We’d Like to Host Your Soapbox Rant! (And, Meanwhile, Have a Look at These…)

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This is the 15th issue of our newsletter, The Cat and Cardigan. (Wahoo!) And, after recently taking a step back to look at the data, one thing is abundantly clear. Our guest posts are on top, when it comes to traffic, reader comments, and your average time spent reading an article. Of course, you’d rather hear from your peers… Read more »

Guest Column: How We Used a Literary Pub Crawl to Raise Money for Literacy

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This guest column comes from Erin Cataldi, a teen/adult librarian at the Johnson County Public Library, and Heather Howard who serves as Access Services Supervisor at Butler University Libraries.   Fundraising can be a big pain in the rear. It’s time-consuming, stressful, and sometimes… boooring. We decided to think outside of the box to raise money… Read more »

Guest Column: Reach Your Patrons through Passive Programming

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Every day lots of patrons come into your library, but only a small portion may come to your programs. How can you engage these patrons? Passive programming is a great way to start. Little or no staff interaction happens during passive programming. Instead, you set up your passive programs and let your patrons stumble upon… Read more »

Guest Column: Mine Minecraft
for New Program Ideas

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Chances are, if you work with children or teenagers, you are familiar with the game Minecraft. The game has been around since 2009, which is ancient by software standards, but instead of fading into obscurity, it has retained a good degree of popularity over the last five years. This is due, in part, to the…

Guest Column: Reading Is Reading

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“My son’s teacher won’t let him read graphic novels. He is supposed to read ‘real’ books.” “I don’t want her to read that—it’s below her level.” “Can you show me where your Lexile level 800 books are?”   We hear these statements at our library. (I’m sure you do, too!) These concerns tend to increase…

Guest Column: How Jennings County Public Library Ditched the Grid—and Its Energy Bills

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What could you do with an extra $60,000? After a very recent switch to solar power, that’s about how much one Indiana-based library will be saving on electricity each year. Jennings County Public Library in North Vernon, Indiana converted its 33,000-square-foot facility to solar power, and, as a result, some area residents and even the… Read more »