Breaking Bread with Anythink Libraries
Bread has been a major staple of the human diet for thousands of years - in fact, consumption of grains can be traced as far back as the Middle Stone Age. And while this simple combination of flour, water, salt and yeast can yield many different styles and types of the food, one thing is certain: bread has played in instrumental role in bringing people together.
With this concept in mind, Maria Mayo, adult guide at Anythink Wright Farms, launched "Community Voices," an ongoing series that explores the ways in which strangers can explore and share the things that... Read more
Social Library, Volume 121
Welcome to the latest edition of our Social Library series, highlighting a range of events and displays that libraries are showcasing on their Facebook pages. From a library tour to books for trick or treaters, and from book displays to Mental Health First Aid, these examples are sure to inspire. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library in Mississippi posted some wonderful photos from the library tour and storytime they hosted for Ms. Tallant’s class from Water... Read more
Smart Space Transformation Stories
Explore these Smart Space Transformation Stories from libraries who participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to reimagine and reconfigure their libraries into smart spaces.
Are Dogs the New Library Cat?
At Red Land Community Library in Etters, Pennsylvania, parents can sign children up for a 15-minute slot to read to a golden retriever. Ella is one of three trained therapy dogs who are among the library's most famous and beloved volunteers. The dogs work an 11:00 am to 1:00 pm shift on Saturdays, sitting contentedly while children choose a book to read aloud.
A study by researchers at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction found that the presence of an animal during reading reduced stress for school-age children. The researchers assessed second-grade students who were assigned to a control group... Read more
Free November Webinars for Library Staff
As we head towards the end of the year, and begin to set goals for the next, consider areas of learning that might fill your knowledge gaps. Webinars are a great way to both test the waters on topics of interest or they can help you dive deeper if you're ready for more. This list of 81 free webinars and day-long online events covering 18 categories was collected by the Wyoming State Library. It's 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... Read more
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29 November 2018
In this Transformative Leaders webinar, learn about an award-winning library's approach to change management, as an organization that not only responds to change, but one that embraces it.
18 December 2018
This webinar will explore the life-cycle of a successful library adult program.
08 January 2019
In this webinar, learn how libraries in Oklahoma are growing community health literacy through programs for all ages.