Tag: library programming

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 […]

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

This summer, The Seattle Public Library partnered with Seattle Arts and Lectures to create a very fun reading program for teens age 16 and over, and adults throughout the city. It’s called Summer Book Bingo! Participants enter one of two prize pools by either completing their whole card by September 8th or filling out one […]

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Coming Soon to an Event Near You: Audiobookmobile
By August 26, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Coming Soon to an Event Near You: Audiobookmobile

How cool is this? The Audio Publishers Association is taking the show on the road. What a great opportunity for public libraries to highlight their audiobook collection. The initiative was announced on Shelf Awareness, with a listing of five upcoming locations. I’ll get the whole scoop for you ASAP, along with contact information for libraries […]

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News you can use: Audiobook Round-up

News you can use: Audiobook Round-up

Here’s a mega-roundup of all things audiobook online and in the news – sixteen sweet links to explore! I love when a narrator is given the local rock star treatment by the local press. Check out this article highlighting the career of Karen White. Lady of 1,000 voices: Audiobook narrator brings famous authors’ works to […]

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