Jessica Block, Ames Free Library
As libraries reintroduce themselves to their communities, how can we keep patrons engaged with all that we have to offer?
From January through March 2022, the Ames Free Library offered patrons of all ages the chance to participate in a Winter BINGO game through the READsquared platform. Over 70% of registered adults actively participated in the game that featured prompts for reading and exploring a variety of library resources. Feedback from participants following the program showed increased knowledge of library services and a desire to use the library more often. Our presentation will show how to plan and implement a scalable and transferable (READsquared or similar online platforms are not required!) BINGO program that provides a fun and interactive way for patrons to engage with or learn about the library.
Laurie Lessner, SAILS
Now that you aren't seeing your patron's charge history, balancing privacy and reader's advisory has gotten more difficult. Two methods, using existing tools, will be demonstrated to show how to customize reading lists for your patrons who want the extra guidance, while maintaining the privacy of those who may not.
Kate Hibbert & Pammie Greggerson, Seekonk Public Library
This presentation focuses on the efficiency of using mobile circulation technology, and how it removes obstacles, increases efficiency, and creates opportunities for optimal customer satisfaction.
Rose Mamakos, Bridgewater Public Library
This is a program that runs all year long that promotes giving to your local charities. We have donation drives that change monthly. A new organization every month. It draws your community together while helping those in need. We would explain what has worked for our library and community and how we get the word out. This would be presented by Jenny Bailey and myself. I will present on the details of the project and Jenny would discuss the advertising aspect.
Courtney Allen, Norfolk Public Library
The Norfolk Public Library recently underwent a large project to recategorize picturebooks and children's non-fiction to facilitate browsing for our youngest patrons
Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to host large outdoor events and promote your Library? Does your town have beautiful parks, playgrounds, or a common? This presentation will explore the logistics of outdoor programming from getting to know your host; to parking, trash, and electricity; to working with other town departments. Slides will include photos from the 2021 Summer Reading Program at the Boyden Library, such as the Teddy Bear Picnic, Police and Fire Storytimes, and hiking and crafts at the Lane Property conservation site.
Taylor and Kayla will show attendees their experiences of running the teen Magic: The Gathering program at the Fall River Public Library. We would like a table before our presentation to give attendees cards and show them the game.
Taylor Silva and Kayla Lantos
We had kids come in and adopt a stuffed puppy to read to. We had activities to go along with the adoption: play center with vet clinic and bath, storytime, a walk around the library. At the end, kids received a prize and a certificate of completion.
Diane White & Lisa Kelly, Somerset Public Library
Sarah Ward, Norfolk Public Library
Chelsea Fernandes, SAILS Library Network