Get Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century

Keliann LaConte, STAR_Net
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Published: 24 April 2017
Get Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century

Ancient cultures were surprised by and terrified of solar eclipses. Today, thanks to centuries of scientific observations, we know when and where the solar eclipse will be visible – we can plan ahead and turn this celestial event into a community celebration! This article includes examples of how libraries are celebrating the solar eclipse, as well as resources and opportunities for getting your own library involved.

The deadline to sign-up for free eclipse glasses and an education kit is May 1!  

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Social Library, Volume 82

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 18 April 2017
Social Library, Volume 82

In this edition of our Social Library series, we're highlighting a library collecting the recordings of community stories, another providing new passport services, athletes at an annual storytime, a hidden pig, and a state-wide snapshot day. Each edition of our series brings fresh ideas and new approaches from innovative libraries around the world. We hope you enjoy these featured posts from libraries we follow on Facebook!

Through a post from the Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota, we learned about a project called StoryPhone. Teens at Createch are building a StoryPhone booth, which will debut at the library's upcoming... Read more

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Mean Tweets: Librarian Edition!

WebJunction
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Published: 13 April 2017
Mean Tweets: Librarian Edition!

The team at the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives in New Zealand decided to create a little humor of their own in the spirit of late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets series, where celebrities read some unpleasant tweets about them, posted by strangers on Twitter. In this library-themed spin, the staff at Invercargill read tweets about libraries and librarians in two videos.

Library staff members Bonnie Mager and Andrew Eng shared their experience with the Mean Tweets project, their approach to social media, and the impact they’ve seen.

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Programming Idea: Community + Quilt = CommuniQuilt

Jazmin Idakaar
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Published: 11 April 2017
Programming Idea: Community + Quilt = CommuniQuilt

What happens when you combine community and quilting? You get a CommuniQuilt! Jazmin Idakaar, Programs & Community Outreach Librarian with the Boston Public Library shares an inspiring and creative programming idea for creating a community quilt. The resulting CommuniQuilt includes the efforts of patrons of all ages and was a true community effort!

This story will provide you with the inspiration and information to bring a similar program to your community.

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Virtual Road Trip Part Three: Small Libraries Ready to Create Smart Spaces

Brianna Hoffman
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Published: 05 April 2017
Virtual Road Trip Part Three: Small Libraries Ready to Create Smart Spaces

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a new project from WebJunction just getting underway. More than 100 libraries applied, and 15 small and rural libraries were chosen to participate in this project, which will support them as they reimagine and reconfigure parts of their libraries into spaces for active learning. The cohort of 15 libraries will start the training process this month, and while they are focused on learning, let's learn more about them! Join us on this four-part virtual road trip around the US to meet the 15 libraries and their communities—third stop, New Hampshire and New York!

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