May 2014, Volume 6, Issue 4
Check Your Calendars!!
Choose Privacy Week
National Library Legislative Day
National Teacher Day
Children's Book Week
ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1, 2014
ALCTS Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Summer reading sizzles with online resources
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Freezin' for a reason
by Nancy Sabbe, Madison Public Library director
Librarians at the Madison Public Library had a friendly competition to raise awareness and funds for a great cause, Special Olympics of South Dakota. Special Olympics supports over 1,700 athletes in various sports such as bowling, track and field, and basketball. One of the Madison Public Library's most faithful volunteers participates in the Special Olympics every year. She's a joy to be around and inspires us all.
Everyone on the library staff competed for a spot on the team. The competition pitted librarian against librarian and allowed patrons to pledge funds to determine who would take the plunge on March 30, 2014. Through a month of fundraising, patrons (young and old) happily supported the cause with their pennies, dimes, and dollars and when all was said and done, we raised $370. Three Super Librarians, donning their Dr. Seuss capes, took the icy-cold plunge! In total, the Madison community had 60 plungers and raised $18,000.
Winner Elementary uses book return on wheels
Winner Elementary School Librarian, Ann English, has discovered an easy and economical way for her students to return their books to the library. Each classroom now has a book return crate on wheels. The book crate is parked in a corner of the room and students drop in their books as they finish with them. When it's time to return books to the library, an assigned student pulls up the crate's handle; and, away they go. The library's circulation desk is no longer overflowing with books waiting to be checked in as they wait in their crate for their turn. The crates can be purchased at most office supply stores.