Wash & MN Libraries - Adults Earn Prizes to Encourage Reading writes Adults Earn Prizes to Encourage Reading

For years children have had summer programs encouraging them to read. This summer the Dakota County Libraries asked why should children get all the fun?“We’ve always had the children’s reading program so we thought it would be fun to pick up this program and do something to recognize our adult readers,� said Jane George a librarian at Eagan’s Wescott Library. “The main idea is to encourage more people to read.�The libraries began their Gold Card adult reading club in late July. Adult library patrons, age 18 and older, can pick up a reading log at any Dakota County library information desk and then read 50 books of 50 or more pages in length or listen to 50 audio books 50 minutes or longer.Every successful patron will receive a gold library card to mark their achievement, as well as several other prizes.The program is a version of one run by the King County Library System in Washington, George said. Dakota County library officials heard about the program at a conference and decided to give it a try here, she said.

Daniel adds: I guess anything is worth a try to boost reading, but what has happened to reading being its own reward? Reading as a window out into the world, or in to our own imaginations?


PA B&Bs Will Cook For the Local Library

In little Mount Joy Pennsylvania, the Milanof-Schock
Library's budget has been cut, and local bed & breakfasts in town are planning a fund-raising feast--"cook for the books." Each B&B (though only one, the Belsnickel Bed and Breakfast, is mentioned) will cook a signature dish and souvenir cookbooks will be sold. Nice story here.


A Librarian At Every Table [Community Outreach and Activism]

kctipton writes "I found 'A Librarian at Every Table' today while doing a little editing at It's an interesting concept (meaning, I've never seen it done): librarians as local community builders and activists. It's a site by Kathleen de la Peña McCook who got her Ph.D. from UW-Madison. She's apparently given ALA (and other) presentations, so some of you may have heard her speak.

I'd love to hear from those of you who have done this sort of thing or have seen it done. Sure librarians can occasionally organize and get the attention of the national press... but what else?"


Stump The Librarian

Anonymous Patron writes "here's a neat idea The Deer Park Public Library is presenting a unique challenge to its patrons. Throughout National Library Week, April 18–24, Deer Park Reference Librarians will challenge the community to "Stump the Librarian," by defying library-goers to present a question they don’t think they could answer!"


Marketing your library - from the year 2000 and beyond

Kym Corfield broaches the topic of why marketing your library has become a necessity in this day and age. Although the paper is two years old (presented at the end 2001 at the 11th National Library Technician's Conference in Hobart, Australia), Kym's rundown of how she became involved in marketing her library makes interesting reading.



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