September 2013, Volume 5, Issue 8
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-up Month
International Literacy Day
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Banned Books Week
Banned Websites Awareness Day
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha
Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Beyond the Great Gatsby: e-resources for book groups and literature classes
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Siouxland Libraries walks the Book Walk
In July, Siouxland Libraries presented its second annual Book Walk at the Downtown River Greenway Amphitheater. It featured two children's books, Silly Sally by Audrey Wood, and I Went Walking by Sue Williams. Other activities included a concert performed by Do Re Let's Play, face painting and a visit from Cagey and the Sanford FitKids. We had about 250 people attend. Other cities, including Pierre, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota have expressed interest in presenting their own Book Walk. Here's how:
- To set up a Book Walk at your library, you need two copies of a big book version of a picture book, because artwork is on the front and back of each page.
- Carefully remove all pages, cut them in half and laminate them for later mounting on foam board.
- To prepare the signs, use packing tape to secure lawn posts (like those used for political signs) onto pre-measured foam core.
- Use hot glue to adhere the laminated book pages to the foam core. To keep things in order and make setup easier, number the backs of each sign.
- Finally, find your location to stick them in the ground. Consider spacing so all pages will be equally spread along your path.
- Invite your community to get some exercise and read a book at your Book Walk!
For more detailed information on how to make a Book Walk, visit our poster session at Tri-Conference 2013 on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 or contact Siouxland Libraries.
Totally Teen Territory mural painted at Watertown Regional
by Raynette Schulte, young adult librarian, Watertown Regional Library
Working with teens can be the most rewarding experience. This year things fell into place for us to paint a mural in the Totally Teen Territory of the Watertown Regional Library. I wrote to the South Dakota Arts Council for a grant to help fund the mural, and the Friends of the Watertown Regional Library matched that amount to give us the rest of the needed funding. The artist, Ann Taecker, and the teens discussed ideas as to what they wanted to put on the mural. They all agreed that depicting young adult genres would be the best mural for the area. Then they took to the painting.
Watching the design come together was absolutely amazing. The kids would throw out an idea, and Ann would say, "Draw it for me." Then she would convince them to draw it on the wall. She guided them to make some very professional-looking designs. The teens learned how to care for the paints and brushes, as well as how to mix the paints to get the desired color. They drew and painted and painted and drew, and after 20 hours, the mural is complete. The final product does not look like the original sketch, as it changed nightly while the kids worked on it.
The lamp post from the Chronicles of Narnia, the Fountain of Fair Fortune from Harry Potter and the Tales of Beedle the Bard and one of the talking trees from The Wizard of Oz are some of the literary references throughout the painting. Some of the allusions are hidden within the mural, so that every time you see it, you will notice something different. It was a great project to work on with young adults, and I have already started to scope out other canvases in the library we may be able to approach in the future.
Pictured is part of the mural and some of the teen artists.
Beresford Public Library gets cool at the pool
by Jane Norling, Beresford Public Library director
Reaching outside the walls of your library can be challenging. Often we worry about not enough staff, not enough time or what can we do to reach patrons? This summer we decided to start small and try a storytime at the pool. (We had a built in audience and it is a "cool" place.)
The pool staff informed us that the 1:50 pm pool break is usually the busiest, so that is what we decided on. We made a poster announcing our schedule and asking everyone to join us for fun each Wednesday. Annie arrived extra early and reminded the kids about storytime prior to each session. Then, each Wednesday afternoon in July, Annie and Jessica were off to the pool for a quick poolside storytime during pool break. Annie decided that funny stories would appeal to our audience and read two fun stories at the storytime. Our audience laughed for the whole 10 minutes and then blew bubbles or used sidewalk chalk to wrap up the storytime. Even after the whistle blew, kids stayed around for an extra story letting us know that storytime was a success!
Another idea for outreach is doing a storytime at your local county fair or holiday fair. Each summer the Union County libraries take turns (Alcester, Beresford, Elk Point and North Sioux City) hosting a storytime at the Union County Fair. I am sure that there are more ideas out there. What ideas do you have to reach your patrons?
"On-the-shelf" readers advisory helps patrons
Garfield County Libraries in Western Colorado advises patrons right where they are in the stacks. Small tags taped to the shelves suggest authors or titles similar to the ones the patron is looking at. "The on- the- shelf readers advisory has been very helpful and has encouraged our patrons to explore new authors they might not necessarily have discovered on their own," said Janine Rose, Rifle Branch Library manager. "The idea came from a Colorado Association of Libraries conference presentation." The accompanying photo, used with permission of Diana Tixier Herald, is from the science fiction shelves at the Parachute Branch Library.
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