Preparing for a Hackathon

I am part of an initiative team at my library that is in the process of organizing a Teen Hackathon. The topic we are focusing on is wearable technology. Teens will be able to create their own wearable technology in teams. It's an all-day event with 100 teens and 20+ volunteers. The initiative is led … Continue reading Preparing for a Hackathon

What I Checked Out in August

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica  I checked this out because it's a psychological thriller and it takes place partly in Minnesota. I liked the non-sequential writing style and the unexpected twist at the end. The audiobook is narrated by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier I checked out the … Continue reading What I Checked Out in August

Mystery Fiction Program

One of my favorite classes in graduate school was Reader's Advisory and Genre Fiction. I took it during the winter semester, so all of the coursework was crammed into five weeks. I read 4-6 books every week, and I absolutely loved it. We explored all the major genres and each genre's subgenres. I had so much … Continue reading Mystery Fiction Program

QR Codes for Online Databases

Online databases are an important part of libraries, but a lot of patrons don't know what they are or that they're even there. Databases have been intimidating in the past, with scholarly-looking homepages and complicated search engines. Now, many of these databases are becoming more user-friendly. Unfortunately, that doesn't help if users aren't getting to … Continue reading QR Codes for Online Databases

What I Checked Out in July

The Handmaid's Tale audiobook by Margaret Atwood is narrated by Claire Danes. I requested it after noticing that a patron at my library had requested it. Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator and the book is beautifully written. The Woman in the Window audiobook by A.J. Finn is narrated by Ann Marie Lee. The narration is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in July

Dear Panos Mourdoukoutas

After reading your article that was published on the Forbes website yesterday about why Amazon should replace public libraries, I have a recommendation for you. Visit your public library. If you did, you would see how much we still offer. While you're there, start a conversation with the circulation staff. Take into account though that … Continue reading Dear Panos Mourdoukoutas

Wi-Fi Hotspots

I was first introduced to hotspots in 2015 when I was working in a small rural library outside of Las Vegas, NV. The library district was working on renovating all eleven of the rural branches. Before we could renovate, the director that oversaw the rural libraries had everyone go through every crevice and throw out … Continue reading Wi-Fi Hotspots

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

"All children are really orphans. At heart, a child has nothing to do with its parents, its background, its last name, its gender, its family trade. It is a brand-new person, and it is born with the only legacy that all individuals inherit when they open their eyes in this world: the inalienable right to … Continue reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Bee-Bots

A few months ago, my branch manager approached me about building a kit that would be shared among the libraries in Washington County, Minnesota. She introduced me to these little robots called Bee-Bots. These tiny adorable machines are designed to teach computer programming to young children. It immediately reminded me of a tabletop game called Robo … Continue reading Bee-Bots