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Wednesday Guest Speakers

Posted By Lauri Steffy, Indiana Free Library, 724-465-8841, iflteens@gmail.com, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

There is very little cost. The guest speakers are donating their time so they are free. The only cost to the library is the materials for the craft.

Description

Over the past several years we have invited community members to speak during our summer reading program. The program begins with the guest speaker talking about their subject, once they are done and the kids have asked all the questions they can think of, the librarians have a craft for the children to complete either at the library or as a take home. Topics have included underwater geology, night plants, living in other countries and more.

Ask around, as your patrons might be have hidden talents and knowledge to share Start small, and only have 1-3 guest speakers over the summer. Visit local club meeting or contact club presidents to see if they know anyone that would be interested. This program could easily be adapted for adults and teens as well.

Presented during the 2012 PaLA Annual Conference in the session: No Budget? No Problem!

Tags:  Adults  Children  Civic & Social  Teens 

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What's in Your Toothpaste?

Posted By Brandi Grosso, Media-Upper Providence Free Library, medirector@delcolibraries.org, 610-566-1918, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Learn unknown facts about the marketing of typical household products and how the FDA does not regulate/safety test personal care products. What is in daily products that are sold in typical grocery stores and other retail corporations will SHOCK you – they contain known carcinogens.
It is never too late to pay attention to the world around you. Our program was presented by Angela Panusky, MS, a mother of four committed to wellness and Dr. Marie Russell, formerly with Kids First Springfield.  

www.livetotalwellness.com/angelawellness
www.enhancinglivesathome.com/marierussellmd

Tags:  Children  Health 

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Who Decides Who Lives? A Forum on Jury Service in Capital Trials

Posted By Mark Hudson, Monroeville Public Library, 412-372-0500x13, hudsonm@einetwork.net, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

An ad hoc group of legal professionals, academics and clergy volunteered to plan and present the program. The library provided the space and publicized it to the local media.

Description

This was an intensely engaging public forum that gave participants a closeup look at the internal workings of the justice system, specifically the jury selection process in death penalty cases. Members of the audiences participated in a role play showing the process in which prospective jurors are questioned about their views on the death penalty by the prosecuting and defense attorneys in a capital case. The role play was followed by a panel discussion of the legal and ethical issues involved in this process. The legal professionals, academics and clergy who planned and presented this program did an outstanding job.

Tags:  Adults  Civic & Social 

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Afterschool Homework Help

Posted By Lugene Shelly, Williamsburg Public Library, shelly@williamsburgpl.net, 814-832-3367, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public, Academic

Partnership

Alex Vlasic,Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Service & Service-Learning Office
Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA 16652
W: 814-641-3364

Description

Students from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA visit the library one afternoon a week to help high school students with their homework. Assistance is provided on a drop-in basis, no appointment necessary. Students and tutors have access to all library resources, including the computer lab and wi-fi, as well as the Power Library databases. The library works with the college's Community Service office to find college students who are willing to act as tutors. The tutors receive community service credit for their participation in the program.

Tags:  Basic  Children  Information  Teens 

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Wise Walk

Posted By Charity Leonette, Allegheny County Library Association, 412-921-1123 ext. 304, leonettec@einetwork.n, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

This program is a collaboration between ACLA, AARP & Highmark PALS (People Able to Lend Support) Program. Wise Walk is based on the success of the national AARP walking groups and Highmark highrise walking groups. These program sponsors defray library costs through in-kind contributions and bulk purchasing. Libraries extending their Wise Walk beyond the 10 weeks receive replenished supplies and are invited to participate in future spring and fall sessions.

At a local level, hosting libraries have worked with numerous community partners including a nature reserve for a free guided walking tour, a local natural food store for a free tour with healthy snacks included, a local environmental and health author, a local doctor, a yoga instructor, a nutritionist and other health professionals for programming related to healthy aging.

Description

The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) in partnership with AARP, the Highmark PALS (People Able to Lend Support) Program and hosting libraries invite adults age 50 to participate in a Wise Walk, a free 10-week walking program. First time participants receive a pedometer, walking guide and a t-shirt. The walkers make weekly visits to their library to walk, report their steps, discover resources and enjoy a healthy snack.

All of the Wise Walk programs are self paced – with participating libraries offering the opportunity for groups to meet at their local library and walk together at least once a week. The program grows each year and in 2010, 32 libraries participated in the Wise Walk program. Participants walked over 215 million steps totally more than 100,000 miles. (This means Wise Walk participants traveled the circumference of the earth more than four times!)

Not only is this great exercise, but walkers have the opportunity to socialize with others while getting or staying healthy. Wise Walkers report that they appreciate the helpful information provided, like warm up and cool down exercises, tracking steps and number of miles walked, proper walking techniques and the benefits of walking, as well as nutrition information.

