My First Year on ALA Council

GETTING ON COUNCIL My journey to ALA Council in general was not as focused or directed as many other people’s.  My general policy for professional activities are:  if someone asks, say yes.  If a call for volunteers goes out more than once and it starts looking like they’re getting desperate and I’m slightly interested, say … Continue reading

Fun Food Fridays

Fun Food Fridays

Every week, my Library Assistant (I’m just going to call her LA — she doesn’t like her name out on the internet and I’m too lazy to type out descriptions for the rest of these posts) and I alternated on some kind of food-related activity.  Each Fun Food Friday started out with a story and … Continue reading

Semi-Passive Programming

Semi-Passive Programming

As I mentioned in my last post on Passive Programming (aka programming which requires little to no attention during the program or preparation), we hit a snag when we planned our scavenger hunts.  Our scavenger hunts alternated with our Passive Challenges, but they turned out to be a little more work than we planned.  My … Continue reading

Passive Programming

Passive Programming

We sold my manager on all this “passive programming” for the summer, which turned out to be 50% passive, 50% semi-passive (aka Scavenger hunts). The truly passive programming happened with our weekly challenges (think Pepsi challenge but without the taste-test).  Every other week, we would ask the kids a question, like “What’s Your Favorite Cookie?”. … Continue reading

Summer 2013 Programming

Summer 2013 Programming

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme was “Reading is So Delicious”.  We were all super excited for this theme because it was so easy to come up with ideas and everyone knows that food is one of the easiest ways to get people to come to your library program.  There were many more program ideas … Continue reading

Bookmark Contest

Every year in January, the library hosts a systemwide Bookmark Contest where Kids get to draw a bookmark representing the Summer Reading Program theme.  This year, our theme is “Reading is So Delicious”. This was my first time working the Bookmark Contest since last year I wasn’t yet an employee of GPL.  As the newbie … Continue reading

Fold It!

For Spring Break, we decided to have a Paper Palooza – a different paper-based project everyday of the week in addition to our regularly scheduled programming.  By the end of the week I was tired of folding, cutting, and really looking at paper, but it was a lot of fun and the kids had a … Continue reading

Where’s Waldo @ Your Library?

My colleague and I are both a little Waldo and scavenger hunt obsessed, so we decided to combine out two loves into a week-long program.  In case you didn’t know, Waldo had his 25th Birthday in 2012, and libraries, businesses, and tons of other people were celebrating. Our celebration took place during National Library Week and … Continue reading

Explore Some More!

Explore Some More!

I wanted to call it Explore S’more, but everyone thought that would imply we needed to serve s’mores, so we went with proper English.  This program was for kids grades 3 and up and every month we explored a different topic.  My co-workers and I alternated programming weekly and our Library Assistant and I partnered … Continue reading

You Mean I’m Encouraged to Take Vacation?!

You Mean I’m Encouraged to Take Vacation?!

Since I was 16, I’ve rarely held less than 2-3 jobs at one time.  Whether it was Fast Food and Babysitting or working in the Church Office and helping with my boyfriend’s family business, or working for 3 different library systems at once, I was what you might call a hustler.  I paid for the … Continue reading