Blogger Kathia Ibacache

Operation: Get the Books Out

How are your Circulation numbers doing? Are your books leaving your library? Simi Valley Pubic Library set up a circulation goal of 21,500 item checkouts for December 2017, just slightly higher than our numbers for December 2016. Interestingly, our December checkouts tend to be less than November, even when important Holidays fall in December. Thus, when it comes to “Operation: Gets the Books Out” we must be intentional, we want to be motivated, and we want to go the extra mile. Use your shelf space as much as you can It will be easier for library users to grab books that are readily available. Caregivers with small children will appreciate your shelf displays, since there is not much time to make a book search.           Use table displays located at strategic locations Book displays can have a variety of related subjects. For example, you can display…

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

All I Want for Christmas

This is total fluff. Total! In the face of real actual wishes – ie dismantling white supremacy in the library and out, preserving net neutrality, and etc and etc (I could go on)- this is silly. But here you go. It would help my sanity when meeting new people (ie at holiday parties etc) to see these stereotypes as good outreach opportunities but some days I have just totally had it.   Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library at the Nevada County Community Library in California. She is also an artist type and you can see her work at

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Wearable Tech Programming

The ALSC Children’s and Technology Committee is always looking for great program ideas to use technology with kids. My co-worker, Phyllis Davis, has become the STEAM Queen at my library district and I knew she’d be the perfect person to talk about soft circuits and wearable tech programs at the Library. Phyllis Davis is the Youth Services Manager at The Library Station, part of the Springfield-Greene County Library District in Springfield Missouri.  What got you interested in doing wearable tech programs for kids? My interest in wearable tech and soft circuits began when I worked at the Matteson Public Library in Illinois about six years ago.  Makerspaces were in their infancy in public libraries.  We were buying 3-D printers and trying out all kinds of activities found in Make magazine.  I happened upon the work of Leah Buechley at the High Low Tech Group at M.I.T.  She is the inventor of…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Winter Learning @ Your Library!

Image of a Winter Landscape

When you think of winter, you may picture snow, holiday decorations, gift giving, delicious treats, and time spent with family or friends. You may also visualize yourself reading a good book by the fire while the rain taps on the window. A great way to combine all of these fun elements of winter is to offer a Winter Learning program at your library!

Guest Blogger

Library Support for a Community in Grief

On Friday, May 19th of this year, 36-year-old Terrance Miles was murdered at 12:15 AM outside his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as he took trash to the dumpster. Miles was an assistant football coach at Northside High School, a basketball and football coach with Metro Youth Sports, an administrator at Forest Park Elementary School, a mentor with the Boys & Girls Club, and the father of two.  His was the 11th homicide in Allen County in 2017. The Tecumseh Branch of the Allen County Public Library, located between Forest Park Elementary and Northside High School, serves as a community hub where students wait for parents to pick them up after work.  That Friday after school, students entered in small, distraught clusters.  They’d just received a letter informing families of his death. When a student asked us to display a photo of Miles on the reference desk, it snapped into…