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Fairy Fun – A Rainbow Magic Holiday Extravaganza

by Susan Baier, Santa Clara City (CA) Library Do your library kids freak for fairies — specifically, the Rainbow Magic variety? The Daisy Meadows series is wildly popular here, and we like any excuse for a party at our library. So two weeks before Christmas, we threw a Rainbow Magic Holiday Extravaganza. We targeted it to the kindergarten through fourth grade crowd, and had 50 kids in attendance. Since it was the holiday season, I began the program by reading aloud an excerpt from Paige the Christmas Play Fairy. In this installment the mischievous goblin Jack Frost wreaks havoc in the lives of Rachel, Kirsty, and their friends, and a delightful fairy must help the girls save the day. You’re shocked, right? Let’s keep it real – these books are a tad…formulaic. But if they get kids exciting about reading and bring them into our libraries clamoring for the next…

Blogger Susan Baier

Have Rolling Bag, Will Travel – Participating in Community Outreach Events

Outreach is one of my favorite aspects of my job, and I eagerly accept most invitations to staff a library information table at community events. Taking the library message outside the walls of your building and into the community is critical in these lean budget years where we need all the advocates we can get! You’ll introduce nonusers to your services and entice them to visit, and you’ll connect in new ways with your current patrons. Over the years, I’ve learned (often the hard way) about the best approaches to these outreach opportunities. These are my standard items to bring to any event: Bookmarks with library information Library giveaways like pencils, magnets, reusable bags, etc. Stickers for the kids (a surefire way to draw families to your table!) Library calendar of events/flyers for upcoming programs Baskets and literature holders for giveaways Tablecloth and banner with library name Scissors and tape…