There were some great ideas for advertising ranging from yard signs "We signed up for Summer Read." With the library logo. While others stormed the schools with calendars & stickers, "We have a blast and make fools of ourselves, the kids remember," creating an experience out of learning about summer reading. Others use Posters, electronics signs, and their favorite sandwich boards.
There was also a good discussion on timing. From when to start your summer program: right before school ends to right after school end. But also when to end a summer program, "The end of August is slow/dead/doldrums." There seemed to be a consensus that if you are going to end with bang late July or Early August seemed the best. With the caveat to avoid fairs and other local events.
Program attendance registration v no-registration. There wasn't really a consensus on this. It was noted that if patrons are registered through BeanStack they can receive notifications reminding them of upcoming programs and events.
Other fun happenings: a garden salsa party at the end of summer and a Battle of the Bands.
For those interested in Glow in the Dark Rocks.
MakeyMakey Jello Piano
We had a water piano at the workshop but this young maker from RobotsRFun built a jello piano. Too cool.
These two sisters are just to awesome. And the have their own website RobotsRfun.com
If anyone is interested in trying out my Makey Makey, let me know and I'll send it to your library in delivery.
14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race
Saturday, August, 11th
Join your fellow libraries in creating the ultimate Summer STEAM project... A library themed cardboard boat race.
Held every year at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, the Cardboard Boat Race is a fun and creative community day on the Hudson River. You are invited to base a boat design off this year's Summer Reading Program theme. Compete against your fellow libraries for the coveted awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for speed, the Titanic Award, Most Enthusiastic Crew, Overall best in Show
There will be more information to follow but in the mean time start dreaming about your boat.
FRAC Summer Food Mapper
Caitlin from Schyulerville and Andy from CAPTAIN Youth gave a description of their summer food program. Caitlin went over her process of record keeping, ordering meals, and having board and staff buy in.
She also had a few recommendations
Recommended Purchases: plastic table cloths, plastic utensils, napkins, cups, plates, pb&j, ranch dressing, gluten free bread, sunflower butter, wet wipes, extra trash bags, trash can, wagon/cart with wheels, flat ice packs, shallow bins, large bins, outdoor games, food thermometer
and some tips:
- Extra Trash Bags and Cans
- Wet Wipes
- Making Families Feel Welcome
- Reach out to Community for Support of Adult Meals
Summer Reading Resources
Internet Archive: The Magazine Rack
In keeping with their apparent mission to become the predominant archive of pre-internet media, they've set up the Magazine Rack, a downloadable collection of over 34,000 digitized magazines and other monthly publications.
Magazines haven't gone away, of course, and at the Internet Archive's Magazine Rack you can do just what you might have done at a traditional magazine rack: flip through brand new issues of publications like Tech Advisor, Aviation History, and America's Civil War.
McSweeny's Internet Tendency
Horoscopes for Librarians
With some great content like this...
Feel like you’re spinning your wheels? It may be because of free-range children ruining your puppet show interpretation of Knuffle Bunny. Your lucky number is 3, the number of years you spent earning a Masters of Library and Information Science so that you could wipe snot off Mo Willems’ books.
DATA and theFacebook
For those of you like me who were glued to the radio listening to the Zuckerburg testimony there has been a cornucopia of followup articles--some even relating to libraries
We don’t sell data. We care about privacy. Users agreed to it.
Lessons from the Facebook Fiasco: Apparently libraries may be learning all the wrong ones. This article from Inside Higher Education explores a new purchase by OCLC called wise--an ILS subsystem--to utilize our customer data to direct books and programs base on their metadata.
I Downloaded the Information Facebook has on me. Yikes. The article is written by someone who is a self-proclaimed Facebook lurker--not really posting but checking out what everyone else is up to. Very interesting.
Here is a link for instructions to download what Facebook has on you.
If people are this up in arms over what Facebook has on them they are going to be blown away when they realize what google knows.