The February 2024 newsletter of Let’s Move in Libraries includes:
- An invitation to join International Compost Awareness Week
- A request to complete a survey on climate and environmental health in libraries
- A new blog post on how to bring music, movement, and more to your library
- An opportunity to join a virtual peer support network for library workers
- A webinar you don’t want to miss in February
- Join us at the Public Library Association Conference
- An invitation to our monthly Birds of a Feather call
- A new webinar series on health partnerships in libraries
- A way to bring virtual physical education to your library
This month’s featured image comes from the 2024 AARP Livable Communities Community Challenge Grant.
Once again, AARP is calling on public libraries, and all other community organizations, to apply for “small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages.” These projects can include everything from bike racks to garden beds, and even StoryWalks!
Grants can be as small as $500 and as large as $50,000, but most awards are under $20,000. Here are some of the things libraries have gotten funded in past years:
- Chilton Public Library in Wisconsin won an award “To combine intergenerational family time, physical activity, and literacy in a fun, interactive, outdoor setting, two permanent and two portable bilingual StoryWalks will be installed at sites around the community.”
- Wilton Public Library in Iowa won an award to “improve a garden space by developing a sensory area for all ages. The upgrades will provide shade and increase comfortable seating options, ensuring the space is accessible for all users. Master gardeners will help guide planting, with the aim of growing produce.”
- Scarborough Public Library in Maine won an award to “establish a network of walking paths to provide a safe place and programs for older adults to exercise and socialize outdoors in a community that lacks a walkable downtown.”
Learn more about the dozens of public libraries who have won this award and get your applications in by March 6, 2024!
Get started at the AARP Livable Communities Community Challenge Grant webpage.
An invitation to join International Compost Awareness Week
Our our friends at the International Compost Awareness Week invite you to join them!
From May 5-11, 2024, they are inviting all around the world to come together to support composting.
The Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Coalition (IFSCC) has created a resource page for libraries wanting to get involved, including storytime, display, and STEM programming ideas. Learn more at their webpage.
This year IFSCC is asking libraries to share what they are doing to support composting so they can build out even more program ideas to be shared in future years! Submit your adventures in composting, other happenings, or library program details by April 10th to be featured in their list of events.
A request to complete a survey on climate and environmental health in libraries
STAR Net would like to invite you to complete a short survey to inform the design of the 2024 Climate Action Symposium: Exploring Collaborations with Libraries, Community-Based Organizations, and Public Health Agencies
The symposium is part of a project (Building Resilient Communities) funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Space Science Institute and its STAR Library Network. Project partners include OCLC WebJunction, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Interactive Learning Dynamics. The focus of the survey is on public library STEM learning programs and activities related to climate change science, climate change’s impacts on public health, and community sustainability and/or resiliency. The estimated time needed to complete this survey is 9 minutes. All information you provide will be completely confidential. Data will only be shared in aggregate through reports and papers – no personally identifiable information will be shared.
Thank you for your support! Take the survey here.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL-2314180. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
A new blog post on how to bring music, movement, and more to your library
Our thanks to Barbara Scott, Children’s Librarian at the Bucyrus (Ohio) Public Library for sharing with us a new blog post on her experience bringing music, movement, and more to her community since 2011!
Since 2010, Barb has worked with a range of community partners on this incredibly impactful initiative. Check out the blog post to read her story and get some ideas and inspiration for things you can try in your community.
Here are some excerpts:
“Through advertising and word of mouth, the program quickly expanded. I turned to our local United Way as a funding source …. United Way has been our faithful supporter since 2013 and we are currently entering our 10th year of partnership with them. Our program, through them, is advertised under their ‘Bold Goals’ initiatives and is a premier program for them.”
We simplified the drumming by using money from United Way funds to purchase 5-gallon buckets and play balls from Wal-mart, and already using the lummi sticks that we had as drumsticks. Both of us had large exercise balls with large bucket containers like you might see in a barn/tack room.
I currently visit five schools, some of them twice monthly and do a Music, Movement, and More program with them. The classes I visit are mostly preschool, but at one school, I also work with a combined K-1 and combined grades 2-3 class. Oh, and on one of my visits to one of the schools, a teacher from their ‘before school’ class wanted to know if I would be interested in coming in for them. ‘We start at 7:30 a.m., but you could come at 7:45 a.m.’ Two Tuesday mornings a month, I do just that. A typical Monday or Wednesday could see me doing 3-4 classes in a single day, depending on the school that I’m visiting and if there is a 10-week session going on here at the library.”
Check out Barbara’s amazing story at Music, Movement, and More at your library.
An opportunity to join a virtual peer support network for library workers
As a result of the 2022 Urban Library Trauma Study conducted by Urban Librarians Unite (ULU), one of the interventions that would be useful to library workers was creating a peer support network. This virtual peer support network is for library workers and organized and run by library workers. However, ULU needs people to help us make it happen.
