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Found via Twitter.  Almost makes me wish we had multiple returns chutes again.
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Look at our new returns chute things! Way more awesome than Dewey labels. #utslibrary pic.twitter.com/Puq9Hy5JLg”
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A good idea from Chelmsford…

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SwissArmyLibrarian posted this about a story walk organised by his library.

I love it.

The idea of StoryWalk, which originated with Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, is to line a trail with pages from a picture book, which kids (and adults) can read while on their walk/hike. The pages are laminated so as to be weather-proof, and attached to wooden stakes driven into the ground along the trail.

It’s a very simple project to do, but looks great and is a lot of fun for trail walkers. Library staff prepared all the pages and stakes, and the volunteer Stewards cleared the trail and installed the stakes…

I think this would be a pretty awesome thing to do along the outer circle rail trail. This would be a local history walk rather than a storybook walk, although maybe local artists could be invited to draw pictures so that the walk would be of interest to all ages?

Perhaps some variation could be used to get kids to the ‘new’ open space next to the Town Hall Gallery?

Love it Love it Love it.

 

Good Idea

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Hillsboro Public Library has this great list on their website.

100 free things to do at the Library

  1. Download ebooks and audiobooks anywhere you are.
  2. Use the WiFi or one of the public computers.
  3. Reserve and enjoy books, CDs, DVDs and BluRays.
  4. Feel good that you reused and recycled. (see #3)
  5. Search the 1.5 million items in the online catalog.
  6. Have items delivered to you if you’re homebound.
  7. Renew items online, by phone, or in person.
  8. Charge your electric car. (Main Library)
  9. Hear a new language at a bilingual storytime.
  10. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework.
  11. Text a question and get an answer in minutes.
  12. Learn languages fast with interactive, online courses.
  13. Get help from the ultimate search engine–a librarian.
  14. Borrow a Cultural Pass to visit a local museum for free.
  15. Borrow a Kill-A-Watt monitor and save on electric bills.
  16. Bring the family to a puppet show, movie, or magician.
  17. Bring your newborn to Book Babies and meet other parents.
  18. Reserve a meeting room for your nonprofit group.
  19. Take a GED, ASVAB, SAT or civil service practice test.
  20. Look up how much that Roy Rogers lunch box is worth.
  21. Attend an interesting lecture or creative workshop.
  22. Read the Argus as far back as 1894.
  23. Check your investments or trace your family tree.
  24. Borrow a potty training kit to share with your child.
  25. Pick up recommended readings lists for kids of all ages.
  26. Test-drive different e-readers and see an iPad demo.
  27. Read the newest bestsellers and magazines.
  28. Create a resume and apply for jobs online.
  29. Learn about upcoming community and cultural events.
  30. Shape up with an exercise video.
  31. Find a list of local childcare providers.
  32. Read the latest medical research reports online.
  33. Play board and Wii games after-school.
  34. Learn to identify the birds in your backyard.
  35. Study in a quiet place.
  36. Wiggle and giggle with your child at Toddler Time.
  37. Use Library resources to start a small business.
  38. Find out about local community organizations.
  39. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, computer, car, or washing machine to buy.
  40. Pick up the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide.
  41. Get detailed specs, diagrams, and manuals for more than 34,000 vehicles.
  42. Attend an early literacy workshop for parents.
  43. Receive reading recommendations via RSS/email.
  44. Learn creative ways you can interest your toddler in books.
  45. Practice your English and/or Spanish in a bilingual conversation group.
  46. Update your Facebook page.
  47. Check out books in large print for easier reading.
  48. Try a new craft or join a writer’s group.
  49. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  50. Watch your child develop reading skills and confidence in the Read to the Dogs program.
  51. Learn how to navigate the Internet.
  52. Get materials 7 days a week, after work, and on weekends.
  53. Hear a poetry reading.
  54. Be inspired by new ideas for redecorating your house.
  55. Learn how to prepare your preschooler for success in school.
  56. Check out a new or old television series.
  57. Get big picture books for storytelling at home.
  58. Pick up catalogs of classes at local colleges.
  59. Meet an author.
  60. Join a book discussion group.
  61. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  62. Research a term paper.
  63. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class.
  64. Open an email account.
  65. Share something new with your daughter in the Mother Daughter Book Group.
  66. Bring your date to a foreign film.
  67. Attend a seminar about how to handle retirement money or stretch your home budget.
  68. Volunteer
  69. Charm your students with a book that come with a puppet.
  70. Learn to touch type or master that new software program.
  71. Find a new recipe.
  72. Surprise your tactile learner with a pop-up book.
  73. Share online resources and databases with your students.
  74. Borrow a Book Kit (10 books + a guide) for your book group.
  75. Enroll your child in the Summer Reading program.
  76. Bring your child to get their prizes after completing Summer Reading.
  77. Take a computer class.
  78. Check out the latest fashion magazine.
  79. Explore your background with HeritageQuest or Ancestry Library.
  80. Curl up in a comfy chair near the fireplace in winter.
  81. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort on a hot summer day.
  82. Get tips for using a new digital camera.
  83. Read a local, national, or international newspaper.
  84. Publicize a nonprofit organization on the bulletin board.
  85. Find out about upcoming community and cultural events.
  86. Look up the phone number for a long lost friend.
  87. Participate in Adult Summer Reading to enter prize drawings.
  88.  Pick up the Library’s print calendar of programs and events.
  89. Learn how to take care of your new pet.
  90. Donate your used books to the Friends of the Library.
  91. Reserve (hold) books that will help you plan a vacation.
  92. Keep kids entertained with audio books during car trips.
  93. Study for a food handler’s permit.
  94. Be notified by email when items you’ve requested arrive.
  95. Use a computer designed for people with low vision.
  96. Attend an annual after-hours party with your child.
  97. Discuss issues of concern with other community members.
  98. Introduce your grandchild to the Library.
  99. Stay in touch with family far away through email.
  100. Show proof of residence and get your own Library card.

