News in Brief

Nov 19, 2018

Makerspace Idea: A Database of Paper Airplane Designs
Most of us know how to make a basic paper airplane, but there are many more designs out there. The Open Culture blog recommends taking a look at the Fold’n’Fly database for designs of varying difficulty and performance for kids and adults alike. Each comes with step-by-step instructions, helpful video, and printable pattern (watch that you don’t click the advertisement by mistake).

Plan an Hour of Code December 3-9
The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global event. The website offers hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for kindergarten and up. Learn how anyone, anywhere, can host an Hour of Code.

Save the Date for Big Talk from Small Libraries
If you work in a small library, there’s a free, online conference just for you. The annual Big Talk from Small Libraries conference is set for February 22, 2019. They’ll use the GoToWebinar online meeting service, so you can attend from your desktop. The call for speakers will be announced soon, so think about what ideas you’d like to share.

Start Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign Off Right
The holiday season is prime time to raise funds for your library. In fact, CauseVox says 30% of annual giving occurs in December, and 10% in the last three days of the year. In this article, they offer advice on how to plan ahead to take advantage of end-of-year generosity.

How to Make New Friends (of the Library)
Are you worried that your Friends group is “aging out?” Are you concerned that there just aren’t that many available volunteers to sustain your group into the future? You will probably be surprised to learn that there are many young volunteers ready and willing to work with your group. (From Library Strategies.)

Library Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families
The Association for Library Service to Children has an archived forum and an upcoming webinar on serving immigrant and refugee families. Also helpful is their Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers toolkit.

Library Referenda Roundup 2018
The voters have spoken, and American Libraries has gathered the results of library referenda, tax levies, and bond measures across the country. None in Wyoming, but this provides an informative look at the mood of the electorate nationally.

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