Posted on September 11, 2019 at 1:01 PM by Brian Herder
Roman philosopher Cicero once remarked that “if you have a garden and
a library, you have everything you need.” Today, libraries nationwide
are beginning to incorporate gardens into their public services.
Libraries in the southwestern US, for instance, are creating
drought-tolerant gardens as neighborhood demonstration projects, while
elsewhere gardens are being used to promote community engagement and
even STEM learning. Citing examples of library gardens around the world
that are thriving, this first-ever book on the subject not only
demonstrates the many benefits of library gardens but also provides a
complete overview of issues applicable to all library types and
geographical environments. Featuring a full-color photo insert
showcasing several beautiful library gardens, among the topics covered
in the book are
Readers will not only be inspired to create and nurture their
own library gardens and programs, they will receive practical advice on
how to proceed and sustain them.
Mindfulness not only offers the possibility of a healthy life/career balance for librarians themselves, but in challenging times of rapid social change and uncertainty, it also represents a powerful way to build community resilience. In fact, mindfulness experiences can be structured to nurture the kind of civic engagement and discourse essential for library support. This collection explores a wide range of approaches that demonstrate how librarians have integrated mindfulness into their teaching, collections, services, programming, spaces, partnerships, and professional development. An inspirational idea generator for library administrators, marketers, and outreach staff, in this book the contributors delve into such mindful activities as
As more librarians commit to individual and sustained reflection and practices in their own lives, those approaches can expand to include the communities they serve. This collection offers more than a dozen in-depth examples of mindfulness in action.
Is your book club feeling stale or uninspired? Has attendance dropped, or are you struggling to keep your patrons engaged? What you need is a reboot. This resource published in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office profiles dozens of successful book clubs across the country. Its diverse cross-section of ideas will inspire you to rethink your reading groups and try out new ways to better meet your library’s and community’s needs. Drawn from responses collected through social media, electronic mailing lists, e-newsletters, websites, as well as the authors’ own research, this book
You’ll find the keys to creating a book club your community will love among the abundance of ideas offered in this book.