I am so going to do something similar for MPOW.

Pretty cool idea from Hillsboro Public Library

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Hillsboro Public Library has this great list on their website.

100 free things to do at the Library

  1. Download ebooks and audiobooks anywhere you are.
  2. Use the WiFi or one of the public computers.
  3. Reserve and enjoy books, CDs, DVDs and BluRays.
  4. Feel good that you reused and recycled. (see #3)
  5. Search the 1.5 million items in the online catalog.
  6. Have items delivered to you if you’re homebound.
  7. Renew items online, by phone, or in person.
  8. Charge your electric car. (Main Library)
  9. Hear a new language at a bilingual storytime.
  10. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework.
  11. Text a question and get an answer in minutes.
  12. Learn languages fast with interactive, online courses.
  13. Get help from the ultimate search engine–a librarian.
  14. Borrow a Cultural Pass to visit a local museum for free.
  15. Borrow a Kill-A-Watt monitor and save on electric bills.
  16. Bring the family to a puppet show, movie, or magician.
  17. Bring your newborn to Book Babies and meet other parents.
  18. Reserve a meeting room for your nonprofit group.
  19. Take a GED, ASVAB, SAT or civil service practice test.
  20. Look up how much that Roy Rogers lunch box is worth.
  21. Attend an interesting lecture or creative workshop.
  22. Read the Argus as far back as 1894.
  23. Check your investments or trace your family tree.
  24. Borrow a potty training kit to share with your child.
  25. Pick up recommended readings lists for kids of all ages.
  26. Test-drive different e-readers and see an iPad demo.
  27. Read the newest bestsellers and magazines.
  28. Create a resume and apply for jobs online.
  29. Learn about upcoming community and cultural events.
  30. Shape up with an exercise video.
  31. Find a list of local childcare providers.
  32. Read the latest medical research reports online.
  33. Play board and Wii games after-school.
  34. Learn to identify the birds in your backyard.
  35. Study in a quiet place.
  36. Wiggle and giggle with your child at Toddler Time.
  37. Use Library resources to start a small business.
  38. Find out about local community organizations.
  39. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, computer, car, or washing machine to buy.
  40. Pick up the Parks & Recreation Activities Guide.
  41. Get detailed specs, diagrams, and manuals for more than 34,000 vehicles.
  42. Attend an early literacy workshop for parents.
  43. Receive reading recommendations via RSS/email.
  44. Learn creative ways you can interest your toddler in books.
  45. Practice your English and/or Spanish in a bilingual conversation group.
  46. Update your Facebook page.
  47. Check out books in large print for easier reading.
  48. Try a new craft or join a writer’s group.
  49. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  50. Watch your child develop reading skills and confidence in the Read to the Dogs program.
  51. Learn how to navigate the Internet.
  52. Get materials 7 days a week, after work, and on weekends.
  53. Hear a poetry reading.
  54. Be inspired by new ideas for redecorating your house.
  55. Learn how to prepare your preschooler for success in school.
  56. Check out a new or old television series.
  57. Get big picture books for storytelling at home.
  58. Pick up catalogs of classes at local colleges.
  59. Meet an author.
  60. Join a book discussion group.
  61. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  62. Research a term paper.
  63. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class.
  64. Open an email account.
  65. Share something new with your daughter in the Mother Daughter Book Group.
  66. Bring your date to a foreign film.
  67. Attend a seminar about how to handle retirement money or stretch your home budget.
  68. Volunteer
  69. Charm your students with a book that come with a puppet.
  70. Learn to touch type or master that new software program.
  71. Find a new recipe.
  72. Surprise your tactile learner with a pop-up book.
  73. Share online resources and databases with your students.
  74. Borrow a Book Kit (10 books + a guide) for your book group.
  75. Enroll your child in the Summer Reading program.
  76. Bring your child to get their prizes after completing Summer Reading.
  77. Take a computer class.
  78. Check out the latest fashion magazine.
  79. Explore your background with HeritageQuest or Ancestry Library.
  80. Curl up in a comfy chair near the fireplace in winter.
  81. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort on a hot summer day.
  82. Get tips for using a new digital camera.
  83. Read a local, national, or international newspaper.
  84. Publicize a nonprofit organization on the bulletin board.
  85. Find out about upcoming community and cultural events.
  86. Look up the phone number for a long lost friend.
  87. Participate in Adult Summer Reading to enter prize drawings.
  88.  Pick up the Library’s print calendar of programs and events.
  89. Learn how to take care of your new pet.
  90. Donate your used books to the Friends of the Library.
  91. Reserve (hold) books that will help you plan a vacation.
  92. Keep kids entertained with audio books during car trips.
  93. Study for a food handler’s permit.
  94. Be notified by email when items you’ve requested arrive.
  95. Use a computer designed for people with low vision.
  96. Attend an annual after-hours party with your child.
  97. Discuss issues of concern with other community members.
  98. Introduce your grandchild to the Library.
  99. Stay in touch with family far away through email.
  100. Show proof of residence and get your own Library card.

