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!)

One comment

  1. Emily Mattila

    I agree. Local libraries show some of the most interesting and cute items inherent to the culture of the area. The children’s things are especially adorable. Too bad there are not too many cute things for the adult areas!

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