FREE entrance to National Public Lands this weekend! 9/30

September 30th is National Public Lands Day!

This means a free entrance to all Federal and State parks! Find out more on twitter #NationalPublicLandsDay 

Get outside, play, enjoy, VOLUNTEER!

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New ALA Task Force on Sustainability

Jim Neal has just announced the appointment of an ALA Task Force on Sustainability.  Appointment of this Task Force was begun by ALA’s Immediate Past President Julie Todaro.  The Task Force is charged to develop a white paper that describes areas of focus and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board to increase the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries, and the communities they serve. 

Members of the Task Force are Monika Antonelli (Minnesota State University), Sara Dallas (Southern Adirondack Library System), Adrian K. Ho (University of Kentucky Libraries), Traci Engel Lesneski (MSR, MN), Margaret Sullivan (Margaret Sullivan Studio, NY), Margaret Woodruff (Charlotte Library, VT), and Christian Zabriskie (Urban Libraries Unite, NY).  The Task Force will be co-chaired by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System) and Rene M. Tanner (Arizona State University). The staff liaison will be Mary Ghikas (ALA Senior Associate Executive Director – and Interim Executive Director), working with Danielle Alderson (ALA Member Programs and Services).

The Task Force has been asked by the ALA Executive Board to include the following issues in their discussion.

  • How the Association may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainability practices more broadly in the profession
  • How the Association may provide leadership in the adoption of sustainability practices in libraries; and,
  • How libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainability in the communities they serve.

The Board has asked for a final report by the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

This continues the ALA focus on sustainability, including the formation of the Sustainability Round Table and the passage of a resolution on sustainability passed by the ALA Council at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco: (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2015_annual_council_documents/cd_36_substainable_libraries_resol_final.pdf)

Duel Purpose Upcycling idea!

photo from/of Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Country Walk Branch

I love this idea I read in the Programming Librarian newsletter.  Crafty events are fun. Crafty events with recycled materials is a win win.  Crafy events with recycled materials that are giving a useful resource to those in need tops it all!

At the Miami-Dade public library system “Helping Hands is an arts and crafts program that meets the needs of two communities — older adults and homeless populations — at the same time. Older adult participants socialize at the library while they make sleeping mats from upcycled plastic bags. The mats are then given to nearby homeless populations.”

Interested in learning more: The article on the Programming Librarians site give detailed instructions, planning guidelines, marketing tips, advice, a video on how to, budget (for this one ZERO!), and a nice write up on the library in the right nav bar (check out the link “Photo Slide Show” that pops up some images from their event)