The Dictator is over on The Hub (this is my second post):

A lot of gaming has become about community. Many games are built to be an experience. The boom of rhythm games, family gaming on the…

Source: All the Players are Belong to Us: Multiplayer Games in Libraries


These are booktalks I gave recently to a local Catholic school. I need to do a better job of including sources for pictures in these talks (bad librarian). I will go back through and add sources during Christmas break.



Did you become a librarian because you love books? And then you found it is so much more. The programming and community outreach part can be  exciting and inspiring. And maybe you realize that you don’t know some basic stuff … like Dewey Decimal Classification, even though it can be super helpful to customer service. Then you tell your director that the staff learning Dewey Decimal could be super helpful, and your director is like, “Sure, why don’t you present it.” Then you do and you learn a lot and it is fun. Yeah … that is what this presentation was.

10122015 Dewey Decimal Classification

October was a busy month for booktalking. Booktalks are one of the favorite aspects of my job. Also, I haven’t posted in awhile so I thought I’d provide some of my slides for my presentations.

I am not including my actual booktalks here, because I tend to enjoy talking off the cuff for a more natural feel. I could, of course, write that down, which would be helpful … but I have not.

Either way, here are some booktalks I have been presenting lately. After having some success with Gifs in booktalks at a high school last year, they have invaded. How did I ever communicate before gifs, memes, and emojis? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Bike Rodeo

November 7, 2013

Young Adult Activities

We recently held a Bike Rodeo at our library. This event was targeted at a much younger audience, but we did draw in teens for a second part, which I will discuss later.

Bike Rodeo

This was sponsored by our library and the local police department. The police department discussed safety, did bike safety checks, had an “obstacle course,” and gave out bike licenses (this keeps track of make, model, and serial number of bikes. It’s helpful if your bike is stolen). The library helped by providing space, prizes, and marketing. We also had our library mascot and Scott on a unicycle. The event was a great success.

Bike Maintenance

Bikes break. Some of us know how to fix them. Many of us don’t. We brought in a bike expert to show how to do some easy fixes. The idea was to target this at adults, but we realized it…

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Young Adult Activities

FunFetti Cake Batter Buddies

This is a fairly easy post. The tweens made this stuff over the summer and shared it with the teens. This led our Teen Advisory Board to request that we make it. It is quick and simple. And who knew that there could be variations on Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies). Not us. Anyway. We didn’t come up with it. We grabbed this idea over at Six Sisters’ Stuff. We have the ingredients and a link to directions after the jump.

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Song Pop

November 7, 2013

Young Adult Activities

Sometimes adapting popular social media games can be an easy draw for teens. Last spring a teen asked us to make a SongPop game. We did a trail run during our Summer Lock-In and made some tweaks and improvements for a bigger version this fall. If you are unfamiliar, SongPop is essentially Name that Tune. To run the game you will need something to play music from and on. You can download all the songs or you could use Spotify or Youtube (try Disco). SongPop uses categories and multiple choice, so I set up a simple Jeopardy-style Powerpoint  (Double Jeopardy) for our version of the game. After this the set-up and running of the game is pretty simple. We had two teams. Each team sent up one competitor at a time. Each competitor had a white board and marker and there was a bell on the…

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