Do you have a few free hours between meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meetings this weekend? Or maybe you’re scheduled to arrive early or depart a day or two after midwinter. Here are six things to do in Atlanta when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of midwinter.
Visit our library on a Tummy Time evening and you’ll wonder if you are in a public library or if you wandered into a friendly, neighborhood playgroup. Strollers line the wall, diaper bags hang on coat hooks and moms and dads happily swap and share extra diapers, wipes and even backup onesies. Public libraries have been reinventing themselves for years, working hard to establish themselves as the “third place” between work and home. If community members had one additional place they could stop each day, would they pick their local library?
One winter evening, I was preparing for my quarterly tween program. The shopping was done, the room was set up, and I was ready for a quiet evening with a small group. I was feeling a little melancholy. Most of our regular tweens have grown up into our teen program and our attendance hasn’t been high lately. I wasn’t expecting this program to be any different. I slowly shuffled to my programming room. To my surprise, there was a line of tweens and their families waiting outside the door. It was a program success that I wasn’t expecting and it taught me five important programming lessons.
There are two weeks left in 2016 and life is chaotic with end of the year parties, secret Santa exchanges and putting the final touches on projects. There is one project that is more intimidating than anything else: too many books to read.
Learn how one library uses a movie program to enhance the enjoyment of books and reading among all ages of children and teens.
It was a day where everything went wrong. I woke up late, spilled coffee on my shirt, my car wouldn’t start, and my cat got out. In a rush, I called a taxi as a last ditch effort to make it to my shift. When the taxi driver picked me up, we had a polite conversation about where I was going and what I did for a living.
As we wrap our heads around the updated ALSC YS Competencies and what they mean to us personally and as a library industry, the professional portfolio helps us reflect on what we do well and allows us to demonstrate it to possible employers and to administrators during evaluations, when asking for a promotion, or proving the success of a grant project, etc. Documentation of your skills enables you to move upwards in your organization.
Do you have a good turnout at your events? Do you feel your advertising is bearing fruit? If the answer is “no,” some of you might be wondering “what is wrong with my publicity?” However, if your answer is “yes” you might not suspect there is a problem with the deliverance of your publicity. This is what happened to us during a strategic planning meeting with teachers from our community.