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My Library Is ... Story Walk Encourages Family Time, Reading, & Exercise

From the My Library Is ... Blog: My Library Is part of a group of small libraries in rural west central Illinois that has been focusing on Early Childhood Literacy with the support of the Tracy Family Foundation. Prior to March 2020 most of the participating libraries had expanded our programming...
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My Library Is ... The Virtual (and Physical) Heart of the School

From the My Library Is ... Blog: As March marches in, I can't help but think where I was a year ago--give or take a week. As I reflect upon the bustling school library I left, and the one I am currently in, I have to work hard to conjure up what was. Pandemically speaking, I (and dare I say many of...
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My Library Is ... The World Expands While It Contracts

From the My Library Is ... Blog: At the end of 2020, Hudson Area Public Library District found a hopeful and fun fact while reviewing patron statistics. Out of 977 active patron cards, 955 of those cards had been used in the prior six months. While their world was closing in, patrons – almost all...
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My Library Is ... Encouraging the Creative Spirit

From the My Library Is ... Blog: We are all born with an innate creative spirit. As humans, we have the instinctive drive to create, and as someone who works in early literacy and with young children, my job is to nurture that creative spirit in our youngest library patrons. When I plan programs,...
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My Library Is ... Princeton Public Library's New Year’s Eve Non-Event

From the My Library Is ... Blog: The staff at the Princeton Public Library held a New Year's Eve Non-event fundraiser this past December. We thought it would be an apropos way to bring a laugh to the community and say goodbye to 2020. A non-event stresses the benefit of staying home over the...
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My Library Is ... Quincy's Funding Success Story in Recent Sparks Podcast

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Representatives from Quincy Public Library (QPL) recently sat down and Zoomed in for a RAILS Sparks podcast to discuss their successful marketing campaign to stave off library budget cuts. Read full post at: https://www.mylibraryis.org/blog/quincys-funding-success-...
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My Library Is ... An Invitation to Share Your Story

From the My Library Is ... Blog: No matter what your position is within your organization, sooner or later, you are going to be approached to write something. It may be a description for an upcoming program, a press release, a grant proposal, or something as simple as an email to a patron or...
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My Library Is ... Pins & Needles Group Stitches Poplar Creek Community Together

From the My Library Is ... Blog: At first, I thought our knitting and crochet group, Pins & Needles, was just group of good friends who liked to get together, knit and chat. It turns out that that's not all the ladies come for and it's not even their only goal. Read full post at: https://www...
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My Library Is ... My Library Is…. Creating Enthusiastic Fans

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Amid the chaos and stress of the past year, my library has found a way to establish personal relationships with patrons and create an enthusiastic fandom—and boost collection use at the same time. Read full post at: https://www.mylibraryis.org/blog/my-library-%E2%80...
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My Library Is ... Tapping Into the Creativity with Adult Craft Kits

From the My Library Is ... Blog: When I arrived at Warrenville Public Library back in 2018, I wanted to explore the benefits of active engagement and library outreach via creative programming and art. We already had a very popular and highly anticipated arts programs series for kids. Time and time...

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