Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Making Connections: Family Nights and Brewfests

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  1. One of the most successful outreach programs I've seen was an interactive blog journey where kids would receive a badge after completing certain tasks. The badge could be posted on social media and printed as buttons, stickers, or certificates. Adults loved it because it was free, and kids loved winning something they could lord over their friends, which was great marketing.

  2. Wow! We were actually thinking about partially gamifying our SLP. I'd love to hear more about this!

  3. Great ideas here! Outreach is so important, and I love that you're reflecting on your practice by thinking about what's important to kids/families versus what's important to libraries.

  4. Thanks, Tessa! Your comment means so much to me. I really do think that if kids and their families see what's important to them reflected by the library, then they'll visit us-- which, of course, is important to libraries!

  5. I constantly love your outside of the box thinking!

  6. We can never get any one to give us great swag, so it's hard sometimes to compete at family nights with, say, Parks and Rec, who have awesome foam footballs. Our manager got our friends group to buy us a dry-erase trivia wheel. We put categories like "fairy tales" or "the library" and give out bookmarks or stickers to the kids who get the questions right. It's a HUGE hit! Kids feel smart when they answer the questions, and it definitely catches the eye!