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SWON Weekly
Wednesday, September 9, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Add STEM to Everyday Storytimes »
Traditional storytimes are a great setting to introduce STEM to young learners. Saroj will teach you how to connect sc...
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Have You Ever Felt Unwelcome? »
A library code of conduct for everyone Create positive interactions between staff and teens Have you ever walked i...
Friday, August 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
"I'd like to talk to the manager." »
One of the challenge new supervisors face is the change in the kind of work they have to do. There's work for them to do...
Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
What if You Wrote the Questions? »
  For this one-hour webinar with a library innovator, you can At first, Jessica Liddell couldn't get...
Thursday, August 13, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Carrying 25 Pounds on Your Back »
  Hiking on the Appalachian Trail Summer Reading 2016 SWON's 20th Annual Picture Book Read-In...
Thursday, August 6, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Expert Generealist »
STEM knowledge starts with bare basics Incorporate STEM into storytime Get local schools to use more library resourc...
Friday, July 31, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Keep Your Patience with Patrons »
Respecting your customers makes it easy to help them SWON's Customer Service Circus: a full day for $35 Improve you...
Friday, July 24, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Kids Love Low-Tech »
This is the expression of a kid who's seeing a portable cassette player for the first time. Okay, actually thi...
Monday, July 20, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Patrol Your Vocabulary with Patrons »
Have you ever been talking to a patron and seen a blank look cross their face, then realize that you'd said OPAC or used...
Thursday, July 9, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Counting to 10,000 Steps »
For a while, our toddler wanted to take a walk through the neighborhood every evening. At the same time, an acquaintance...
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Make your Marketing Fail »
So you've made a marketing flyer or postcard or web page or newsletter or Facebook post or email or Pinterest board or Yo...
Friday, June 12, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Your (Online) MD is Talking About You »
Is the cough you have right now a touch of allergies or a summer cold? It's easy to toss a question like this into a...
Wednesday, June 3, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Experience + Learning »
Hands-on learning, these days often called experiential learning , is a big deal at SWON. We have a whole series of work...
Thursday, May 28, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
What if the Opposite is True? »
At Tuesday's Membership Meeting, Cindy Tripp had us practicing some of the moves of Design Thinking. An essential challen...
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
STEM for Girls »
Amazon recently changed the way they organize their toy section. You can no longer filter toys by gender . But they sti...
Friday, May 8, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Build a Landmark »
This Saturday, Lane Library is dedicating a Literary Landmark in honor of two-time Caldecott Award-winner Robert McCloske...
Thursday, April 30, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Soft Skills Earn Hard-Won Results »
At Take 5 last Friday, Chris Lottman gave a great talk on emotional intelligence, using resources from the Yale C...
Monday, April 27, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
3D Printing, Beyond Bunnies »
In the box for SWON's 3D printer sits a broken iPhone case. It was made by the printer, in bright blue plastic, but it...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Design is a Skill »
Design is a skill. You get better at it by practicing, and Design Thinking for Libraries is a great way to practice . Y...
Monday, April 13, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Increase Your Program Attendance with Publisher »
Short and sweet Writing promotional materials for your library is tough. But whether you're advertising an upcoming pr...
Thursday, April 2, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Take a Powerful Pose »
We speak with body language all the time. Body language can reveal how we're feeling, even when we don't want to share ou...
Friday, March 27, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
This Canvas Needs a Frame »
Designing a lesson plan can be nerve-wracking when you're doing it for the first time. What can you assume students alr...
Monday, March 23, 2015
We're Learning. Here's Proof. »
If you've worked on a grant, you probably recognize the word "outcomes." It's what foundations want to see. Sure, they w...
Friday, March 13, 2015
The Missing Email Inbox »
Recovering from an email breakdown Try...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Create Your Soundtrack »
SWON Libraries // Weekly...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Seeing the Real Thing »
With a toddler at home, I’ve seen my share of cute-but-not-at-all-lifelike animal illustrations. So I was excited to dis...
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wave to the Future »
Let’s take a moment to confirm healthy skepticism’s good reputation. When some technology like voice commands gets touted...
Thursday, February 5, 2015
It's a Gift »
Something good happens to you when you share some of your work for free. Whether it’s a bit of tech support or a small ki...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The Teen Reading Challenge is back for 2015! »
On New Year’s Eve Day, we baked sweet rolls with friends. I was lead baker because I’d made them several times before....
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Teen Reading Challenge is back for 2015! »
Buy a wall calendar and a giant red marker so you can circle February 1st. That's when you can start reading as many books...
Friday, December 19, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Join the Mapping Crowd »
Mapping Looks Like This You can help in the fight against Ebola by drawing the maps that groups (including Doctors With...
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Take Photos You'll Want to Show »
Photography sure is different now that $10 can buy you a 16GB memory card that can easily hold 2,400 photos. So here are...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Be a Hero. Draw a Map. »
I’m still troubled by an NPR interview I heard four months ago with Emily Veltus, a health educator who’s working with...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Seeing in 3D »
It wasn’t a Cyber Monday deal, but SWON finally bought a 3D printer. We had discussed the idea for a couple years. What...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Through Adversity »
In Ferguson, Missouri, the public library is a point of light. When schools were closed for safety yesterday, the librar...

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