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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.

We had our very first Skype event with an author this afternoon. Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye and the forthcoming Perfect: A Novel joined us ALL THE WAY FROM ENGLAND. The future is here.

donganhillslibrary:

Tomorrow get a double dose of programming at the Dongan Hills Library.
Come join our Crochet and Knitting Club! Beginners crochet lessons available. Yarn and hooks will be provided. Program starts at 11:00. http://on.nypl.org/13BhMg2.
Later, come to the library and create a personalize bookmark image of yourself for your back to school supplies! Check out our staff member’s self made bookmark at the computer. Call to register, space is limited. Program starts at 2:00. http://on.nypl.org/1578ZP7

BRB figuring out how to create 100s of bookmarks in my image and then leaving them in random books in the nonfiction section. This would make a great prank.

donganhillslibrary:

Tomorrow get a double dose of programming at the Dongan Hills Library.

Come join our Crochet and Knitting Club! Beginners crochet lessons available. Yarn and hooks will be provided. Program starts at 11:00. http://on.nypl.org/13BhMg2.

Later, come to the library and create a personalize bookmark image of yourself for your back to school supplies! Check out our staff member’s self made bookmark at the computer. Call to register, space is limited. Program starts at 2:00. http://on.nypl.org/1578ZP7

BRB figuring out how to create 100s of bookmarks in my image and then leaving them in random books in the nonfiction section. This would make a great prank.

Program FAILS: Another thing I didn't learn about in library school.

iamaliberrian:

whatifiwanttobeapurse:

this is awesome

I’m getting ready to start library school in the next few weeks but I’ve already learned a really valuable lesson from working in the public library and seeing programs fail

As an intern I saw a, what I thought to be, really exciting book club/teen hang out fail. I sat in the multi purpose room with the librarian and our large cake and snacks and waited

And when no one showed up, she showed me how awesome librarians are at moving on. She opened up the cake and we both ate a ton of snacks and and we talked about the book we had both read and then talked about different ways to promote future events

I’m so thankful for moments like that and having wonderful role models to show me what a librarian is.

This is very good. I’ve had many failed programs while doing summer reading. I mean… it’s the summer? Who wants to spend it inside? I need to come up with more ideas

This happened in my XBox Kinect for Seniors program so then I just played Michael Jackson: The Experience by my lonesome.

(Source: librawrian)

Programming Unconference Northeast

I’d like to take a break from our regularly scheduled book/Connecticut/libraries tumblr-ing to invite librarians and library professionals with the ability to travel to Darien, CT to a programming unconference this September.

Over sushi in Seattle, Janie Hermann (Princeton Public Library) and I were talking about how it would be cool to organize a little “unconference” for programming librarians to network, share ideas, and learn from one another. Then we got Andy on board and he wouldn’t stop bugging me.

Hence, Programming Unconference Northeast was born!

The stats:

  • This unconference is completely free and lunch will be provided. You only need to pay for your travel.
  • Lisa Carlucci Thomas will deliver the keynote.
  • You can register here and if you’re feeling really sassy, start adding your break out session ideas to the Google Doc spreadsheet.

Please reblog and share with all your librarians who may be interested! We thought this would be a good professional development opportunity especially for those who do not attend the national conferences.