The most depressing thing about running a library summer reading program is how many people are like. VERY suspicious about the idea of getting free stuff and going to free programs.


Ok but for real–

Here is my thought on occasional super-sized programs at the Library.

Either we have them and risk turning people away, or we don’t get to have the programs. Like, it is unrealistic to go offsite every time we have a potentially popular program. We like bringing people into our building. And the vast majority of the time, we get just about the right number of people. 

Do we sometimes have to turn people away? Yep. I don’t like to do it, and we do our best to accommodate them (we set up overflow chairs outside the room when we can), but it’s a reality of limited space. And that’s how we get to do these popular programs. That’s the risk. Either we take the risk, or we just don’t get them. And I’ll take the risk.

(yes, registration is an option, but we’ve found that we get poor return rates and end up with a lot of empty chairs. that’s not fair, either. So we save registration for programs that are limited for a particular reason– the presenter requires it, limited equipment, etc., and just run the risk for lectures and presentations that can fill the room.)

Tips To Make Your College Experience Cheaper

Textbook websites

  • List of websites where you can find free ebooks, specified by subject.
  • (to compare textbook prices)
  • (price comparison)
  • (offers textbook editions, like unbound ones, that are cheaper than retailers)
  • (shipping is free, as well as the shipping back to the warehouse)
  • (free e-books)
  • (searching shows the lowest price for a book)
  • (find the highest buy back site for a book)
  • (Good for English majors, discounted books shipped around the world)
  • (free digital copies of books)
  • HERE is a huge list of textbook PDFs.

Textbook tips

  • ALWAYS check to see if textbook websites have online coupons. Check outside websites like but also sign up for their email listing. They often send you a coupon for just signing up and will continually send you other coupon deals.
  • Amazon has good deals on books sometimes and they offer college students temporary free membership. Here’s a link explaining some of the details.
  • Amazon and other retailers, like Barnes and Noble also offer textbook rental. You get the book for a certain amount of time (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, etc., then mail it back to them.) Much cheaper than buying.
  • Some professors put textbooks on reserve in the library so you can check them out for an hour or two instead of actually buying them.
  • If your class textbooks are at the library and you need them for longer than allowed, you can always photocopy them.
  • Look for Facebook pages/groups with your school name and year, people are always posting online to get rid of their textbooks.
  • If your books are older/literature type books they are often available as e-books for free or easy to find at used bookstore or thrift stores.
  • Ask your professor after hours if you can borrow and make copies of the class textbook.
  • Many colleges use the Link+ library sharing program or something similar. If the textbook you need isn’t offered in the library, another school within the program can deliver the book for free. Ask you school’s librarians about it.
  • If you have a class that requires a “reader,” which is just a bunch of articles, you can usually find them at the school library or online.
  • Keep your textbooks in the best condition possible, so they sell for higher when you no longer need them.
  • If you can access your class list and the emails of your classmates early, ask if anyone would like to share a textbook. Split the price and share it or just ask to copy the chapters needed.

General tips

  • If you get financial aid, set it up to deposit into your own checking account because FAFSA ATMs are frustrating.
  • Check out the dollar stores for some college supplies. They have pens, notebooks, planners, etc.
  • Find upperclassmen who are moving out of their dorms/apartments, they often sell/give away items they are no longer going to be using.
  • Find out if your department offers free printing to undergrads. If yours doesn’t, find a friend whose department does.
  • Pretty much every school offers a MS Office license to students for free. It may not be well advertised but make sure to find out before paying for the programs on your own.
  • Bulk supply stores are usually cheaper.
  • Use your phone’s planner and alerts for assignments.
  • If you need energy boosts, it’s definitely cheaper to brew your own coffee and tea, then use a travel mug. But if you need to go to places like Starbucks, sign up for the Starbucks card so you can get free refills on certain items and get discounts for members only.
  • Find out what free courses your school offers and go to them instead of paying for a tutor.
  • At many universities there are conferences and talks almost daily, which often offer free lunches and dinners.
  • Some colleges offer free cab services so make sure to look into that.
  • Most school health care places give out free condoms and they are often given out at events too.
  • Besides math, older editions of textbooks are usually just fine and much cheaper.
  • Thrift stores are great if you need items for your dorm or apartment, they have appliances and offer testing areas in a section of the store.
  • Specific to Seattle: There’s a place called Seattle ReCreative and you can get school supplies for extremely cheap.
  • Check when stores offer back to school sales and get supplies then for cheaper than usual.
  • Get your syllabus as soon as possible so you can photocopy all the needed pages in textbooks.
  • Look for websites that offer similar information in the textbook, sometimes it’s explained better online, gives examples, or just generally better worded.
  • Buy school supplies during tax-free weekend.
  • Apply for as many local scholarships as possible and do it every year in college, not just freshman year.
  • Ask absolutely every place you go if they offer student discounts. Many places don’t advertise this, but will offer some kind of discount if you show your student ID.
  • Find out if your school has assistance options for lower income students.
  • HERE is a list of food budget tips, recipes, and websites to help.
  • Some classes have extra fees for whatever reason, for example they will charge more if certain equipment will be used. If it’s not a course you need, sometimes it’s better to find cheaper elective classes.
  • Consider community college to save money, and then transfer to a 4 year school. Or attend community college classes during the summer but make sure to always check if the credits transfer.
  • If you need to use a credit card, try to get on with cash back rewards. Also check which banks offer perks for students, like free checking or a no-free policy for low minimum balances.
  • Check out your college newspaper and signs around campus. You will often find information about free events or find coupons with discounts on near by businesses.
  • School supplies that don’t sell at stores like Walmart and Target are extremely discounted during the last week of August.
  • Always check if stores price check.
library programming

