Feb 01

Rising to the Challenge

Dialogue on Public Libraries: Rising to the Challenge  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

More Pokémon Go Program Ideas

Are your patrons still clamoring for Pokémon Go?

I keep receiving more Pokémon Go programming ideas. Rather than keep adding them to my previous post, I decided to collect them here.


Jul 21

Library Director Position Open

The Clay Center Carnegie Library, Clay Center, Kansas, has an immediate opening for a motivated, knowledgeable person seeking an Administrative Director’s position in a well established public library, serving the city and surrounding county.  The library is a member of North Central Kansas Library System.  Comprehensive duties include: library programming, fiscal, personnel and facilities management, public relations and planning for the future.  For job description and application contact:

Clay Center Carnegie Library

Jul 18

Make Your Library a Pokémon Go Gym!

header-pokemonWant to get in on the Pokémon go craze, but your library isn’t a site?

You can request that Niantic, the game’s creator, designate your library as either a PokéStop or a PokéGym. To make a request, follow this link Pokémon Go Help and fill in the relevant information.

If your library already is a PokéStop or PokéGym and you want some ideas for programs, tips on how to play, or fun display ideas, check out my post from last week Pokémon Go and Libraries.

Jul 13

Pokémon Go and Libraries

Have you noticed your patrons playing Pokémon Go?

Pokemon Go Poster

If you haven’t, you will. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game you can play using a smart phone. It released on Friday, July 8th, and is already a huge sensation.

You want more information about the game and how you can use it in your library, check out these articles:

And here’s a simple, yet interactive, display idea from Jessi Brown the Technical Services Supervisor of the Huntington City-Township Public Library:
PG Display


Jul 11

NCKLS Programming Kits


 They’re fun!


 They’re easy to use!

 Sage Robin

 They’re free!

Want to learn more about the Programming Kits NCKLS circulates to libraries?

Check out this short video: NCKLS Programming Kits.


Jul 01

Librarian Approved to Inspire

30 Tech Apps to inspire creativity and creation:

Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test various apps and find the perfect tool. Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC).


Jun 13

Congratulations to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library!

ljx160602webLOY1The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library was named the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year!


The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, is engaged in every discussion in its community. In fact, it is usually leading them. The library is central to local deliberations and changes; creates leaders; and uplifts the community it serves. The way the library has become a major force for its constituents in the city of Topeka and throughout Shawnee County sets a bar for all libraries” (John N. Berry III).

For more information about the award and the reasons TSCPL was given this honor, visit the Library Journal website.

May 20

Are You Ready for Summer Reading?

Get inspired by Clay Center Carnegie Library’s awesome bulletin board!Get in the Game Read


May 18

Evolving Libraries

Evolving libraries ‘less about collections, more about connections.’

The long-held stereotype goes something like this: When you walk into a library, you can hear a pin drop.

Muted glares from fellow patrons and crotchety librarians prone to “shush-ing” deter even the slightest whisper.

But such environments, central Ohio library officials say, simply don’t exist anymore.

The focus of the 21st-century library is “less about collections and more about connections,” said Ben Zenitsky, a spokesman for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

May 09

2016-2017 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards Reading List

Now that the WAW awards for 2016 have been announced, get your patrons reading from the 2017 nomination list!El Deafo

 Grades 3 to 5

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown
  • The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
  • Courage for BeginnersAbsolutely Truly:  A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by G. Neri
  • Josephine:  The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • Neighborhood Sharks:  Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
  • Separate is Never Equal:  Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Grades 6 to 8Meaning of Maggie

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  • Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  • Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. HolmRain Reign
  • The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberly Griffiths Little
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
  • Loot:  How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson
  • A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget

Neighborhood Sharks

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