They are looking for participants to help collaborate with them to develop core principles and practices of the groups, and then help us run these groups once they have been established. This is open to anyone who works at a library at any level! Rural library workers are encouraged to participate as well.
Please consider becoming a peer leader and working with them to build a solution.
More information on this project, qualifications, honorarium/expense information, and more is in their formal call. If you are interested in applying please fill out the application form which will close on February 9th, 2024.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Urban Librarians Unite!
A webinar you don’t want to miss in February
Join us Wednesday February 14 at 2:00 pm US Eastern, 11:00 am US Pacific for Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library. This webinar, based on the HEAL at the Library Project, will be hosted by Niche Academy, and is open to all!
Here’s a description: “We all know that teamwork makes the dream work, but what does that actually mean for the day-to-day work of librarianship? Cultivating and sustaining the relationship-driven library has four steps: 1) planting the seeds of partnership, 2) nurturing co-developed ideas, 3) harvesting and celebrating accomplishments, and 4) resting and preparing for future partnerships. Join Noah Lenstra for this webinar on building the relationship-driven library. You’ll leave this session with renewed confidence in your ability to find partners, cultivate working relationships with them, and keep relationships fresh and impactful, as well as how to tactfully step back from relationships that aren’t working the way you hoped they would. Finally, you’ll learn how to advocate for the time you need for this process. If you’re interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We’ll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.”
We hope to see you at Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library.
Join us at the Public Library Association conference!
We’re thrilled to share that we will be at the Public Library Association conference April 3-5, in Columbus, Ohio. Will you be there? Send us an email! We’re hoping to have an in-person Let’s Move in Libraries gathering.
You can also join us Friday, April 5 at 12:30 pm at the How-To Stage where Dr. Noah Lenstra will be presenting How To Cultivate Relationship-Driven Libraries: A Four-Step Guide for Lasting Partnerships. Here is more information on the session:
“Cultivating and sustaining the relationship-driven library has four steps: 1) planting the seeds of partnership, 2) nurturing co-developed ideas, 3) harvesting and celebrating accomplishments, and 4) resting and preparing for future partnerships.
You’ll leave with renewed confidence in your ability to find partners, cultivate working relationships with them, and keep relationships fresh and impactful. You’ll also learn how to advocate for the time you needed for this process. Everyone goes home with a print toolkit.”
We hope to see you in Ohio!
An invitation to our monthly Birds of a Feather call
Want to join a community of public library workers and partners interested in the topics celebrated by Let’s Move in Libraries?
Have a burning question you’d like to ask other librarians?
Join us in our monthly Birds of a Feather conversation series.
Beginning in February 2023, we host a monthly one-hour Birds of a Feather online conversation. The next event will be February 21, 2024 at 12 pm Eastern / 9 am Pacific. Join us for an inspiring, engaging, open and lively conversation.
What is a Birds of a Feather conversation? It’s an opportunity for individuals with shared interests to gather together (birds of a feather flock together) to share resources, inspire one another, and generally build community.
These events are never recorded so that all participants can share freely. Join us!
One of last month’s participants wrote to us to say that “our [library] director sent out an email asking for ideas for an upcoming grant through the local health department/state. I was able to give her some of the ideas that were discussed” at the Birds of a Feather conversation!
Here are some of the resources shared during the January 2024 call, in which librarians from 9 states joined us for a lively conversation. We try to aggregate resources shared and send them out in our newsletters.
One librarian shared that they had started doing cooking programs for kids with Charlie Cart, but adults wanted an option for them as well. That led to the idea of a cookbook club – which the librarian shared has been very easy to run. They essentially purchase and catalog a cookbook and the participants do the rest. The whole group picks a cookbook, everyone selects a recipe with a sticky note, they pick a night, and everyone shows up with food. So far everyone likes Snoop Dogg’s cookbook the most and they plan to use it again in a future month. Check out his cookbooks!
- Another librarian shared that at a recent virtual cooking demonstration they hosted 100 people logged on to cook along with James Beard Award-winning writer Illyanna Maisonet, demonstrating the continued relevance of virtual programming.
- Another recommended this Hot Dog Cooker / Solar Oven as a fun cooking-related STEM program.
- We also talked about ways to support holistic health, and one participant shared that in addition to offering summer snacks at their library, they are working with a non-profit to provide children with personal hygiene products.
- We also talked about how to integrate healthy programming into the calendar and some special dates shared include:
- March – Women History Month / Nutrition Month
- April – National Garden Month / Poetry Month
- May – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month/ AAPI Heritage Month / Bike Month
- June – Pride Month
Finally, we talked about equipment we can use to support fun, active play, and one participant recommended these sensory floor tiles.
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Does your library make available virtual content related to food, nutrition, or physical activity? Let us know! We’d love to share other resources in future newsletters.