I’ve been planning a multicultural program named “Around the World in 8 Days” where each day is assigned a geographical region (ex: Central America & the Caribbean) and has themed activities and book displays.

Anyway it feels like it’s finally coming together after weeks of seeming like it’d wouldn’t even make it past the conceptual phase. Like I actually have performers booked and people willing to help/volunteer!

 I’m really starting to get excited about it.

20 years ago, J.K. Rowling sent the world its Hogwarts letter. Since then, Wizard activists have built libraries, saved arts programs, fought for change, and even changed chocolate to be more magical all around the world.

We are incredibly grateful to JKR for creating an unforgettable magical world, and we’re even more grateful to you - the people who have filled that world with creativity and passion and silliness and love. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home, so celebrate with us today - at HPA meetings, wizard rock shows, conventions, libraries, bookstores, and even right here on the internet - in all the magical places you call home ❤️⚡️

darkwingatlarge  asked:

How does one get a library job without a graduate degree? Is there any sort of jobs board specifically for library jobs? How does one get into a library sciences PhD program with no prior relevant experience or coursework?

Thank you for asking! I love questions! Here we go.

First, just to put it out there, you don’t need a graduate degree to get a job in a library. I worked as a page and library assistant in public libraries without a degree. Our library system’s cataloger and branch managers didn’t have grad degrees. If you want a “librarian” position (with the official title and everything), you do need a MLIS or MLS. Especially in academic and public libraries. If you’re interested in school libraries, it gets a little confusing. Ultimately, it varies depending on state and school district. Here in Utah, school districts only require that middle and high school librarians (not primary or elementary) have a library media endorsement and teacher certification. Most have a Masters in Education as well. Side note: There’s a bit of hmm… contention in the library world over whether or not an MLIS is truly necessary for a librarian position. I believe it is, but I may be in the minority. Fun discussion topic!

Second, there are many different ways to find library jobs even without a degree! Once again, it really depends on the type of library job you want and your preferred location. When I worked as a public librarian in Georgia, I would check out our state’s library job board and some regional ones. List-servs can also be helpful! State and regional library associations, ALA divisions, smaller library associations, etc. all have list-servs where members share job postings. New Members Round Table’s NMRT-L is a really good one to check out. But sometimes you have to be a member of the association or division to get access. ALA also has a decent job board. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Vitae is good if you’re looking to work in academic libraries. I Need a Library Job is another wonderful resource. LibGig provides an aggregation of library postings. There are definitely resources out there.

Finally, getting into a PhD program without an MLIS/MLS can be done, but it’s more work. In the School of Information at FSU where I got my PhD, they prefer that you have a MLIS, but it isn’t required. Instead, you would need to take additional coursework to bulk up your knowledge (basically get a MLIS while working on a PhD. I had a friend do this.). Obviously, this extends how long it will take you to complete the doctoral program. Other schools may just require you to take additional relevant courses but not complete another degree. Depends!

Disclaimer: I always tell people this if they are considering a PhD. There are maybe two reasons (top!) to get a PhD and so so many more not to. It’s a cruel, time consuming, and sometimes unbearable task to take on. Carefully think about why you want to get a PhD and what your end goals for it are. If you are in school, ask faculty members about the process and lifestyle. If possible, find a doctoral student for insight. You can usually find at least one huddled in a coffee shop at 9pm on a Friday quietly sobbing over a dissertation that will JUST NOT END and is slowly but surely destroying all of her mental functioning (Definitely wasn’t me.)

Anyway, wayyyyy more info than you wanted, but I hope some of it helps! Again, thank you for asking!

Join Our Pirate Crew!

Just wanted to show something I’m putting together for a program at my library, because I figured my tumblarians would like it. I’m doing a program where I teach kids pirate skills, like knot tying and designing a pirate flag. When they come in, they are each going to get a historical pirate card to take home. I will fully admit that the pictures I am using are just ones I got off Google and the template is from Arkham Horror, but I figured since I’m just using it for the program and nothing else, I would show how cool they turned out.

anonymous asked:

How did you do the background pattern for the drawing with Dan in the overalls?

I made it a new layer and used the material library in the program Medibang Paint Pro! 


