Board Games in Libraries: Rapid Review Roundup

John Pappas
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Published: 23 February 2017
Board Games in Libraries: Rapid Review Roundup

Welcome to Rapid Review Roundup! In each Roundup I will pull five games of a similar theme, mechanism, or age demographic and provide a brief overview of each. I’ll discuss how they play and what I think of them. In this edition, let’s examine some children’s games. Each selection has short rules and plays fast. They lean more towards games children play with adults rather than games children play independently. However, they will be engaging, fun, and rewarding for everyone involved. Each selection will increase in difficulty and depth of play starting with the shortest and easiest games and working... Read more

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Social Library, Donation Drive Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 21 February 2017
Social Library, Donation Drive Edition

In this special edition of the Social Library series, we're highlighting five examples of libraries hosting drives to collect donations for community members in need. From socks to prom dresses, and toys to toiletries, these libraries are creating partnerships with organizations so that patrons can contribute towards growing stronger communities. Thank you to all these libraries for their great work, and if you'd like to see your library featured in future Social Library editions, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Free Library of Philadelphia is participating in the Warm the Sole sock drive. Socks... Read more

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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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