Tag: library programming

“Philly Storied City” Project Turns the Spotlight on Locals and Their Stories

“Philly Storied City” Project Turns the Spotlight on Locals and Their Stories

This blog post is part of an ongoing series made possible by a partnership between Short Édition, the Knight Foundation, and the Public Library Association. A unique collaboration between French publishing house Short Édition and several prominent organizations in Philadelphia delivers short stories to residents at the touch of a button. Many of those stories […]

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San José Public Library’s Storytelling Contest Puts Local Voices Front and Center

San José Public Library’s Storytelling Contest Puts Local Voices Front and Center

This blog post is part of an ongoing series made possible by a partnership between Short Édition, the Knight Foundation, and the Public Library Association. This winter, San José Public Library discovered the Short Story Dispenser could render patron-made comic strips. Now, they’re utilizing the Dispensers to shake up storytelling contests and virtual programming—and highlight […]

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Focus on Spanish-Language Short Stories Broadens Community Reach

Focus on Spanish-Language Short Stories Broadens Community Reach

This blog post is part of an ongoing series made possible by a partnership between Short Édition, the Knight Foundation, and the Public Library Association. The Glen Ellyn Public Library Short Story Dispenser became the first worldwide to offer short stories in Spanish. Here Executive Director Dawn Bussey discusses how—and details other ways the library […]

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Nation’s First-Ever Short Story Cube Sparks Excitement at Illinois Libraries

Nation’s First-Ever Short Story Cube Sparks Excitement at Illinois Libraries

This blog post is part of an ongoing series made possible by a partnership between Short Édition, the Knight Foundation, and the Public Library Association. Joel Shoemaker, Library Director at Illinois Prairie District Library, first heard about the Short Story Dispenser at a library conference. The Dispenser, the brainchild of French publishing house Short Édition, […]

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Short Story Dispensers Add a Fresh Twist to Storytelling

Short Story Dispensers Add a Fresh Twist to Storytelling

The idea of “telling your story” is all the rage these days: you’re likely to hear it everywhere from professional conferences to self-help books. Yet neuroscience tells us that storytelling works. It paints a picture for the listener, conjuring enough emotion and empathy for them to suspend preconceived ideas and resistance for just a brief […]

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A One Book, One Chicago Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, author of EXIT WEST
By December 18, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

A One Book, One Chicago Conversation with Mohsin Hamid, author of EXIT WEST

Chicago Public Library goes all out for its One Book, One Chicago programs, holding numerous events at branches throughout the city, culminating in a grand finale with the author at the magnificent Harold Washington Library Center. I’ve had the immense honor of participating in these events, and the energy in the auditorium is elevating. This […]

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Staff Self-Care Bags: Bringing Joy During Times When Joy Is Scarce
By December 16, 2020 1 Comments Read More →

Staff Self-Care Bags: Bringing Joy During Times When Joy Is Scarce

I think everyone can agree that the past nine months have been exceedingly challenging—in different ways for each of us. Those of us who work in libraries are no exception. We have had to shift our perspective on what our jobs entail to account for health-care precautions. As I personally wrestled with the pandemic’s challenges, […]

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Happy TeenTober!: Talking with Kelsey Socha

Happy TeenTober!: Talking with Kelsey Socha

In a press release this August, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) introduced the library world to TeenTober, an exciting nationwide celebration of teens, for teens, and yes, named by a teen. Fast-forward two months, and the brand-new initiative, which seeks to promote “year-round teen services” and teen engagement within and outside the library, […]

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8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts
By February 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts

Podcast fans talk about their favorite radio shows with the same enthusiasm readers talk about their favorite books. The Kansas City Public Library and KCUR 89.3 have smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND, an annual book exchange and podcast party hosted by the Young Friends of the KCPL and Generation Listen KC. At […]

Publishing U: How to Build Community at Your Local Library AND Promote Your Work
By February 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: How to Build Community at Your Local Library AND Promote Your Work

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this week’s edition of Publishing U, Maggie Stuckey discusses the creative and library-centric programming she has been using to promote her book.   The library is the new community center—and authors can […]