Category Archives: Youth Services

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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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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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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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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I miss my dog

Well, of course I miss my dog! She was sweet and funny and beautiful and loving. It is not exactly a hot news flash that I would miss her now that she is gone at the ripe old age of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Frog & Toad Day, May 22

Last year, I commented here that although I am a great admirer of Dr. Seuss, I’m a little tired of Dr. Seuss’s birthday being a big event every year. I suggested that maybe we could celebrate the birthday of another … Continue reading

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Reading rewards…for some

Many of my memories of being a mother to young boys are wonderful. Not all, mind you, but many. But someone recently posted on Facebook something that brought one of my least favorite memories back. Here’s what Paul Hankins wrote … Continue reading

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New Pew Report: Families Use Libraries

Children’s librarians will find the new Pew Report Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading very reassuring. As we have long suspected, the children’s department brings families into the library, and while they’re there, the adults use the libraries for themselves as … Continue reading

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Reinventing the library wheel

At my library we are currently giving every one of the 270,000+ items a new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag. Everyone from every level is expected to put in some time tagging, because we rented the machines to program the … Continue reading

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Storyhour mistakes

1:15 yesterday. I am just sitting down to eat my lunch after a busy morning helping the Director prepare for the evening Board of Trustees meeting. I have been working on the strategic plan, on compiling a spreadsheet and chasing … Continue reading

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