, however, will vary from program to program. Here are some guidelines for making different program types accessible.
Although many libraries re-opened their doors this year, the pandemic still greatly affects the daily tasks of library workers everywhere. Whether you’re still asking yourself “what the heck is a hybrid program?” or you’re just facing general burnout as another year wraps up – there’s a book for that.
Hopefully, the following list can provide you with some good reads to guide you and reaffirm your strengths as a programming librarian. Have a book to add? Comment the title below! We’d love to grow the list. Happy reading!
According to America Walks, “good health is not the only benefit of walking. In fact, there is a broad range of individual and community benefits that accrue when people walk more often and when communities are designed to make walking safe, enjoyable and convenient.” The benefits include safe neighborhoods, healthy communities, social equity, environmental sustainability and even improved economies.
Is your book club feeling stale or uninspired? Has attendance dropped, or are you struggling to keep your patrons engaged? What you need is a reboot. “Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office profiles dozens of successful book clubs across the country.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has announced a new round of the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
"The book was better" is a phrase I probably utter too much. I'm that killjoy in the room who will refuse to see movie adaptations because they never seem to measure up to what I imagined as I read the book. However, when a group of friends suggested we do a Book-to-Movie Club at the library, I knew it was too good an idea to pass up.
I have always loved planning programs. Before I was a librarian I was an event planner, and I spent my time planning events for socioeconomically challenged groups in the Bay Area. Now I spend my time planning programs and events for teens at my library and helping my fellow colleagues come up with innovative ideas for teen programs.