Early Literacy

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queens at the Library? Yes! Drag Queens at the library reading picture books? Definitely YES!! Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created in San Francisco, CA by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions.  It has since expanded to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and a multitude of other cities. Libraries all over the country are embracing this program with open arms! DQSH is a delightful celebration of diversity and gender fluidity. It gives children and their families and caregivers positive role models who break gender stereotypes, and encourage children to be exactly who they want to be. Check out below to see what three librarians think about bringing the program to their libraries, and to see a few photos!   From the New York Public Library, Early Literacy Coordinator, Eva Shapiro, says “Drag Queen Story Hour is a wonderful addition to the New York Public Library’s early literacy programming. This…

Partnerships

Summer at the Movies with the Library

Summer blockbusters, popcorn, and a reprieve from the hot weather. All things that conjure up pleasant memories of summer at the movies for many, I’m sure. What about adding library programming and awesome librarian superstars to your movie-going experience? This summer San Francisco Public Library has teamed up with a local movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission, to partner on their Kids Camp. Kids Camp runs from May to August at the theater and is a way for kids and their families to affordably see films together with low ticket prices at just $1 – $5 with all proceeds going to local non-profits. On Wednesdays the films are free so SFPL staff has been facilitating crafts weekly in the lobby. Staff also get to introduce the film and get some time in a spotlight! Did I mentioned that the majority of the films in Kids Camp are…

Leadership

Summer Reading for Managers

Many of us working with kids and teens spend our reading time catching up on the books we’re excited to recommend to our readers. We encourage our patrons to continue reading and learning all through the summer so they can start the school year ready to grow. What if we did the same for ourselves? What if we carved out a little time over the summer (and all year round!) to educate ourselves on improving management skills? Here are a couple titles to start your reading journey. Please leave your suggestions for great management reading in the comments!   Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg               Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath                 Lean In: Women, Work, and the…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Summer Reading Wind Down – time to amp it up!

Inaction is not an option! 2017 Summer Reading might be winding down, but it’s time to amp it up for next year!  Next year’s theme is ‘Libraries Rock!’.  STEM and STEAM programming have tons of crossover applications to music. Here’s a few ideas to get you stoked for next year! Ukulele Got ukes?  How about a ukulele club?  Learning to play a few chords on ukulele is super easy – anyone can learn.  Nail C-F-G chords and you’d be floored how many songs you can play with ease.  We’ve been teaching all summer long and the kids are lovin’ it.  Next summer would be a great opportunity for you to start up your own club.  We searched around and found starter kits, complete with ukulele, bag, picks, tuner and extra strings for only $34 on sale on Amazon.                 Teens! Teens will truly…

Blogger Alexa Newman

Finding Outside Performers on a Tight Budget (or No Budget)

Today many school and public libraries are dealing with budget cuts. Unfortunately, hiring outside performers is often the first thing to go.  With a little ingenuity, there are many ways to bring a wide variety of performers to your library for little or no money. Your local and regional parks departments can be a wonderful resource. Look to surrounding communities as well as your immediate town or city, because they are often eager to visit. In my county the different departments offer everything from traveling animal ambassadors to naturalists, and from storytellers to historical interpreters.     I’ve booked programs on local wildlife for elementary age children, and ambassadors from the petting zoo for the preschoolers.     Another get resource are local and regional museums. For example, my county has a mobile exhibit housed in a converted bus. The museum waives the customary fee since we are a fellow governmental…

Blogger Advocacy and Legislation Committee

I still get asked how much it costs to get a book from the library

It’s true. Twice this year I have been asked this question. Just recently I was attending a wedding and a friend from college asked me, “I know this might be a dumb question but…how much does it cost to rent a book from the library?” It really took me by surprise. Did I show it? No way! I seized the opportunity to nicely and enthusiastically educate my friend, using the following points: -“Library books are always FREE to checkout! Isn’t that amazing!? Going to library programs and events are always free too.”   -“The only time you might have to pay the library is if you turn a book back in late after it’s due.”   -“HOWEVER, with EBooks and audiobooks online you never have to worry about that, because they check back in automatically!”   It was great seeing things click and the lightbulb go off in my friend’s…