Program Idea: Homeschool Libratory

Dawn Jardine, Library Director, Red Hook Public Library, NY
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Published: 16 February 2017
Program Idea: Homeschool Libratory

A program for homeschooling families is something your library can do that is of great value to the community. It costs little. And it drives a lot of traffic and circulation. But best of all, we really look forward to this happy group of young patrons filling the children's room with enthusiasm and chatter each week. We enjoy watching them grow and develop over years.

Red Hook Public Library is chartered for a village of 1,961 people; however we have about 4,500 cardholders and serve several surrounding communities. We have had a homeschoolers' program for about six years now and... Read more

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Libraries Provide Much Needed Access to Nutrition in the Summer

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 14 February 2017
Libraries Provide Much Needed Access to Nutrition in the Summer

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in food-insecure households. And even as the number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals increases, according to the Food Research and Action Center "for every 100 low-income children who ate school lunches during the 2014-2015 school year, just 15.8 children, or roughly one in six, participated in the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2015."

With so many children facing a hungry summer, the USDA funds two federal summer nutrition programs that support meals and snacks for children at sites... Read more

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Foundation Center Launches Visualizing Funding for Libraries

WebJunction
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Published: 09 February 2017
Foundation Center Launches Visualizing Funding for Libraries

Winner of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries, Foundation Center launches Visualizing Funding for Libraries, the most comprehensive free database of library funding that has ever existed, containing grants given to U.S. libraries by U.S. foundations. Grants data includes local, state, and national sources for public, academic, school, special collection, and government libraries. Additional demographic information can be viewed corresponding with library service areas.

While there is a long history of philanthropic funding for libraries in the United States, most public libraries rely on government funding for financial support. Local funding accounts for nearly 85 percent of public... Read more

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Social Library, Financial Literacy Editon

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 07 February 2017
Social Library, Financial Literacy Editon

In anticipation of our February 14 webinar, Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers, we bring you a special edition of the Social Library featuring Facebook posts from libraries who are providing services and hosting programs to support community financial needs. The programs include workshops for women and teens, lunch time information fairs, a month-long series, and ongoing financial coaching. We hope you'll join us for next week's webinar to learn more about the resources made available to libraries through the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and to hear from two libraries growing financial literacy in their communities.

Tiverton Library... Read more

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

Erin M. Schadt
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Published: 02 February 2017
Virtual Road Trip Part One: 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 their libraries into smart spaces. 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—first stop, Colorado, Idaho and Montana!

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