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My Library This Christmas

Books are Snow Wonderful Bulletin Board

It’s “Share the Gift of Story” this week, with readers from the community coming in to read to K-Gr. 9 library classes. It’s so great for the kids to see that it’s not just school staff and parents who enjoy reading stories. Our local RCMP really get in on the act with several constables joining in the fun this year. Perfect way for the kids to meet the local police officers too!

Easy Street decorated for Christmas with New Fireplace

A long-time participant, whose grandchildren are now in school noticed a couple of years ago that the YouTube fireplace video that I put on the Smart Board behind the readers was a little pathetic. It couldn’t be seen well, it distracted the kids as the tender rustled logs and it often froze. This year, this kind gentleman brought in our very own electric fireplace to lend ambiance to our seasonal program and story time throughout the year. What a wonderful gift!

The Circulation Desk with Christmas Tree

Our Grade 6 class decorated the library. Doesn’t it look great?

The big project on the go is a wonderful collaboration cooked up between our local public librarian, Nancy Keough and me. It all started, more or less, with my not being able to work out how to offer e-books to our students. I get my own, personally through the public library system along with a plethora of other resources that aren’t available to us otherwise. Some of our students do have memberships but the majority do not. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had access to all the wonderful things they offer?

Nancy took the idea to the library board, who generously offered us a great deal on public library memberships for the entire school! All staff and students. Our administration gave the go-ahead and four local business have helped to fund it. We’re just collecting forms now and are hoping to have everything in place now.

For more about the membership project, the sponsors and a few other things around the library, see my December newsletter.

Other than that I’m finding myself with a little time to clear up my desk and check off some of those stickier tasks on my to-do list. Next week will be our last week before the break and I’ll read to library classes from my selection of Christmas favourites.


After that, it’s focus on family (and shopping and cooking and wrapping and crafting) for 2 whole weeks! I wish you all a great holiday, if that’s what you’re in for as well and if not, enjoy December wherever you are.


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Pam Sandlian Smith on What to Expect from Libraries in the 21st Century

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A Groovy Kind of Survey

Patrons take a selfie and choose a caption to explain why they are at New York’s Public Library.
See the ongoing collection of images at NYPL’s Photobooth Flickr account.

From PetaPixel via Scoop it: 21st Century Libraries.

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A Community Pitches in to Move the Library by Human Chain

The hamlet of Wildwood, Alberta moved their library in August – over 12,000 books – hand-by-hand. About half of the hamlet’s population of 250 turned up to move the books one block to their new, larger location.

Wildwood Library Move

I’m sure the advertising helped, but in a community of this size people spread the news by word-of-mouth and are used to pitching in when something needs to be done. What a great event!

News coverage and video at Global Edmonton.

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Little Free Library in Bogatá, Columbia


Part of the Paradero Para Libros Para Parques in Bogatá, Columbia. Click on the image to find out from The Bilingual Librarian how this wonderful project works.


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Fab Lab(s) and Democracy

The Fayetteville Free Library has announced the addition of a Fab Lab to their library, broadening services within the established concept of a public library’s function.

“Over the past fifty years, the manner in which we process information has changed. New technological developments have changed the way we interact with information, allowing us to become “creators” rather than just “consumers.” There are few places that currently provide community access to new, innovative creation technology like 3D printers.  These spaces, known as Fabrication Labs (fab labs), Hackerspaces, and Tech Shops, share common goals: collaboration and ‘making.’ They exist to give their specific communities the ability to ‘make’ through sharing knowledge and skills. They provide the technology necessary to make almost anything.”

This video was made in support of Lauren Britton-Smedley’s proposal to create the FFL pilot project. It describes the technology involved and its potential applications as well as its likely world-altering impact.

“The idea is that our society itself is plastic and that in a truly free society, a true democracy, each of us will be able to creatively shape the world we live in.”

“Public libraries have always been democracy engines. They are places where people go to inform themselves and inform their own lives. They are places where people learn to hack the social codes they live in.”

Update: Interesting article at the New York Times on copyright and the 3-D printer.

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