ALA Midwinter 2018

Local library love #alamw18

Conferences are so busy– and they keep you engaged for crazy long hours– that it is easy to forget that you are in a new city! I am always trying to be better at exploring the local scene when I travel to conferences– and this year is especially hard for me because I am right next to the Conference Center, and I hate the snow!

But one thing I absolutely love and try to do is to see a local library in the city I am visiting.

I love looking at the children’s rooms and collections and how they market and manage their spaces.

Some of the cutest things from Denver Public Library main branch:

This adorable play mailbox! I wanted to write my own letter and leave it!

Play mailbox

Or this little easel that allows young artists to practice- who may not be ready to stay seated- or able to reach tables and chairs! I want it!

art easel

Or this wonderful and enticing Post-it window art (I just need to check for permission to try at my branch- maybe for summer reading marketing!

Window art

Don’t forget to scope out the local libraries while attending conferences– I think it both enriches and shows new service potential in a real-time atmosphere! Anyone else check it out? (unintentionally library pun!)

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