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Or maybe write about how I'm enjoying Emerging Leaders and I'm humbled to have received such an honor and I'm sure many other people deserve recognition more than me, less than 2 years into my librarian career, and that sometimes gets me that Stupid Cat feeling again. Which is a good feeling, because it keeps me learning, always.
But I just want to share a couple pictures, mostly because I want my boss to see them and talk about them and this is probably the best format for the time being. The Seattle Public Library is an awesome space for a lot of things. What I focused on to bring back to my department was signage, because when focusing on space this might be cheapest-versus-most-beneficial thing to do. Also, I've been inspired by Storytime Katie's rules signage; small, well-communicated info gets everyone where we need to go.
parents that talks about the benefits of using computers.
I loved the graphic novel section so hard. Not only did it have an awesome untitled superhero, it had a literacy tidbit that was clearly placed for parents to read as soon as they felt uneasy letting their kid read graphic novels to properly assuage their fears.
picture books are going that way, too. I like this for its ease of use, even though alphabetizing by author allows for think-alouds because it's confusing for everyone under 13 (okay, 21. When Facebook started alphabetizing by first name in 2009, that was the end of an era, folks).
Little Free Library INSIDE the public library. Without a library card, kids are welcomed to take home books and return them in three weeks without penalty. Granted, these are all paperback, but I love the idea of all kids getting books no matter what.
In fact, everything about the children's department at Seattle Public Library says, "Hello. You are welcome here. Feel free to use our services."
For more on creating a welcoming atmosphere and getting value for your effort, check out this awesome webinar by Joan Frye-Williams, and get pumped to do some stellar customer service!