Popularizing Pop-Up Libraries

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Suffolk Public Library Has Left the Building! Serving a population scattered throughout a 430-square-mile area—and doing it with just three physical library branches—isn’t easy, but that’s just what the Suffolk Public Library in Suffolk, Virginia has had to do. To cover more ground and reach new population segments, Assistant Director of Libraries Sarah Townsend decided… Read more »

Find Inspiration for Your August Events

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By the time August rolls around (and summer reading season finally starts to wind down!) you may be a little low on energy. That’s perfectly understandable. Nevertheless, the programming must go on! Here are some upcoming occasions to help inspire new library events and displays for August. NATIONAL READ-A-ROMANCE MONTH—August is officially National Read-a-Romance Month… Read more »

See What’s Happening in July

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When your library’s in the thick of summer reading season, putting on extra programming or throwing together an interesting new display might not be at the top of your list of priorities. But, just in case you are looking for a little inspiration, here are a few notes and ideas for the month of July…. Read more »

Need a Little March (and April!) Inspiration?

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One of our readers recently suggested we build in a little more lead time when sharing upcoming milestones and program ideas, so we’ll be doing that—starting now! Here’s a look at what’s coming up during March and April to help inspire some fresh spring programming and displays. (Ah, spring!) March Events NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH—According… Read more »

Explore These February Milestones for Program and Display Ideas

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Need some quick program ideas for next month? Turns out, there’s a lot more to February than just Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl. (February is officially Library Lovers’ Month. It is also (who knew?) “Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month” and National Spay/Neuter Month, for instance.) Anyway, here are a few February milestones to… Read more »

Looking Back on 2014

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Another year’s nearly done already, but, before we let it go, we thought we’d check in with a couple of libraries to see what worked particularly well for them in 2014. Catherine Haydon, Children’s Services Manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Susan Jelic, Youth Services Librarian at Dearborn Public Library in… Read more »

Mine These December Milestones for Quick Program and Display Ideas

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Wait. It’s nearly December already?! Whether you’re really behind schedule or you’re just looking for a little inspiration, here are some upcoming milestones you can mine to create new passive displays or maybe even a fun, last-minute program. . . OPERATION SANTA PAWS—December 1-19 marks Operation Santa Paws, a public campaign to collect new pet… 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 »