Growing Library Garden Programs

The Reisterstown Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (MD) planted a pizza garden!

April Question of the Month

In anticipation of the webinar Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community, we have STEM on our minds. We're wondering if your library has introduced STEM programming and if so, how you have done so.

Let us know here »

Spring has arrived and the urge for fresh starts has returned, whether that means finally facing the unruly makerspace supply closet or recommitting to making learning a regular part of your work.

While we might not be able to help you clean out that closet, we can help you with your continuing education! WebJunction's Betha Gutsche provides a great example of how one library made learning a key part of what they do in the story Self-Directed Achievement on a Small Scale.

If adding or reinvigorating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming is on your spring to-do list, then make sure to attend the upcoming webinar Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community on Thursday, April 28.

One way to combine the outdoors with STEM programming is through gardening, and for inspiration you can find many of examples of library gardens in this article on WebJunction. And do let us know how you are implementing STEM programs at your library in our April poll.

Spring is also a time for healthy beginnings, and WebJunction has many resources to help you examine your community's health needs and how to meet them.

The latest addition to these resources is in recognition of National Minority Health Month. Librarians from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center Knowledge Center Library have written about the many free consumer health information resources they offer that you and your patrons can tap for free.

Are you ready for even more inspiration? The webinar Incubate Creativity at Your Library on Tuesday, April 19 might be just what you need to revive your ingenuity and turn your library into a creativity incubator.

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Free Consumer Health Information for Libraries and Patrons

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, we asked librarians from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center Knowledge Center Library to share information on the extensive resources that they provide for free to public library staff and individuals. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations.

Free Consumer Health Information for Libraries and Patrons

Growing Library Garden Programs

Upon hearing news of First Lady Michelle Obama's surprise visit to school and community gardens, we thought it would be a good time to collect a list of related resources and examples of libraries that are creating gardens and hosting garden programming. Many public libraries are connecting to community partners and transforming spaces to engage patrons of all ages in growing library garden programs. Perhaps the First Lady could visit some of the many library gardens next!

Growing Library Garden Programs

The community garden located outside the Sangaree Library Branch (Berkeley County Library System, SC).


Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library

Every community is unique, which of course means that each library is unique. Take, for example, Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. One of the unique aspects at this library is their robust Outreach Department and their many services and programs for senior/older adults, from e-reader training to games to a pen pal program with elementary school students. We caught up with Marie Corbitt, Outreach Program Librarian, to find out more about this aspect of Westerville Public Library in particular. 

Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Incubate Creativity at Your Library

The Library as Incubator Project (LAIP) promotes the library as a place to connect and create. LAIP has networked with hundreds of libraries who are working with their communities to incubate and inspire creative projects. They have talked with scores of artists, writers, makers, performers and other creatives about how they use their libraries and how their libraries can serve them even better. In this webinar, LAIP co-founder and editor Laura Damon-Moore (who is also the Community Engagement Librarian at Madison Public Library, WI) shares program and project ideas, resources and case studies to turn your library into a creativity incubator. Take the workable, scalable programming and resource framework from LAIP and become a hub for supporting creatives of all types and skill levels in your community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Make, Do, Share: Build a STEM Learning Community

Youth in grades K-12 spend an astounding 81% of their time in informal learning environments outside of school. Libraries are a locus of informal learning. As the number of STEM related careers continues to multiply, libraries can play a key role in fostering the interest and excitement for STEM learning that may be missing in schools. Through the generous support of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kitsap Regional Library System (KRL) has developed a ready-to-use system that empowers libraries of all sizes to become community STEM leaders. If you feel like an "accidental STEM librarian" and are wondering how to get started, staff at this semi-rural library system will share fresh ideas and hands-on, practical advice for planning and implementing impactful programs. Learn how to take the lead with informal learning for youth and families in your community.

3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time


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Other Free Learning

Baseball spring training might be wrapping up, but no need to stop your training! Especially with 74 free webinars in 20 different topic areas, from advocacy to volunteers. These training opportunities are compiled and shared by the Wyoming State Library. Highlights in this month's webinar offerings include:

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