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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.
We want to thank librarians from Georgia and Maine for sharing the following inspires stories. Share your story to be featured in a future newsletter and on our website!
Elevate Farms is a partner of Fayette County Public Library (FCPL). A seed library was created by Elevated Farms (Kay Mance) to support library patrons and Fayette County citizens’ health and wellness. At Fayette County Public Library, we seek to educate the community through literacy, arts and culture, and community engagement. The library, in partnership with Elevate Farms, launched a Community Seed Library. This initiative provides an opportunity for citizens to take garden seeds from the designated seed catalog at the library while donating seeds in return. “Take One, Bring One” is the concept. The Seed Library began Thursday, June 1, and is open during library hours each week.
In Maine, librarians from Maine and New Hampshire recently presented on the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative at the Maine Library Association conference. A representative from one of the major Large Print Publishers (Thorndike Press) was in attendance and did a lovely write up of the presentation and shared this with their customers which really extended the audience. That write-up was as follows:
“I hope this email finds you in high spirits. As an enthusiastic supporter of libraries and the joy of reading, I wanted to reach out to you following my attendance at the Maine Library Association Conference. The event was an incredible experience, featuring a captivating session titled “Let’s Move in Libraries,” led by esteemed presenters Lisa Joyce, Deborah Dutcher, and Kayleigh Thomas.
I am thrilled to share with you the knowledge and inspiration I gained from this session. The discussions revolved around increasing engagement with both youth and adults, and I am genuinely excited to explore how we can bring these ideas to life in your library. Together, we can create an environment that promotes joy, love, and a lifelong passion for reading within your community.
I invite you to meet with me to discuss your unique community and library, and how we can collaborate to implement the strategies discussed at the conference. By understanding your specific needs and challenges, we can tailor our approach to ensure maximum impact. Let’s work together to design engaging programs and initiatives that will captivate patrons of all ages.
In addition to the valuable insights shared during the session, I wanted to highlight a couple of websites that can provide you with further ideas and resources. The website Let’s Move in Libraries offers inspiration for events at your library and guidance on getting started. Furthermore, Agency on Aging Area 4 is an excellent resource for funding ideas and additional resources.
During the session, various programs were discussed, including Tai Chi for Health and Balance, Story Walks, exercise programs, cooking classes, and the circulation of bags for yoga, Zumba, and other wellness activities. I encourage you to check in with local banks, community organizations, and businesses to explore potential sponsorships for events at your library. Remember, they cannot say yes if you don’t ask!”