Author Archives: sdlempke

Read or Be Written

Yes, it is time for the annual Bookmark Contest Slogan post, to celebrate National Library Week! Yay! Yay! These were all written by my library’s grade school kids, submitted along with artwork for a bookmark. My favorite slogan is probably … Continue reading

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Not an expert in library marketing but…

I am a children’s librarian and a library administrator, not a library marketing expert. Yet even I can tell you that: On March 30, after a long and brutal winter, on a day in which my neighbor said that if … Continue reading

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What I Have Learned in Dog Training

Maybe everybody does this. I am always trying to relate something I learn from one area in my life to the other areas of my life. The thing I’ve been doing lately that has been one big learning experience is … Continue reading

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The Modern Public Library

When I first started working at my library, it was at a temporary site while the old building was being extensively remodeled. A few months later it opened for a thrilled community. Another nearby library was also under construction using … Continue reading

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Battle of the Books

34 years is a long time. That is how long my library has collaborated with our area schools to run a Battle of the Books competition. 34 years! Last night we celebrated¬† with an awards ceremony for the winning team … Continue reading

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Hey, Al and the 1987 Caldecott Committee

I love second-guessing the children’s book award committees as much as anyone. I used to even be pretty accurate at predicting what would win the Newbery, though the Caldecott has always been more unpredictable.¬† I spent a certain amount of … Continue reading

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Not-Disappearing Print

I want to pass along a couple of interesting pieces that both relate to whether print books will continue to be needed and loved. While I like ebooks and was pleasantly surprised when I had one to review that I … Continue reading

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Where libraries go wrong

Strategic planning is an excellent and necessary thing to carry out in libraries. I am always a fan of stopping and thinking and listening. It’s how you move forward in a thoughtful, well-planned way. Libraries right now have to move … Continue reading

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James Gordon Dove, or, Why Writing Matters

I finally had the chance over the long Thanksgiving weekend to look at a stack of old photographs. It left me curiously disoriented, because they went through such a wide range of times and places and moments in my life. … Continue reading

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Youth Services Showing the Way

At my library, and perhaps yours too, we are looking at our services and our staff and trying to figure out what changes we should make to adapt to the changing roles of libraries. It will not surprise anyone that … Continue reading

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