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Join the Library in its Fight Against Suicide

Posted By Michelle Muro, Adult Services Librarian, Valley Community Library, mmuro@albright.org , Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Library Type


Public


Cost and Funding


Free


Partnership


Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation


Description


The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation held a presentation at the Valley Community Library discussing topics such as depression, stress, anxiety, bullying, eating disorders, self-esteem, self-harm, teaching coping skills, positive mind-set, etc. Patrons obtained resources and learned the next steps to find the assistance they or a loved one might need. This educational presentation took place on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Gino Merli Room of the Valley Community Library in observance of National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11, 2016). This was all a part of the Valley Community Library’s efforts to promote Pennsylvania Forward’s five literacies. This program promoted Health Literacy.  

Tags:  Adults  Health  Teens 

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C.U.B.S. (Connecting U Before School)

Posted By Ellen Helfrick, Branch Manager, Collinsville Library, 717-927-9014, ehelfrick@yorklibraries.org, Monday, August 1, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Only normal promotion cost - such as copy costs for the flyer and in-house signs on the library side. Some supply cost

Partnership

Local Elementary School Reading Specialist. principal and staff

Description

Partnership between school and library in between Baby Time (B to 3 years) and Pre-school Story Time (3 to 6 years) in order to establish a stronger connection with incoming pre-school aged children and their families to assist with the transition into kindergarten. Initially we anticipated the 10:30 session arriving early for the 10:00 C.U.B.S. session and that happened but the Baby Time group was just as eager to stay after their 9:30 session and join in. Our second Wednesday mornings were always busy but it was a good fun busy with extra smiles. Title 1 team met to share ideas regarding once a month visits and the skills addressed at each. Dates were selected, flyer to promote created and distributed. Session 1 - introduce Reading Specialist and C.U.B.S. program and get a pre-program survey completed. Each session talked about a different skill, what activities parents and grandparents can do at home to help build the skills, included parent take-home info and a craft to do at the library. Often free supplies or goodies were included (glue stick, scissor, crayon, etc. by the school for the children) and sometimes snack as well. Teachers were recruited (the fought over coming) and assigned a month. Having different grades represented each month was good. An end of program survey was handed out at the last month's session. Parental interaction with teachers increased each month and many conversations took place with resources shared and suggestions made. Our homeschooled families really valued the take-home information. The school team focused on the following topics: Literacy Skills – reading aloud, listening to stories, book handling. Fine motor skills – using tools like glue, scissors, crayons. Math skills – colors, shapes, patterns, coins. Literacy skills – letters, sounds, rhymes. Fine motor Skills – puzzles, manipulating small objects. Math Skills – numbers, number recognition, counting, writing. Social / Emotional – making friends, literacy, math. The team knew what our theme or stories were in advance and tied in with that. You could really see the growth as a group – it was so successful that our May session was just a C.U.B.S. ‘party’ with stations and all kinds of fun learning happening! The Principal was very involved and the Reading Specialist drove the partnership. All three partners considered it a hit (school, library and families) and we already have dates in place for year two. The adults often did not know what was expected of their child upon the start of kindergarten. Finding out what they were already doing was good but that they could build upon it was even better. I learned a lot and even though the concepts the school focused on were already interwoven in my sessions, hearing it from the ‘experts’ at the school was very powerful for both parents and grandparents alike. This partnership shows the library families that we are part of their child’s early education and that we want to entertain along with creating of love of books while we prepare them for school.

Tags:  Basic  Children 

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Summer Reading Program

Posted By Elizabeth Kreisler, Library Director, Mansfield Free Public Library, 570-662-3850, mfpl@epix.net , Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Library Type

Public

Description

Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as Mansfield Free Public Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” during their summer library program. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, birth through thirteen years old, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program for those birth to four years old. All programs are free of charge and of all abilities.

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Tags:  Basic  Children  Health  Teens 

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Essential Oils

Posted By Karen Troup, Monroeton Public Library, 570-265-2871, monroetonlibrary@comcast.net , Thursday, May 19, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

There is no cost for attending this program.

Description

Bonnie Stoudt, a previous library presenter, presents an on-going class on essential oils that shows the community how to use essential oils to strengthen the immune system, repel bugs naturally, disinfect, and clean the home. These oils can be used in a variety of ways and each month Bonnie shows the community another great use for these oils.

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

Posted By Teri McDowell, Director, Coudersport Public Library, 814-274-9382, mcdowellteri@hotmail.com, Monday, May 2, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free to participate. Funded by a programming grant from the County Commissioners.

Partnership

Potter County Historical Society

Description

Coudersport Public Library’s Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea was an opportunity for the community to come together and share their impressions of the popular PBS series, as well as to discuss the era’s history and social changes. In addition to being a social/cultural event, this was an opportunity to focus attention on the transition from the Edwardian, pre-World War I era to the post-war, Flapper age. In particular, this program pointed out differences in the lives of women during the 13-year period between 1912 and 1925. To make the experience more authentic, British food was served and trivia contests were held in which patrons specifically utilized library resources – instead of Google -- to find answers. Vintage clothing from the Potter County Historical Society, along with ephemera from the Historical Society and local private collections, was on display. This occasion saw record attendance for a library-sponsored, non-fundraising event and was attended by individuals ages eight to 90.

