Since starting in my teen services role this past summer, I've been wanting to try out a Book Box service. This neat idea mimics popular subscription box services that come with treats and swag but is free for library patrons. The teen librarian at my previous library had some success with them, and I know … Continue reading Bookscription Swag Bags
Creating displays is probably one of my favorite parts of my job. Since we're still not back to doing full programming and outreach at my branch, I've had a lot of time to think about and try different ways to market materials in the teen area. Headquarters likes us to keep things simple, but I … Continue reading Display Round Up
I recently completed The Kansas City Public Library's Summer Reading challenge for the first time (since I'm new to the area). I love their program because you get a free book just for signing up, and after reading five books, you get the choice between a pint glass, a light-up cup, or a sippy cup. … Continue reading William’s Summer Reading List
Some of the best ideas are borrowed, right? For my August display, I borrowed an idea from friends at Lawrence Public Library and pulled some chilling YA reads for the hottest days of summer. And since I love a good pun, I borrowed their title too. Thus, "Hot Ghoul Summer." All credit should go to … Continue reading Hot Ghoul Summer!
Since I'm not able to do outreach or programming yet, an initial goal in my new position has been to make the designated teen area in my branch more inviting and engaging to teens (and less a nook for our older newspaper regulars). In addition to rethinking furniture and adding some passive activities, my brain … Continue reading Tiny Teen Library RA
Wow. It's been a while. Do people even write blogs anymore? I know I'm not the only one who would say It. Has. Been. A. Year. (and a few months). If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that on top of a global pandemic, 2020/21 has personally brought me some heartache, some separation, … Continue reading On Starting My Next Chapter: Adventures in Youth Services
It’s Kansas Library Association Conference time again! This year’s theme is Libraries Build Communities - Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, and it will be October 23-25 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The KLA Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work putting together speakers, sessions, and activities, and we hope you have a valuable time … Continue reading #KLAC2019: Join the Conversation at Conference!
What does a bookworm do with a ton of free time in a big city (aside from reading, that is)? This week I've tagged along with my husband while he attends and speaks at SharePoint Fest in Seattle, Washington. As the conference takes up most of the morning and afternoon, I've been left to wander … Continue reading Bookish Adventures in Seattle
We're trying something crazy and new at my library: we've broken poetry books out of the 800's nonfiction! Is that crazy? Is it new? Well, when asked in an informal Facebook poll on the Library Think Tank group, 114 people responded that at their libraries, poetry is still in nonfiction. Two said they have a … Continue reading Poetry on the Move
I recently celebrated my cat’s 20th birthday. Echo is a grey and caramel colored tabby that I’ve literally had since the day she was born. I love to tell the story. On April 20, 1999, I came home from school to find her mother birthing kittens under a picnic table on the porch in front … Continue reading Echo and The Traveling Cat Chronicles