Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 20 July 2017
Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and events and activities throughout the system for 35,000 visitors of all ages.

We wanted to highlight this fantastic fundraising event and share some of the details so that other libraries might be inspired to host their own bike-related events.

Registration costs were $20 for adults, $10 for children and $100 for VIP tickets. All riders were provided with a... Read more

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Librarians Who Wikipedia: Allison Frick, Glenside Free Library

Monika Sengul-Jones, OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence
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Published: 13 July 2017
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Allison Frick, Glenside Free Library

Allison Frick, Youth Services Librarian at Glenside Free Library, a branch of the Cheltenham Township Library System (Glenside, PA), recently began to use Wikipedia as a tool to teach information literacy skills at her library. She finds that engaging with Wikipedia can help computer users of all levels critically evaluate and improve their online experiences. 

Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together is an OCLC project that is building bridges between public libraries and Wikipedia; featuring an online training program for US public library staff hosted by WebJunction in the fall of 2017. Librarians Who Wikipedia is a series of interviews with library staff... Read more

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Social Library, Volume 87

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 11 July 2017
Social Library, Volume 87

We continue our Social Library series with a fresh set of inspiration from libraries and their community partners. From Milwaukee to Western Australia and from sketchbooks to naturalization ceremonies, these libraries are growing readers and engaging with citizens in the best of ways. Thank you to all these libraries for your great work, and if you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

We love to see other community members or officials posting to social media about what's happening at the library. Milwaukee's Mayor... Read more

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'Virtual Story Time' Offers a New Way to Experience Books

Tennessee State Library and Archives
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Published: 05 July 2017
'Virtual Story Time' Offers a New Way to Experience Books


Story time is a popular tradition at public libraries throughout the country, but story time events at the Tennessee State Library and Archives have a special twist: instead of performing with groups of eager children crowded at her feet, the librarian administering the program is reading books aloud in mostly empty rooms.The audience – children with vision impairments or other disabilities that make reading standard print books difficult – listen to the stories each month via telephone conference call. 

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Webinar Will Preview Training Program and Explore Benefits of Working with Wikipedia

WebJunction
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Published: 30 June 2017
Webinar Will Preview Training Program and Explore Benefits of Working with Wikipedia

Registration is open for a July 19 webinar, "Wikipedia for Libraries: Preview the Possibilities, Discover the Opportunities," that will preview WebJunction’s fall 2017 training program and describe how public library staff can use Wikipedia to connect more people to their library collections and creatively involve community members.

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