Tags:  Adults  Basic  Civic & Social  Teens 

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A Community Political Dialogue: "Wealth & Society"

Posted By Danny Scopelliti, Adult Services, Sayre Public Library, 570-888-2256, dscopelliti@sayrepl.org, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Due to the discussion-based nature of this event, there is very little need for expenditures. The library maintains a number of on-hand resources that may be utilized should the group wish to incorporate some form of media into the discussion. These resources include the library smartboard, speakers, and other audiovisual materials.

Description

Join us on for coffee and a community discussion on the nature of wealth in our society. Discussion topics will center on individual and collective wealth, poverty, inequality, and the politics of our modern economic system.

Tags:  Adults  Civic & Social 

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Stress Relief for Adults

Posted By Crystal Millard, Library Assistant, Muncy Public Library, 570-546-5014, cmillard@jvbrown.edu, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$12 for coloring books-all other materials were already on hand at the library

Description

Come to the library and unwind! We will try out a variety of relaxation techniques including guided meditation, simple yoga stretches, and even coloring. Sign up soon-space is limited.

Tags:  Adults  Basic  Civic & Social  Health 

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Preschool Science Lab

Posted By Nina White, Youth Services Coordinator, James V. Brown Library, (570)326-5036, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Low-cost, many supplies available from other programs or can be purchased for less than $20.

Description

Preschool Science Lab is a program designed to inspire young minds to enjoy science and not be afraid. The class, while showing that science is fun, also incorporates math and some technology without the children even realizing. The children are shown how to measure and utilize every day items to create reactions and interesting effects. This cause and effect allows them to overcome their fear about science and allows them to see how cool it is to investigate and explore what makes something react or cause a relation. Everyone is encouraged to be patient while the children do the pouring, measuring, and observations which challenges the parents to just be a guide and supervise. The children are also given a simple home experiment to do and are encouraged to come back next week with the results to compare results with the other classmates. Most times the results don't match but it shows the children in a fun way that it's okay to get different results and know that there is not just one answer to a problem. This class is unique in the way that only products in your home kitchen are used. The children are able to then reproduce the experiments for other family members to see at home which boosts their confidence which then shows them that anyone can be a scientist.
The program was marketed through the library's paper calendar and web site, which is linked to a community wide calendar of events. The class was also promoted through word of mouth and cross promotion to age demographics of other classes being held at the library. It was further promoted through email, contacts, and social media.
Funding the program was very easy and accessible to everyone. The supplies were items found in your home kitchen, such as measuring cups, spoons, bowls, and recycled water bottles. Vinegar, baking soda, borax, milk, oil, salt, food coloring, and raisins were used, which can all be found in your kitchen at home or purchased inexpensively.
The children engaged in hands on learning experiments which involved measuring and timing to make liquids become solids, solids become liquids, making things erupt, and making things change colors. The favorite experiments were always when the liquid erupted or exploded or changed colors, plus experiments that showed how milk can freeze and become ice cream which creates a treat that they can even eat. Coming into class with the results of an experiment that was done at home is exciting in the sense that the children run into class all excited to show off their results and see what happened with their classmates experiment. The class has been such a success that there is always a full class with a waiting list. The children leave class telling their friends how cool the class is and all the great stuff they are doing ( learning) in class. This class even inspired a child to draw her experience in class for a Book Mark Contest the library was conducting. She drew herself and her sister in the class erupting a volcano which was a affirmation that the children loved the class and showed something they had learned. The child had won through a library wide vote and the book mark was printed for all patrons to have, which was a great promotion for the class.

Tags:  Basic  Children 

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Financial Literacy Education

Posted By Dana Brigandi, PR Coordinator, James V. Brown Library, (570)974-5590, dbrigandi1@gmail.com, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

No cost for presenter if using a partnership. Otherwise, expenses are low in terms of the cost of printed posters and flyers throughout the building and for use on website and social media. Additional cost for refreshments if necessary but our presenters typically have brought their own.

Partnership

This specific program is in partnership with Broad Street Financial in Montoursville, PA, but we have also partnered with Wells Fargo financial advisors, F.N.B. Wealth Management. and other local financial advisors.

Description

Financial Literacy Education gives an overview of five basic financial topics used in all phases of life from early adulthood to retirement: credit, banking, college education, home ownership and retirement to helps community members reach their financial goals through proper planning and education.

Tags:  Adults  Financial 

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Internet Safety Workshops

Posted By Nadine Kramarz, Director,McBride Memorial Library, 570-752-2241, nadinek@mcbridelibrary.org, Monday, April 18, 2016

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Partnership

The Women's Center in Bloomsburg

Description

This program is designed to inform individuals about how to stay safe while participating in an online environment. Many individuals are tricked into giving out personal information which can be used to steal their money, children, or even their identity. Cyber crimes are particularly difficult for law enforcement to solve, and so it falls upon the individual to ensure that they are being smart online.

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