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August 2014, Volume 6, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Teen Blogging Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2014

SDLA Branch Out
August 7, 2014

Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2014

ALSC National Institute
September 18-20, 2014

Banned Books Week
September 21-27, 2014

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 24, 2014

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New e-resources' features made available

Why Didn't I Think of That?


LEGO Trade at Madison Public Library

poster for LEGO swap event

Wayne Madsen organizes a LEGO swap event in MadisonOn July 8, Madison Public Library Friends of the Library group hosted a LEGO Trade event. This was the second LEGO swap event at the library and was organized by Wayne Madsen, local DSU Arts professor. Participants showed up with their spare and unwanted Lego blocks and spent an hour making trades.

Madsen says he and his family are proponents of reuse programs like Freecycle. He likes the idea of trading out his unused LEGO pieces with others who could use them. He is working on developing his LEGO recycle program. This time the Friends group added a LEGO movie viewing to end the program. Madsen says these kinds of swap meets work best when a large number of participants bring large amounts of materials to trade. He would also like to see more adult participants. Swap events are a great free programming opportunity and a chance to bring together people of like interests.


Denver Public Library pedals books to patrons

Zac Laugheed of Denver Public Library (CO) took the library to the streets on his book bike, built with a grant from the library. He pedals the heavy bike to sites within a two mile radius of the main branch in downtown Denver where he checks out books and creates library accounts for citizens. He said that often, the most business he gets is not at a designated stop, but at a crosswalk or other waiting place. It has been a great awareness "vehicle" for Denver Public Library, reaching people who may not otherwise go to the library. See "Custom Library Book Bikes Roll Out Across US," American Libraries, v. 45, n. 6, June 2014, pp. 18-19 for more about this and other book bike programs.

book library on bicycle





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