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Embracing Messy Programs at #alsc16

I’m a messy librarian, and as you might suspect, I love to make a mess in my programs. Today’s second session, “Oh, Baby! Unconventional Programming for Your Youngest Patrons,” validated my love of mess and provided lots of easy, accessible, MESSY program ideas. Below are a few of my favorites that will undoubtedly be making their  way to my library very soon.

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#alsc16: Libraries without Fines?

Imagine a publicly funded library, where barriers such as fines and fees disappear.  Not just during a particular time, but each and every day.  How many families may frequent the library without this barrier to service?  Imagine, how many children may experience checking out their first library book. How many families may increase their frequency of reading when they do not need to worry about returning materials on time?  Is this a reality in your library?

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#alsc2016: Value You Can’t Measure With Numbers

What’s so great about children’s library services? For one caregiver, storytime is so valuable that some days she is “too tired NOT to come!” In one of Thursday afternoon’s virtual institute sessions, “Stories Speak Louder than Numbers: Making the Case for Youth Services,” we heard from Hanna Lee, Nina Lindsay, and Jenna Nemec-Loise about how to talk about outcomes, not just outputs, when advocating for youth services.