Some libraries have also made intergenerational connections for the Wise Walk. One library took the opportunity to invite local teens to join the Wise Walk and extended the program past the 10 weeks to give the group more time to walk together. This same group had three generations of walkers including a mother, daughter and grandchildren. Other Wise Walks have included a homeschool family, mother-daughter teams, an adult with disabilities and her caregiver.

Recipient of AARP 2009 Pennsylvania Library Services to Older Adults Award and an Association of Pennsylvania Public Library Systems Best Practice Award

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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Women’s Health Issues, Presented by - Charlotte Ames of WTAJ-TV’s Healthcast

Posted By Paula Collins, Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library, (814) 765-3271, pcollins@clearfield.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

Clearfield Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Description

This event offers the women of the Clearfield community an opportunity to enhance their health literacy, one of the five literacies promoted by the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative, by attending an enlightening program by a prominent and esteemed leader of the area

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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Words-on-Wheels

Posted By Russell Rush, Coordinator, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 610-278-5100 ext 5, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

 It is not an inexpensive program.

Description

Words-on-Wheels (WOW) is a mobile library that travels to 55 + older adult communities (housing developments, assisted living facilities, senior day cares, etc.) throughout the county. It gives residents of these communities access to a wide range of library materials, and is stocked with approximately 2,000 items with the emphasis on subject, genre, and format (large print, audiobooks, etc.) that is most appealing to its audience. Additionally, patrons may borrow any item in the library system’s circulating collection by special request, and it is estimated that patron requests account for 50 percent of the circulation.

The essence of the program is that WOW is a boutique library. In addition to convenience, it’s a place where “everyone knows your name”, and the staff is keenly attuned to the patrons’ tastes and reading interests. As one regular patron said to a newcomer, “They treat us all like we’re kings and queens.” This really is our goal.

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World Sounds at Noon

Posted By Kristina Yezdimer, Schlow Centre Region Library , kyezdimer@schlowlibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

The library partners with Global Communications, an organization that helps Penn State students and families adjust to living in our area.

Description

This is a four- to six- week program that highlights different countries and their music. The performers are mostly local residents who have joined with other residents from their home country to create a group that shares and celebrates their culture with the patrons of the library.

Recipient of the 2007 Marietta Y. King and Alberta Walden Still Award presented by the Library Services for Older Adults Task Force for programming for diversity

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Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Posted By Anita Ditz, Schlow Centre Region Library, anita@schlowlibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

The Friends of Schlow Library provide funding for binding books and the award ceremony.

Description

Centre County children in grades 1-6 to share their creativity with others in the community. Winners are selected in four categories: grades 1/2, grades 3/4, grades 5/6, and past winners. The winning books are bound & become a permanent part of the Children's Department collection. Winners are honored at a special ceremony.

Tags:  Basic  Children 

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Young Authors Writing Contest

Posted By Harriet Moyer, Montgomery House Library, 570-538-1381, harriet@montgomeryhouselibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Type

Public, School

Cost and Funding

$50, mainly for refreshments at Writer's Gala, Staff time for contacts and printing of posters.

Partnership

YA authors Jade Heasley & Beth Fantaskey provided prizes.
Dorrance Publishing Co. provided a $50 gift certificate as a prize.
Warrior Run School District helped promote the contest, and Standard-Journal Newspapers published the winning stories in the newspaper.

Description

We offered kids in grades 5-12 the opportunity to write a short story in one of four categories: Humor, Romance, Horror/Spooky, or Mystery/Suspense. They were separated in to 2 age levels of 5-8 and 9-12 grades. The younger age level was required to write a story between 350 - 500 words. The older group needed to write a story between 800 - 1000 words.

The school district displayed posters and made announcements over the loud speaker. The English teachers offered extra credit for students participating in the contest. A news article was sent to 5 area newspapers and was printed in the Standard-Journal Extra (a free weekly).

We offered local authors and PA publishing companies the opportunity to participate by providing prizes and presenting the awards at our Writer's Gala where the winners are to be announced and all of the writers recognized. We used PA Forward Basic Literacy as the foundation for having the story contest. By focusing on improving communication skills in today's youth as part of their basic literacy education, we were able to receive a very positive response to our requests.

The published authors were more than happy to be part of the event and sponsored 2 prizes each - a personalized copy of one of their books and a $25 Savings Bond. Dorrance Publishing Co. was very supportive and provided a $50 Gift Certificate for use on their online bookstore. Dorrance also supplied a folder of publishing information in case the winner would like to submit their story or future stories for publication.

The Standard-Journal newspaper were given the opportunity to provide booklets of all stories submitted. However, since we would only need about 15 copies made to present to each author and keep in our library, they suggested they print the stories in their newspaper and provide copies of that instead.

Our Writer's Gala was planned for about 5 weeks after the initial publicity was started and 10 days after the submission deadline. This gave us time to receive all stories, read them, judge them, and get them to the printers to have the booklet created. We invited the public to attend as well as the authors, their families & friends, and news reporters.

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