The first “Take Your Child to the Library” day was the idea of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Conn. Lipman thought the event would be a good way to promote everything that public libraries have to offer, as well as a way to encourage parents to spend time with their children and books.
"The [Vancouver Public Library] tried this out for the first time this winter: a book-club/speed-dating hybrid, where singles rotate around the room, spending four minutes each with about 20 others, all armed with a favourite book (or DVD or CD) to break the ice; something to help fill in those awkward pre-first-date gaps."
"Here’s the first video for Library360, a new video series for my library. Our goals are pretty simple (or lofty): to introduce our library’s customers to the library – our services, staff, etc. All the cool stuff the library does that doesn’t always get noticed."
"As a new branch without an ingrained pattern of community use, it was critical for the design to establish a presence that would attract visitors."
"The bright, colorful children’s section occupies the space adjacent to the street frontage, making it evident to onlookers that the design transforms the standard library stack and reading areas into a vision for the 21st century."
"The library operates primarily as a self-service system requiring the layout to be easy to navigate and exceptionally user-friendly."
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is proud to announce the launch of fourteen new public library services that help meet their countries national development targets by serving local community development needs.
"[Lorcan Dempsey] focuses on changes in how libraries are using their resources to create value: space, systems, collections and services/expertise. What should libraries specialize in and what things should they do collaboratively or externalize to other parties? Watch this video to learn how libraries are dealing with these and other important issues now as well as how they may do so in the future."
"The children’s section of any neighborhood public library is invariably the first public place where children are exposed to educative activities," says Vanessa Morris, professor of Library Science at Drexel University. "Typically, children will visit the public library before they enroll into preschool. Thus the children’s library is a vital starting point for intellectual, academic and social inspiration for all generations."
"The librarians, facing stiff and seemingly insurmountable competition, found a mechanism that takes advantage of the library's Achilles' heel, that makes a virtue of its anti-virtuality. My local library is bricks and mortar. It's a very actually place in a very real world. This allows it to stage events that matter in ways that digital experiences cannot."
"We don’t get any recipes online, we use my grandmother’s recipes and recipes from early 1900s cookbooks we get at the Friends of the Library book sales,” she added. “We have a peanut butter cookie recipe from the 1900s, a red velvet cake recipe that was my grandmother Helga Jensen’s recipe, and an English toffee that we make from one of Helga’s handwritten 1930s recipes. We also have a lingonberry bar that is a bestseller.”
"We’re going to be adding more Middle Eastern dishes to the menu, like falafel. “Mohammad is from Jordan, so we want to do a bunch of different foods melding those cultures to add to our homemade hummus and vegetarian panini.”
"Wayne County’s [N.C.] library staff also uses the software [Mango Languages] themselves to communicate more effectively with non-native English speaking patrons. [Meagen Wilson, reference librarian] said becoming versed in phrases such as “hello” and “goodbye” in other languages gives non-English speaking and ESL patrons a better library experience.
"We recently put up a book display that has books flying off of the shelves! Flying, I tell you! It seems that as soon as we fill it up, it is empty again.
"Our “Pick Me! Pick Me!” display features colorful bookmarks with a handwritten message about each title. Sure, it is staff intensive to get those bookmarks finished, but it works. On the back of each bookmark it says “What do you think?” so kids can add their own comments before returning it with the book."
"According to the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the public library is an institution that has long upheld a reputation as a highly-trusted and valued public resource. Therefore, it has the capacity to play an extremely important role in advancing dialogue and community engagement."