Author Archives: sdlempke

Recipe for Storytime Success

My Storytime for Big Kids is the high point of my week, which is otherwise occupied with budgets and HR and planning and communicating with board and staff and the public. I actually enjoy that work too, and I like working … Continue reading

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Staff Picks

It was my turn to put together a staff picks display for my library. I have to say that it was much harder than I anticipated. It was hard in a good way–it made me think. When you put a … Continue reading

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The new young adult books

Language changes. It always has, and probably it always will, but that won’t stop those of us who enjoy language from railing against awful usage and mistakes that become common practice. Who doesn’t enjoy a good argument about the Oxford … Continue reading

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Digitizing Our Treasures

Many in the library world will by now have read The Aspen Institute’s Report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries, and if you haven’t, you should.  It is thoughtfully prepared and presented, and it makes an important point about … Continue reading

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What management doesn’t get about Youth Services

Cutting edge libraries these days are changing up the way they do things. Management teams look at the traditional ways that libraries are set up, with an Adult Services Department and a Youth Services Department and a Technical Services Department … Continue reading

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Hospitality

There are people I have worked with over the years who seemed to me to be the definition of hospitable. They will bake dozens of batches of Christmas cookies to give away. They will organize a potluck and make sure … Continue reading

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To support the common good

Like a great many other people this past week, I threw a little money in on a Kickstarter project to bring back Reading Rainbow. It has now far surpassed its $1,000,000 goal and is up to over $3,000,000 with some … Continue reading

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