One of the biggest challenges that youth library staff faces is providing programming that reaches the widest array of children possible. We cast huge programming nets in hopes of filling our programs with happy smiling faces that are raring and ready for some fun… but what about the shy kids? What about the children that aren’t super excited about being “trapped” in a room with thirty other kids? How can we engage these children without forcing them into our programs? The answer lies in passive programming. This generally underutilized programming option can be the bridge that connects your more shy patrons with library resources and materials. The trick is to portray the passive program as something else entirely, such as a game or fun activity. From my experience, the best method is to create a program that requires no staff supervision, can be completed with very little instructions, and most…
Seasonal books are hugely popular at our library (and I suspect yours as well). If you need an easy display or book list that will move books, a summer display is the way to go!
Happy New Year! Is one of your resolutions to incorporate social justice into your work? Or maybe you’re looking for new ideas. Don’t get hung up on doing something big, there are lots of small things you can do that are quietly powerful. Team up with your teen services staff for a super power up to your programming.
Sometimes, working in small rural libraries is difficult. Single-staffed branches have limited time for youth programming. There’s no room for large comfy chairs or crawl-through shelving. And yet, children swarm the place, coming in every day after school, for weekly storytime, or to play Minecraft on the public computers. When I visit large, urban libraries, and see amazing children’s rooms, I swoon at all that space, all those bright colours and beautiful furniture.
We are now in the midst of the holiday season. How does a public library (or school library) handle the holidays? Or, how should a public library handle the holidays?
In an environment where great emphasis is put on statistics like door count and program attendance, it is tempting for public library staff to view school counterparts either as competition, or conduits to promote our programs. A better approach to the numbers game is to collaborate together on programming, which can mean adapting public library programs for a school setting.
To celebrate Banned Books Week, Rochester Public Library (MN) has invited customers (and you!) to vote to ban a book. That’s right: ban a book.
Do you use the classic display to highlight Banned Books Week?