I am so going to do something similar for MPOW.

 

Police Station in Library

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Hmm. community outreach with a difference…

http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html

Storefront’ Police Station in Public Library
From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.”

 

 

 

Storefront’ Police Station in Public Library

 
 

From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.”

– See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html#sthash.AGgOMFWn.dpuf

 

Storefront’ Police Station in Public Library

 
 

From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.”

– See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html#sthash.AGgOMFWn.dpuf

 

 

 

From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.” – See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html#sthash.AGgOMFWn.dpuf

From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.” – See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html#sthash.AGgOMFWn.dpuf

From the Library Journal:

The San Diego Police Department Tuesday opened a ‘storefront station’ at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The facility will allow officers access to the SDPD’s computer network, allowing them to file reports and handle other paperwork in a location close to their beats. Previously, officers had to write reports in their cars because the police station in the far Northeastern Division is in Rancho Penasquitos.

“As the city begins to emerge from its fiscal woes, we must improve public safety in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Kersey, who represents the area. “This includes a new location where police can connect with community volunteers and resources to help them protect neighborhoods in north San Diego.” – See more at: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/storefront-police-station-in-public.html#sthash.AGgOMFWn.dpuf

Social Reading

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I joined both GoodReads and LibraryThing some time ago.

I’ve pretty much stopped using goodreads – no real reason for not using it other than that I find LibraryThing more suited to my needs.

LibraryThing makes it easy to keep track of my books (physical & e) as well as my ‘to be read’ (TBR) pile and my ‘want to read’ lists.

I can add books my scanning the isbns into my phone and then uploading them to LibraryThing. I can then tag (catalogue!) them.

I use tags such as ‘read’, ‘to read’, the series name, etc.

If it’s a book i’ve borrowed from a library then it gets tagged with the library name.

I also tag books (with the intended recipients name) i might want to give people for Christmas or birthdays.

I upgraded to paid LibraryThing some time ago so that i could upload unlimited books.  I also add my dvds -it’s useful to have everything in the one place. It makes it easy to track what i’ve read,  what i want to read, what i’ve got waiting to read and so on.

 

QR codes

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I’ve been using QR codes for a while now – i have one on my intro card (a sort of personal business card – if that makes sense) that points people to my blog.

At work we have had QR codes on our library cards for about 12 months (we had to wait for the old stock to be used up).

These QR codes direct people to the library website.

We also use QR codes on some of our signage to take people (for example) to the Road to IELTS database.

I haven’t seen anyone scanning the QR codes but then again I don’t sit there and stalk QR codes to see how often they get used!

I’ve noticed an increase in the number of shops that have QR codes on their windows or handouts – ir’s way easier (for me) to snap a QR code with my phone than it is to write down the details of an event or shop.

From a work point of view we are not promoting the QR codes – they are there for people who know what they are to use but we don’t actively try and introduce them to people who don’t know what they are.

That is often an issue when introducing something different.

We really enthusiastic about something, introduce it, but then nothing more happens with it. We need to follow up on these ideas so that  their potential can be realised, rather than assuming everyone knows what to do.

Even if the idea is ultimately unsuccessful we need to promote it properly at the start.

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