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We recently hosted a hypertufa pot workshop, based off of the instructions I found in this article. One of the participants just sent me these photos of her finished product and I AM IN LOVE. THERE ARE ACTUAL HEARTS IN MY EYES.

In the beginning of Mr. Science’s program, he made a joke that he has never burned down a Library. And then he set off the fire alarm. (Everyone is safe and sound).

Yesterday evening, Ava Chin, author of Eating Wildly, led us on a foraging walk around the area. We tasted juneberries in the parking lot, garlic mustard behind the police station, and lambs quarters up the street. The jury is still out on whether I got poison ivy or not.

queenslibrary:

Universal Zulu Nation BBoy Chief 69 leading a breakdance program at Langston Hughes Community Library. Part of our #31DaysOfNonStopHipHop.

Library program envy.

The One Book, One Community pick for 2013 at the Darien Library, CT, was David ­Benioff’s City of Thieves, in which the two main characters are charged to collect a dozen eggs in the starving city of Leningrad during the Nazi invasion. The penalty should they not complete this outrageous task is to forfeit their lives.
As soon as I knew City of Thieves was the choice, I knew that we had to do a townwide scavenger hunt. It also seemed like a great opportunity to partner with and support local businesses. (via A Townwide Scavenger Hunt | Programs That Pop)
Thanks libraryjournal for including our write-up of the scavenger hunt we hosted last Spring. It was so much fun and I am thinking of going into business planning scavenger hunts.

The One Book, One Community pick for 2013 at the Darien Library, CT, was David ­Benioff’s City of Thieves, in which the two main characters are charged to collect a dozen eggs in the starving city of Leningrad during the Nazi invasion. The penalty should they not complete this outrageous task is to forfeit their lives.

As soon as I knew City of Thieves was the choice, I knew that we had to do a townwide scavenger hunt. It also seemed like a great opportunity to partner with and support local businesses. (via A Townwide Scavenger Hunt | Programs That Pop)

Thanks libraryjournal for including our write-up of the scavenger hunt we hosted last Spring. It was so much fun and I am thinking of going into business planning scavenger hunts.

janebrarian:

Programming Librarians Unite! Soon we will soon have our very own interest group within ALA — we just have one more hoop to jump through on Sunday at MW to make it a reality. We will be holding our first ever meeting in Philadelphia on Monday January 23rd at 11:30 am in the Networking Uncommons during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Everyone involved in public programming at their library is welcome to join us for this first discussion so mark your schedule. 
The formation of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) is being spearheaded by the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of ALA, Here is the mission statement: 
To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.
Erin Shea from Darien Library and I (Janie Hermann form Princeton Public Library) will lead the first meeting of the group. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to reach out to us for more information about how to join and future events.  
Big shout out to Lauren Bradley who was instrumental in getting the mission statement and petition started for this project to happen. Thank you Lauren.

Librarians going to Midwinter: join us!

janebrarian:

Programming Librarians Unite! Soon we will soon have our very own interest group within ALA — we just have one more hoop to jump through on Sunday at MW to make it a reality. We will be holding our first ever meeting in Philadelphia on Monday January 23rd at 11:30 am in the Networking Uncommons during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Everyone involved in public programming at their library is welcome to join us for this first discussion so mark your schedule. 

The formation of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) is being spearheaded by the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of ALA, Here is the mission statement: 

To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.

Erin Shea from Darien Library and I (Janie Hermann form Princeton Public Library) will lead the first meeting of the group. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to reach out to us for more information about how to join and future events.  

Big shout out to Lauren Bradley who was instrumental in getting the mission statement and petition started for this project to happen. Thank you Lauren.

Librarians going to Midwinter: join us!

Tonight is the first meeting of our Business Book Group and it is giving me an excellent excuse to search for amazing business clip art.

Tonight is the first meeting of our Business Book Group and it is giving me an excellent excuse to search for amazing business clip art.

Last night we hosted a Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Little ones brought their stuffed animals to a special storytime and then tucked them in for the night. See what happens when the Library lights go out!

We are hosting a hula hoop contest on Monday while we unveil and demo a REALLY AWESOME NEW SERVICE. I am trying out one of the hula hoops. You know, for science!

We are hosting a hula hoop contest on Monday while we unveil and demo a REALLY AWESOME NEW SERVICE. I am trying out one of the hula hoops. You know, for science!

alafayalibrary:

A wrangler from Gatorland came by the library on Saturday, and things got crazy! 
(Crazy as in there were gators, snakes, lizards, and spiders here.)

This gentleman is holding this gator LIKE A BABY.

alafayalibrary:

A wrangler from Gatorland came by the library on Saturday, and things got crazy! 

(Crazy as in there were gators, snakes, lizards, and spiders here.)

This gentleman is holding this gator LIKE A BABY.