Makerspaces and Libraries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pink_knitting_in_front_of_pink_sweatshirt.JPGHow are libraries joining the hands-on makerspace movement? Marie from the Warren Public Library called in to the Vermont Edition “Making It” show August 7, 2014, at Vermont Public Radio. Warren circulates a knitting kit, complete with a ball of wool yarn, 2 balls of synthetic yarn and a bag of practice yarn. Tools included: Instruction book,1 pair size 8 knitting needles, 1 crochet hook, 1 yarn needle.

Warren plans to add electronic kits to the collection this fall.

VOKAL entry, Warren Public Library, for a knitting kit

VOKAL entry, Warren Public Library, for a knitting kit

Extra mileage from the newsletter

Ilsley uses large screen to promote programs

Ilsley uses large screen to promote programs

The Ilsley Public Library features two inhouse displays of the library newsletter. The more traditional is a large plexiglass holder with the enlarged newsletter displayed.

The local public access TV station also programs highlights from the newsletter onto a big screen. Standing in the library, people see coming programs, photos and services proceeding across the screen. In the shot above, parents are advised to borrow “Get Well Bags” to take home, instead of bringing sick children into the library.

Ilsley posts the newsletter inside the library.

Ilsley posts the newsletter inside the library.

Library closed? Recommend area choices.

Children choosing books in RochesterRochester Public Library anticipates stretches of time this summer when the building will be closed. The children’s room is under construction. People need books — so the librarian put together a Rochester PL brochure to hand out ahead of time. What a good idea!

Post a Selfie @ Brooks

Selfie librarian at Brooks Memorial Library

Selfie of librarian at Brooks Memorial Library

Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro came up with a new wrinkle for National Library Week 2014! Here, from the e-newsletter:

Celebrate National Library week (April 13-19) and show the world how lives change at libraries by posting a Brooks Memorial Library selfie on your social media sites-or ours. Here’s how it works:

Take a selfie, alone or with friends, in a favorite spot at Brooks Memorial Library. We recommend filling out a National Library Week thought bubble to include in the picture.

Suggested places to post include Twitter and Facebook. Not sure what a selfie is or how to take one? Brooks staff have iPads in the library and will help.

Selfie librarian with DDC book open at Brooks Memorial Library

Selfie librarian with DDC book open at Brooks Memorial Library

Prom Shop at the Library

prom dressesWhere can you find a prom dress in Highgate, Vermont (pop 3535)? According to a Facebook post March 12, the answer will soon be the Highgate Public Library. Way to explore new horizons!

“It’s PROM SEASON and we are trying to help make this event a memorable event for youth in our area. If you have a bridesmaid dress or prom dress just hanging in your closet and you want to clean house- we will take it (as long as it is of current fashion and clean). All the dresses that we collect will be available (for free) to girls in Franklin County to come and try on– and hopefully find one that will make their night perfect!”

Pop Up LIbrary at Town Meeting

Town Meeting Table 2014Wilder Memorial Library in Weston came to town meeting this year. Here, In librarian Kerri MacLaury’s words:

Last year we had a table to register new library patrons and we were able to register 50 patrons (which for our town of 566, that’s a big deal…and it was our first month with LibraryWorld up and running).

This year we decided to not only register patrons, but I took all of our newest DVDs, fiction and nonfiction books to set up a display table. What we did differently this year was brought our laptop and scanner so we could circulate materials from Town Meeting. It was so much fun! About 15 items went out today and people who had items on hold were able to pick them up at Town Meeting too.

It was a great way to show what the library had and to get items into the hands of people who don’t come through our doors too often. People were also blown away by the mobility of our library and they really saw how much of an effort we are making for our town. Several conversations were sparked on how we could bring our library to other places and I think this summer we are going to bring a table of books to our local rec center and check books out to kids there! Maybe even throw in a Story Time. Imagine all that fun brainstorming with citizens, town leaders and board members!

It was such a fun experience and I would recommend it to any library working with a cloud-based system like LibraryWorld. Just make sure you have a wi-fi connection! That’s the only catch. It’s library advocacy in action! And there wasn’t a question about our budget when it came up for approval! Phew!

Patron confidentiality

Since Vermont Statutes require written permission from a patron in order to release information about their library usage, Kimball Public Library offers patrons the opportunity to fill out and sign a release form indicating who can have access to their patron record. Staff keep the forms on file, and add a note to their digital record so it’s easy for staff to see who has approved whom. When cards expire, staff check to see whether the patron has already had the spiel; cards are routinely set to expire on patrons’ 16th birthdays.

Here’s the template to create four forms: Release patron info Kimball PL.