Fortnite "In Real Life" at the Emporia Public Library

Tiffany Fay
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Published: 21 February 2019
Fortnite

More and more libraries are hosting programs that bring people of all ages together for "in real life" or IRL interaction. Building on the popularity of online gaming, these events can help get people off the couch and their screens, provide healthy physical activity and increase face-to-face social connections. Tiffany Fay, Youth Services Specialist at the Emporia Public Library (EPL), Kansas, hosted a Fortnite IRL event at her library and she’s offered to share details on how she planned and implemented the very successful program. She hopes other libraries will use her approach to host similar events!

The popular... Read more

Social Library, Volume 127

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 19 February 2019
Social Library, Volume 127

Our Social Library series continues, providing quick inspiration from five libraries we follow on Facebook. From food and scarf drives, helping those in need, to a 3D printed doll and a craft supply swap, learn how libraries are hosting opportunities for communities to create and connect. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

Pflugerville Library in Texas recently hosted a Craft Supply Swap. What a fantastic way to support recycling and to reinspire your local crafters. The event listing provided guidelines for what... Read more

Posted In: Social Library

5 Ways to Make WebJunction Part of Your Day

WebJunction
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Published: 14 February 2019
5 Ways to Make WebJunction Part of Your Day

At WebJunction, our tagline is "The learning place for libraries." To help you explore all the learning that we have to offer, we've put together a quick list of five things you can do to get started. With so many self-paced options, you can take advantage of learning when it works for you. And the best part of all of this is that it's all free for you, thanks to the generous support of state library agencies and OCLC.

Free February Webinars for Library Staff

Wyoming State Library
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Published: 31 January 2019
Free February Webinars for Library Staff

It's hard to believe January has come to an end, but we're moving on to a new month, and a fresh chance to bring some learning to your library work. This month, with 86 webinars and two all-day online conferences, covering 19 topic areas, you're sure to find a session or two that can help recharge your toolbox and bring you some fresh perspective. This list is collected by the Wyoming State Library and updated monthly on the Free Training page, where you can also view the offerings by category.

For additional training, check out the WebJunction Catalog, free and... Read more

Gates Public Library Community Panel Prompts Grassroots Opioid Overdose Programming

WebJunction
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Published: 30 January 2019
Gates Public Library Community Panel Prompts Grassroots Opioid Overdose Programming

Anna Souannavong, Assistant Director of the Gates Public Library in Rochester, New York, perceived a need for discussion and education in her local community on opioid addiction and the widespread crisis happening across the region and throughout the nation. Her research lead to the discovery of widespread frustration of navigating both prevention and recovery services, but ultimately the misinformation of data and more particularly a misunderstanding of substance use disorder and its impact on our communities, neighbors, friends, and families.

Using her position as a librarian who specializes in programming, she responded to a sense of urgency to orchestrate a community... Read more

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