Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) Community
The Kettering Foundation is offering a limited number of copies of its newest book The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future to all libraries interested in hosting book discussion groups or other community conversations. A series of questions to facilitate these conversations is also available.
To read insights others have drawn from the book and participate in conversations with people who are ready to put the ideas into practice in their own communities, visit www.ecologyofdemocracy.org and watch a video presentation by the author, David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation.
A press release, book description, book postcard, and sample questions are attached.
This is a wonderful opportunity for libraries to participate in discussions about the future of our democracy with concerned citizens in their communities. The effort is co-sponsored by the American Library Association Center for Civic Life and the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation.
Meeting of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG). Group charge: To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons.
Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programs Office.
Is anyone taking part in Outside the Lines? (http://getoutsidethelines.org/)
If so, ALA wants to see you in action. From Sept. 14-20, hold an event or campaign that shows off how creative and innovative your library is. Post a group selfie (or "usie) to FB or Twitter using the hashtag #getOTL and you could win a MaKey MaKey kit and a Spinbot kit from ALA. Details below.
Look here for fun inspirational videos: http://getoutsidethelines.org/for-libraries
GET OUTSIDE THE LINES @ YOUR LIBRARY
Campaign for America's Libraries
The Campaign for America’s Libraries supports the Outside the Lines initiative for providing a way for libraries and librarians to reach out to their communities and promote public awareness for today’s libraries.
During the Outside the Lines event, Sept.14-20, 2014, organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host an event or campaign to help people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and are more relevant than ever to people’s lives.
In honor of Outside the Lines, the Campaign for America’s Libraries has developed a special promotion to help showcase what libraries and librarians are doing to reconnect and reengage the public with today’s libraries.
All librarians who are planning outreach and community engagement activities during the week of Sept. 14-20, 2014 are encouraged to share an “usie" on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #getOTL. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a MaKey MaKey kit and a Spinbot kit.
Outside the Lines is an R-Squared initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed. This weeklong, national celebration takes place Sept. 14-20, 2014. Outside the Lines takes many of the concepts discussed at R-Squared, The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.
The Campaign for America’s is Libraries is the ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions.
So, what is everyone planning for the future? Here are the community college, the library plans events way ahead of time - right now I am working on our Fall 2014 schedule. I like to do a series of themed programming, this year we are doing "Explore your World" In the past we have done themed series such as: "STEMulate Learning" "Muslim Journeys" and "Preserving the Past"
Some events for my upcoming Explore your World series include:
- LibroFest (Latino authors book fair/cultural event),
- Banned Books Bash: Celebrate the Freedom to Read,
- International book club
- "Eight countries in one day @ the library"(8 booths each one on a different country)
- I am also in contact with a performer who has a historical talk "Unmentionables: the rise and fall of ladies underwear"
I'd love to hear from the rest of you!
My name is Carly Giancterino and I am currently the Adult Programs Assistant for the Cape May County Library system located at the very end of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
Our community consists of both year round and seasonal residents. During the height of the summer our numbers can triple!
Within our department of four, I help plan, advertise, and manage events that take place at all of our seven branches. I have also spearheaded the Library's presence on most social media outlets.
We are very successful at planning events for our senior patrons. Cape May County New Jersey is known nationally as a destination for birders and nature enthusiasts. We have mastered utilizing that area of interest, hosting up to 5-6 popular nature events a month.
It is bringing in those elusive 20-30 y/o that is a mystery to us! We recently hosted a Game of Thrones inspired cooking demonstration, Feast of Thrones, which peaked their interest. Six of the twenty guests were between the ages of 18-27.
Making the 20-30 y/o aware that the Library is "more than just books" is where we are struggling.
My colleagues and I know this is going to be a great forum for sharing ideas and experiences!
Thank you, Erin Shea for sending me an invite! I can only assume it stemmed from the Unconference I attended in the fall.