November 20, 2017

Barbie Bod Mods | Programs That Pop

Raziel Reid’s win of A 2014 Governor General award for When Everything Feels Like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp) sparked many conversations through our teen library groups and brought to light their questions and personal concerns. With topics of gender and identity taking center stage in the media, we believed it was a good time to create a program that addressed societal ideals, body image, and gender identity—and celebrated diversity. A bag of old Barbie dolls languishing under Lisa Mudrakoff’s desk proved to be the perfect foundation for a program in social literacy that would also be creative and fun, meeting teens’ requests for exciting tactile events that allowed them to get their hands dirty while also addressing the topics brought to mind by Reid’s novel.

A Library Masterpiece | Programs That Pop

Research implies that lifelong learning and social engagement foster healthy aging. With the over-50 set now the fastest growing age group, baby boomers are living longer, and their demand for engaging social interaction, enrichment, and learning continues apace. Iowa’s Marion Public Library recently focused on a popular Sunday night TV program, borrowed ideas from an existing club, and was soon up and running with a fun, socially engaging program targeted to this growing ­population.

Creating a Level of Comfort | Programs That Pop

The library is a liberating place for adults with developmental disabilities in the Springfield–Greene County Library District, MO. Since the Library Station branch stepped up its monthly programming for that underserved population through “Explore,” 40 adults have become faithful attendees, and new agency partners bring clients from as far as 70 miles away.

Linking the Needy to the Needed | Programs That Pop

It’s not unusual for public libraries to host fairs for patrons to find the things they want to know—most often revolving around authors and books. It is also not a rarity for libraries to conduct outreach to homeless and at-risk patrons. Yet Salt Lake City Public Library (­SLCPL) has taken the uncommon step of combining the two. On November 18, 2014, an estimated 400 homeless or at-risk individuals attended the first Project Uplift, a social services information and resource fair coordinated by SLCPL, Salt Lake City government, and Volunteers of America—Utah (VOA).

The Amazing Library Titles Race | Programs That Pop

“The Ass Is Dead! LONG LIVE the Ass!” Do I have your attention?

Good. That is the point of a library instruction workshop game that requires students to unscramble a book title, then search the catalog to find the item’s location and retrieve it from the shelves.

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

Move Over, Rachael Ray | Programs That Pop

The Gold Coast Public Library (GCPL), Glen Head, NY, wouldn’t exist if it had not been for Girl Scout Troop #61. In 1997, when working to meet the requirements for the ”My Community” badge, one young scout asked her leader, “Why doesn’t our community have a library?” This was just the first step in a long process spearheaded by devoted residents. GCPL opened in summer 2005, when residents overwhelmingly voted to establish the library district. The library adopted the slogan, “Powered by Community.” This community values libraries and the services they offer. As such, GCPL strives to add programs that bring old and new patrons together and foster the sense of community. Our newest book club, “Cook the Book,” does both. The cookbook collection is a hot section and, therefore, one of our best sources of new service ideas. The club, inspired by an article in a local paper about programs available in libraries, brings together patrons who love to cook over a meal and conversation about cooking and recipes.

Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? | Programs That Pop

Once a month, giddy adults come to the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, IA, just before closing time, armed with Nerf blasters. Other patrons stare with curiosity and a little alarm. Once the building is closed, the quiet reference area explodes with noise, excitement, and foam darts. This is our favorite program: Nerf Capture the Flag, open to anyone 18 and older.

Coffee Cup Stories | Programs That Pop

Espresso culture arrived a bit late in Parkes, New South Wales (NSW), as urban trends often do in Australian country towns. Yet sometimes it’s possible for a small community to outpace the zeitgeist. In ours, we decided to connect the community to libraries and literacy through coffee.

NaNoWriMo at Your Library | Programs That Pop

One popular program at the Corvallis–Benton County Public Library (C-BCPL) last year was our National Novel Writing Month (­NaNoWriMo) series of events, which offered a fun and creative challenge for community members: to write a novel in 30 days. The program was so popular that the library published a collection of writings from many of the participants.