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Blog Post Archive

Utilizing Old Space While Planning for New

Communities need to balance the needs of all their taxpayers, and often there are other buildings and capital needs which will jump the line ahead of a new public library. While we wait for the right time we must continue to make the current space workable and also utilize it to the best of our abilities. This often means shelling out money to make improvements.

Language Learning at the Library

As an immigrant myself, I know the loneliness of feeling like you're different from everyone because you don't speak English. I felt as a librarian, I was able to go full-circle and create a welcoming atmosphere for my patrons, and send them a message: You're not alone, we're here for you!

Library Lock-ins for Adults

It's a Friday night and library staff are planning to be awake for the next twelve hours, plus the time it takes for them to drive home and fall exhausted into bed. It's another lock-in, but this time the youngest attendees are 18. It's an adult lock-in, and just like when they were in high school, there is no expectation of sleep. Show More Summary

Dana Schwartz On The Dangers of Twitter And Pigeonholing Yourself

While readers might be familiar with Dana Schwartz through her extremely popular twitter parody accounts, @guyinyourmfa and @dystopianya, they will be introduced to another side of her with her charming and insightful novel, And We're Off. Show More Summary

Civic Engagement: Democracy Thrives at the Library

“Of the people, for the people, by the people,” Abraham Lincoln’s reference to representative government is still relevant today. In the library world we hear the phrase ‘civic engagement’ bandied about, but what exactly does civic engagement mean at the most local level—our towns and cities? And why is now such a critical time to become that civic place?

Graphic Design on a Shoestring

These free and low-cost tools will help your marketing materials shine.

Secrets of Readers’ Advisory — Part Two

Readers’ Advisory Queen Becky Spratford gave us some great advice last month. The conversation continues here.

Connecticut Library Robotics Team Competes at Regional Competition

"Singularity Technology," the robotics team of the Wilton (CT) Public Library, recently competed at (FTC) FIRST Tech Challenge’s East Super-Regional Championship in Scranton, PA. After winning 2nd place at the State Championship, the team placed 38th out of 72 teams in their first regional championship.

FYI 020– Brendan Dowling Talks with Author Michael Callahan

PL Assistant Editor Brendan Dowling talks with author Michael Callahan, author of 2015’s “Searching for Grace Kelly.” Michael is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former deputy editor at Town and Country and Marie Claire. His new book, “The Night She Became Miss America” was released in April, 2017.

FYI 019 — A Conversation with Author Yoojin Grace Wuertz

PL's Brendan Dowling talks with author Yoojin Grace Wuertz about her recently released novel "Everything Belongs to Us."

A “Purrfect” Literacy Program

Looking for a creative way to encourage children’s literacy at your library? Reach out to a local humane society or shelter and develop a program for kids to read to cats. Reading is no longer just for the birds; it’s for the enrichment of both cat and child as well!

Visualize the Possibilities: Turning Data Into Dollars

Finding funding to support the library is a constant challenge. A powerful, free, new tool from the Foundation Center can help your library connect with grants, partners, and potential funders. It’s a great place to start turning data into dollars for your next big idea.

The Destination is “We”

The focus of this issue is on fantastic failures, and boy, do I have a lot of those. To narrow it down, I will seek to define a “fantastic failure” for this column not as an instance of being extraordinarily unsuccessful, but rather as an instance of being unsuccessful that led to an important learning breakthrough. Show More Summary

Epic Failure Is Always an Option

I love a good underdog archetype. Whether they are fantastic failures or lovable losers, these characters abound in popular culture and appear in all media formats in public library collections. Readers and viewers enjoy stories of every...Show More Summary

A Partial List of My Failures

Failure hurts. It really, really hurts. But painful failure can be a great teacher if you have the right mindset and work in an enlightened organization. Your mindset can make the difference between making positive changes and repeating old mistakes.

Authors Bounce Back

In keeping with this issue’s theme of fantastic failures, we turned to some of our favorite authors to see how they had navigated disappointments in their own careers. Their sympathetic yet heartening responses are below.

Preventing Overdoses in the Library

San Francisco Public Library is considering training staff members on how to administer Naloxone if they were to encounter someone overdosing in or around the library.

Hala Alyan On Piecing Together A Narrative From The Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces Of Life

Hala Alyan's debut novel Salt Houses spans four generations in the life of a family on the West Bank, following their journey from the early 60s to the present day. Through all of the challenges the family endures—wars, invasions, love affairs, and displacement—they are held together by the luminous Alia. Show More Summary

Facing Failure

Much has been written about the numerous benefits to be had from a failed experience at work. It’s widely thought of as a cliche? in the business world to “embrace failure.” There are, to-date, eight TED Talks about learning from failure. Show More Summary

How I Learned To Love Patrons Again

Patron bashing—i.e. venting, ruminating, gossiping—might be the greatest failure when it comes to customer service and perhaps the greatest barrier to excellent customer service in libraries. It creates a toxic, negative environment that stunts innovation, wastes time, and waters down service. Show More Summary

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