Toys’ Costume Party

Stuffed Animal CostumesIf you’re looking for a different Halloween program this year, consider a costumes for toys Maker party.

Making kid-sized costumes can be overwhelming for an adult, but making costumes for stuffed animals and action figures. . .that’s completely do-able for almost anyone!

This program is perfect for kids aging out of Trick-or-Treating, too. They have the skills to make elaborate, but tiny, costumes and the creativity to think of costume ideas. (Although, you may have to provide the stuffed animals, as they might not want to admit to owning any.)

Supplies to have on hand:

  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needles and Thread
  • Craft Foam
  • Markers
  • Stapler
  • Velcro dots
  • Pompoms
  • Paper
  • Tape and Double-sided Tape
  • Halloween Costume Books for inspiration
  • Stuffed Animals or Toys

(Idea originated with my son.)

Annoying Pop-up

Don’t panic. Just restart.

You may have witnessed or been the recipient of this type of pop-up on your library’s computers. If this occurs on a patron computer just restart the computer and Deepfreeze will clear the pop-up before anything serious happens.  If on your staff PC, give Duane or Richard a call so we can check your computer.Annoying Pop-up

There is no “Registry Failure” and the 855 or 800 number will definitely not connect you to Microsoft support.  Microsoft will never display a number to call.  This is just another example of a FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) scam to get you to call so they can try to convince you to spend money on a fake computer issue.

—  Richard


Photo Credit: Thanks to Brig C. McCoy

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2015

LloydThe Kansas State Library has updated the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers page with activities and curriculum tie-ins for Is Your Mama a Llama? 

On the website, there is a link to the Is Your Mama a Llama Pinterest board which has loads of craft ideas! And, a link to register your own Kansas Reads to Preschoolers event. (Remember, any event in November that utilizes Is Your Mama a Llama? counts as a Kansas Reads to Preschoolers event!)

Mini Maker Faire

A Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a place to show and share new things.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-Thon

Diary of a wimpy kid readingIf the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is popular at your library, check out this Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School Read-a-Thon Challenge from Amulet Books. Participants who complete the challenge are entered into a drawing for a trip for four to meet Jeff Kinney!


Teen Librarians in the Library

Many thanks to all of you who made it to yesterday’s Fall Youth Workshop. We had two great presenters and a lot of fun!

As promised, I’ve uploaded the Teen Behavior in the Library webinar to YouTube. I hope you learn as much watching it as I did making it.

As promised, Molly Wetta has posted her presentation, Beyond the Bestsellers: Building Diverse and Balanced Collections for Teens, on her website “Wrapped Up in Books” as well.


Why Public Libraries Matter

ny_library_ap_img_1There are more public libraries in America—some 9,000 central buildings and 7,500 branch locations—than McDonald’s restaurants, making them one of the most ubiquitous institutions in the nation.

Win $10,000 for Your Library’s Afterschool Program!


Does your library have after school activities for youth that focus on helping them improve academics skills like reading, writing, and critical thinking skills? You may be eligible for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.

To find out more, visit Afterschool Alliance website.

Applicants are due August 27th, so hurry!

September is Library Card time!


September is a good month to feature library card sign ups.  ALA has lots of ideas on how to make a great library card campaign here.

Your Library’s Very Own Little Free Library

If you’ve heard about the Little Free Library movement that’s springing up around the nation, you may have felt like it was competition for your own library. But, perhaps, you could think of it as a branch?

A number of libraries have created their own small libraries at locations outside the library walls, such as at the local pool or grocery store. These small collections work like the Little Free Libraries, with a take-one-leave-one honor system that allows community members to share books with one another and find something new to read even when the library is closed.

Small Circulation Library

The Lincolnwood Public Library District’s pool “library.”

Public libraries are calling these small collections anything from community book shelves to “share the love” collections and are building them out of donated books, extra copies of one-time bestsellers, and even weeded items. Since the whole process works on the honor system and requires no library cards, you can house the books anywhere, reach everyone, and earn some extra recognition for your library simply by placing a library logo somewhere on the shelf you use to store the books.

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