Social Library, Volume 86

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 27 June 2017
Social Library, Volume 86

In this, the 86th edition of our Social Library series, we bring you five brand-new-to-us programming and promotion ideas. We know not all ideas we share from libraries on Facebook are original, but most are unique! Our highlights feature a murderous 80s prom, sidewalk painting, nature backpacks, a diaper derby, and GIFs on Facebook. 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.

Granville Public Library in Ohio hosted a Murder at the... Read more

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Kirkwood Public Library Unveils Renovated Children’s Room

Sarah Erwin
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Published: 20 June 2017
Kirkwood Public Library Unveils Renovated Children’s Room

The Kirkwood Public Library (MO) recently embarked on a renovation of their Children's room. Through generous private donations and the library staff's planning efforts, a well-thought out and designed space was created for the community. The idea that "play is learning" guided the library's planning process. They aimed to create a space where the community could come together, plan and learn! Read more about their efforts and some suggestions for how to incorporate affordable changes when you don't have a large budget.

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Librarians Who Wikipedia: Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library

Monika Sengul-Jones, OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence
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Published: 16 June 2017
Librarians Who Wikipedia: Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library

Susan Barnum, Public Services Librarian at El Paso Public Library, taught herself to edit Wikipedia to improve the quality of information online. She also incorporates editing into her librarianship, editing Wikipedia articles in response to patron requests. Barnum has made more than 24,000 edits and created nearly 300 articles, giving special attention to Wikipedia's coverage of Texas, biographies of women and women's history. We spoke with Barnum about why she edits.

"I had stumbled across a biography of a prominent atheist in Texas, Seth Andrews. The article was up for deletion. I didn't know Wikipedia articles could be deleted!... Read more

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Libraries Can Get $10,000 a Month in Google Ads for Free. Here's how.

Trey Gordner
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Published: 07 June 2017
Libraries Can Get $10,000 a Month in Google Ads for Free. Here's how.

Google's Ad Grants program is a valuable, but sorely underutilized opportunity for online promotion. Google offers qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofits (including groups like Friends of the Library or libraries that hold 501(c)(3) status) up to $10,000 per month in advertising budget for free. This article from Trey Grodner explains the Google Ad Grants program, its promotional potential for libraries, and the application process. See what other libraries are learning from implementation of Google Ads.  

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Money as You Grow Book Club: How to Help Families Build Their Children's Money Skills

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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Published: 06 June 2017
Money as You Grow Book Club: How to Help Families Build Their Children's Money Skills

Most parents and caregivers agree it's important to prepare their children to be financially smart. They want the best for their children, and that includes the skills to manage day-to-day finances and keep on track for achieving what they want in life. But many parents and caregivers end up avoiding money conversations, sometimes because they don't know where to start and sometimes because they don't have confidence in their own money skills. The Money as You Grow book club can help.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recognizes that libraries are a powerful and trusted community resource. Collaborating with the... Read more

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