Successful School Partnerships with Dunedin Public Library

“We’re better together”, has often been said but definitely realized after learning the many ways the Dunedin Public Library partners with their local schools to build community and enrich the lives of their families paving the way to greater student success and achievement.   By serving on school committees, participating in school events and offering school orientations and outreach programs throughout the year, the Dunedin Public Library keeps their school partnerships strong and productive.    In addition to participating in nationally recognized programs like Dr. Seuss’s Read Across America and Great American Teach-In, Youth Services Librarian, Olivia Wilson shares their library initiates and participates in school events throughout the year like the annual walk-to-school event, showcase of schools event and essay contest.  Fun, interactive tours and orientations are offered throughout the year to make sure each parent and child can feel excited and comfortable with the wide array of resources and services the library provides. To stay informed of the latest school events and promotions, staff of the Dunedin Public Library use Peachjar, a digital flyer distribution service offered to libraries at no charge.   For library staff making frequent school visits, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe recommends having a Level 2 Fingerprinting photo badge to help save check-in time and organizing a consistent schedule to plan staff time. A positive initiative to help improve student and school performance emphasizing leadership development is PASS (Partnership to Advance School Success).  With PASS, the Dunedin Public Library has partnered with Dunedin Elementary to provide mentors and volunteers  expanding resources and inspiring positive change.    With their dedicated Teen Volunteer Coordinator, Katherine Kastanis, the...

Pinellas Park Library shares tips on Twitter!

Want to learn how to use Twitter to connect with your library community?  Learn how the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library of Pinellas Park makes effective use of Twitter to interact and engage with their community.  Big thanks to Dave McMurrin for sharing! Follow this link to access helpful tips and advice: BSPLibrary Twitter...

A Tribute to Summer Reading

Now that summer reading has come to an end, take a few moments to reflect on what you have accomplished.  Think about the many families who have benefitted from your programs and services.  Don’t forget the thousands of children (and parents) who are school-ready thanks to their libraries for preventing summer slump by offering positive outlets to keep children active, thinking and engaged. Studies show on average, elementary students lose about a month’s worth of progress over the summer which can over time, add up to bigger deficiencies that can impact their teenage years, making it difficult to get a job and be productive as an adult.  The cool thing is while children are having fun at the library, they don’t even realize they are exercising their reading stamina and building essential literacy skills that will help them thrive in school and in life. While attending one of your programs, I had a mother share she was so happy to have a place she and her family could have fun together that got them out of the house, meeting people and didn’t involve sitting in front of the television.  It extends beyond just reading, providing an outlet to get creative through maker and cultural art programs while inspiring innovation through robotics, coding and electrical engineering programs.  Healthy lifestyle choices have been adopted by attending an exercise or gardening class, cooking programs and water conservation programs.  Enrichment and know-how have been gained through business and entrepreneur workshops, computer classes and genealogy programs. While this serves as just a summary of the many ways our libraries have served their communities this...

Want to Promote Library Database Services? – Use Business Community Speak!

Thanks to Andrew Breidenbaugh and Laura Doyle from Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative for sharing the following… “Learn about your customers before you set up shop” – DemographicsNow “Boost your marketing power”, “lead generator”, “consumer research tool” – ReferenceUSA “Stay on top of the latest industry trends minus the subscription fees” – Zinio “Business information in on-the-go formats–perfect for your commute” – eBooks and eAudiobooks “Professional development”, “continuing education”, “current and expert level tutorials” – Lynda.com “Competitive intelligence”, “Business intelligence” – for industry and company information And while you’re reaching out to the business and entrepreneur communities, describe the library with… “Connect and co-work in collaborative spaces” “Professional, convenient meeting spaces without the café noise or obligation to make a purchase” “Collaborative spaces and equipment” They have also tweaked programs to fit a business audience, i.e. Intro to 3D Printing for Business, Photoshop Business Basics, Grant Availability for Small Business! Want to know more?  Visit the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative’s website and link to Business & Entrepreneur...

Two positions available at TBLC

TBLC is looking for Special Projects Coordinator to manage Ask a Librarian and coordinate some of our continuing education events.  We are also looking for a Member Services Coordinator to manage communications, outreach and social media.  Go to Florida Library Jobs for the full position descriptions. Member Services Coordinator position description Special Projects Coordinator position...