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Municipal Partnerships: Making the Most of Your City

Looking to start a new partnership to liven up your programming or outreach? You may not have to look much further than city hall. Many cities have departments that make wonderful library partners, and these partnerships allow us to show kids all that the community has to offer. At the Newton Free Library in Newton, Massachusetts, the youth services department had several partnerships with other city offices. Here, we’ll look at our partnerships with Historic Newton and the mayor’s office during our 2017 Build a Better World summer reading program. Historic Newton When I was tasked with planning an “around your neighborhood” storytime for summer reading, I started looking for a partner in the neighborhood to take over the activity portion of storytime. Historic Newton was a perfect fit. Historic Newton is a city organization that preserves Newton’s history through two museums and various other initiatives. They have education and…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Summer Reading 2019 – Preparing Launch!

Summer Reading 2019 No, it really is NEVER too early to be thinking about summer reading 2019!  If you have the means, hire your performers super early.  If it’s you, some volunteers and a great deal of cardboard, then this is the beginning of a great series of blogposts just for you! Summer reading 2019 is largely about outer space.  Already ideas have been bouncing off the satellites.  Here’s some to get your engines started! STARNet! STARNet was introduced to me at ALA when it hit Orlando.  Since that time, I have never been let down in terms of all they have to offer, and the support they can give. Already STARNet has a whole portion of their site dedicated to – say it with me! – summer reading 2019!  They’re calling it “A Universe of Stories”.  And just to get your pulse running, they have a handy countdown clock…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

ALSC Teams Up with NSLA for National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day 2018

National Summer Learning Day (NSLD) is coming up on July 12! ALSC has partnered with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to spread the word about how libraries keep kids learning during summer break. Ways you can celebrate: We encourage you to host a program or event on July 12 to join in on the National Summer Learning Day fun! Check out some of the events already posted to the NSLA database. If you are hosting a special summer learning event, we encourage you to register it here so your community members can find it. Librarians are encouraged to participate in a read aloud of Trombone Shorty, which is the official National Read Aloud Book for NSLD! NSLA has a ton of useful resources to share the impact of summer learning in their Knowledge Center. Some of these resources include a Digital Action Toolkit for Museums and Libraries, an archived webinar on Summer…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Countdown to Summer Reading

Kids are SOOOOOOOOO very excited this time of year.  They are excited that the weather is warmer (FINALLY here on the North Coast) and they can play outdoors.  They are excited as new sports seasons get started.  They are excited that school is nearing completion. And they are excited about the impending Summer Reading at their library! Or at least they should be.  And they will be if they hear your impassioned plea for them to join in on the fun. If only you can get into the schools to tell them. Which has become harder every year it seems.  I understand why.  Schools are under an exorbitant amount of pressure for students to perform well on standardized testing, and in Ohio, that means lots of testing during the month of April.  In addition, here the school year has been shifted forward several weeks, again to accommodate testing.  Some of…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

We’ve Got the Power! – Bridging Last Summer with This Summer

The Children Of Fear Are Not Alone Last year’s summer reading theme was Build a Better World.  Its message must not be lost. I have been actively involved in Central Florida public libraries since 1993, and it had to have been one of the most rewarding themes – ever. Recent events are showing us that children are growing up in an increasingly frightening world.  And they must not bear this alone. Last summer, my co-workers and I took our show on the road with a message of hope, and I’d like to share how you can couple Libraries Rock with real social impact. Before that, though, let’s review a couple of things.   Power and Truth In 1927, Max Ehrmann wrote the poem Desiderata in which he wrote: “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.” And, yet…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Post-Summer Reading Club Blues

display wall for summer reading club

I know that Summer Reading Club has just been replaced by Back to School. But I still have not given my final report, still have not sent in my final statistics. And already, I am planning for next year’s SRC. Is it that I can’t let go of summer? Am I clinging to those last sunny days before the trees turn, and the evening chill becomes a day-long thing? And am I just punishing myself by thinking about SRC all year long?