Updated 6/21/2017

Soulmate AU


Would Includes


Headcanon Memes

Valentine’s Day Special: Love Languages

All the Write Words (Library AU!Vladimir Ranskahov x Reader)

After his most recent stint in jail, Vladimir is condemned to a library-focused rehabilitation program by his brother. The problems? 1) Vladimir does not like being ordered around; 2) He especially does not like being ordered around by some tiny, smiley, poof-haired chick; 3) Vladimir can barely read or write in English!
'Are you a boy or a girl'? Drag Queen Story Hour riles the right, but delights kids
Across the country drag queens are reading stories, and teaching tolerance, to kids – but the events have come under fire from some conservatives
By Erin McCormick

From The Guardian:

“It was the Drag Queen Story Hour at the San Francisco public library and six-year-old James Mendenhall intended to get right to the bottom of things.

“Are you a boy or a girl?” he asked the 6ft 2in story reader, who was wearing a maroon satin gown, a hot pink frock, silver high-heeled pumps and false eyelashes. The drag queen, who goes by the name Honey Mahogany, leaned her delicately-braided blond wig towards him and paused for effect.

“Well, I guess I was born a boy,” she replied. “But I like to dress like a girl. It’s for fun.”

For the 175 or so children and parents who turned out for the event last weekend at San Francisco’s main library, the program – which also runs regularly at libraries in New York City and sporadically in bookstores and classrooms around the country – offers a mix of gay pride and kid-friendly entertainment.”

I am sure some will see this as another devaluation of transgender people. It is not. The trans umbrella is wide, and also includes drag queens who may or may not be on their way to transitioning. For kids it is important to see that it is OK to explore gender roles and gender expressions, regardless of how you identify.

barbara joining dick on his trip out to chicago, telling him that the least she can do is help him move into his new apartment, even if she can’t commit to moving to chicago permanently.

dick and barbara playing obnoxious car trip games, dick singing along to call me maybe and barbara pretending to be annoyed at first, and then eventually joining in

barbara meeting his new roommates, “are you his girlfriend? are you moving in too?” “no, i’m just staying the weekend to help dick move in” barbara never actually answers that first question.

the weekend comes and goes, and barbara still hasn’t left. “i can’t leave – you’re not all the way moved in yet. you still have that box unpacked with your underwear, boy wonder”

barbara patching up dick, quietly admitting to him that she doesn’t think she can be batgirl anymore, not after what happened with her brother. dick squeezing her hand, telling her that he’s going to be there to help her through this.

in the meantime, she helps him with tracking down tony zucco. she becomes the voice inside his ear, helping him navigate the streets of chicago and uses her dad’s connections to find out information pertinent to his investigation. 

this used to be her home too, before her parents died. 

“i’ve missed the feeling of you inside me, o.”

eventually, she does need to leave. she has too many loose ends to tie up in gotham. dick is under the impression that she’s not coming back. barbara gives him a lingering kiss on his temple and slides him an envelope before she boards her flight.

it’s her admission to the university of chicago’s doctorate of library science program.

“i’ll always come back to you, dick.”

and she does.


This past weekend LJS Reviews Director Kiera Parrott attended the GonzoFest at the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky. The festival, in its seventh year, celebrates the life, legacy, and literature of Hunter S. Thompson, who was a Louisville native. This year marks the first time that the festival was sponsored and held at the library—a natural home for the event, as Thompson’s mother was a librarian there for many years. The event featured a mix of live music, arts and crafts, local food vendors, cosplay (Kiera spotted many young men dressed up at Raoul Duke, the protagonist from Thompson’s novel and the cult classic film starring Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), spoken word performances, and panel discussions. Keira participated on a panel about the first amendment, the role of journalism in the era of “fake news,” and the importance of media literacy.

 Photos courtesy of the Louisville Free Public Library.

Top 5 myths about National Library Legislative Day

Originally published by American Libraries in Cognotes during ALA Midwinter 2017.

  1. Only librarians can attend.
    This event is open to the public and anyone who loves libraries – students, business owners, stay-at-home moms, just plain library enthusiasts – has a story to tell. Those firsthand stories are critical to conveying to members of Congress and their staffs just how important libraries are to their constituents.
  2. Only policy and legislative experts should attend.
    While some attendees have been following library legislative issues for many years, many are first time advocates. We provide a full day of training to ensure that participants have the most up-to-date information and can go into their meetings on Capitol Hill fully prepared to answer questions and convey key talking points.
  3. I’m not allowed to lobby.
    The IRS has developed guidelines so that nonprofit groups and private citizens can advocate legally. Even if you are a government appointee, there are ways you can advocate on issues important to libraries and help educate elected officials about the important work libraries do.
    Still concerned? The National Council of Nonprofits has resources to help you.
  4. My voice won’t make a difference.
    From confirming the new Librarian of Congress in 2016 to limiting mass surveillance under the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015 to securing billions in federal support for library programs over many decades, your voice combined with other dedicated library advocates’ has time and again defended the rights of the people we serve and moved our elected officials to take positive action. This can’t be done without you!
  5. I can’t participate if I don’t go to D.C.
    Although having advocates in D.C. to personally visit every Congressional office is hugely beneficial – and is itself a powerful testimony to librarian’s commitment to their communities –  you can participate from home. During Virtual Library Legislative Day you can help effectively double the impact of National Library Legislative Day by calling, emailing or tweeting Members of Congress using the same talking points carried by onsite NLLD participants.