August 2012, Volume 4, Issue 7
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Indian Ed Summit
Festival of Books
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Sept. 30 – Oct. 6
SDLA Annual Conference
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
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Why Didn't I Think of That?
Tourism and community training come together at Gregory Public Library
By Diane Althoff, Director, Gregory Public Library
With Gregory's economic reliance on tourism and visiting hunters and fishermen in mind, our library board of trustees has developed specific community outreach goals which they are working on at monthly meetings. The goals are based on the State Library's Project Compass training, a library-community partnership program sponsored by IMLS and WebJunction.
For one of our goals, we contacted all the local restaurants, including little convenience stores, and asked for copies of their menus to keep on file for tourists who come to the library and ask. For those small businesses that didn't have menus, we worked together with the owners to make up a simple menu for our files and then gave a copy to the restaurant. Then, in our entryway where we have a bulletin board dedicated to community partners, we posted a big poster of the local eateries' hours and phone numbers.
Next, we developed a library informational flyer for local lodges and motels to hand out to visitors when they check in for their stay. The motels and lodges also will receive a small poster for the front desk of the lodging which lists our library hours and phone number. We are in the process of completing this goal in July.
These are just a couple of the small things we are doing to act as a compass for local businesses and as a means of advertising our library services. We have an eager group of trustees who can see the need for a public library to be a great resource for the community it serves.
Siouxland Libraries combine bikes and books for adult programming event
By Carin Schleicher, Caille Branch Manager, Siouxland Libraries
Siouxland Libraries was approached by Downtown Sioux Falls (DTSF) to partner with them to do programming in the amphitheater at the new Downtown River Greenway. For Adult Programming, Heather Stephenson and I came up with the idea of Books &Bikes, a three-part series on Saturdays during the summer.
Librarian Carin Schleicher demonstrates the different parts of the bike as cyclist Chad Pickard explains why road bikes have such narrow seats rather than larger, cushioned seats.
The first session was a four-person panel on June 30 talking about experiences from Tour de Kota. Panelists were Carin Schleicher, Darla Frederick, Patrick Lalley from the Argus Leader, and Chad Pickard from Spoke-n-Sport. The second session was a book discussion of The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance by David V. Herlihy on July 14. During the third session on August 18, Sam Trebilcock, Transportation Planner for the City of Sioux Falls, will provide information and answer questions about the Bicycle Master Plan for the City. Those who ride their bikes to more than one event may enter a drawing for a chance to win a gift card for downtown businesses sponsored by Downtown Sioux Falls.
The first two sessions of the program drew about 20 people, but because the amphitheater is on the bike trail, we had a lot of people bicycle and walk through. We received positive comments from everyone that attended the programs so far as well as the panelists. We also purchased enough copies of the book to include it in a Book Club To Go bag so other book groups can check it out for discussion.
Although the library has done a number of outdoor programs for children, this is the first program of this type for adults. There has been talk about growing the program in the future and perhaps widening the audience to people of all ages.