Tomorrow, August 16th: CMLE Office Hours!

At CMLE HQ we are always happy to talk with our members about anything library related! Tomorrow is Wednesday August 16th and we will be having Office Hours from 11am – 1pm. 

If you are working on a project, doing some planning, or have any library questions or issues, feel free to stop by and chat with Mary and Angie. We will have a canine guest in the office too, should you have need of a therapy dog! 🙂

CMLE Headquarters
570 1st Street SE 
St. Cloud, MN 56307

Day Seventy Six of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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Books! What could  be better???

Well maybe: books in National Parks!!!

Two of my very favorite things, combined together!

What’s this library book doing in my National Park?

“In early June, I was walking a trail in Land’s End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when I came upon a children’s book called The Fox Wish, by Kimiko Aman. Each page was a mounted panel, installed just a few feet away from the next, like storytime breadcrumbs.

It was a delightful book about a fox who steals a little girl’s jump rope, but it got me wondering: What’s a children’s book doing in the National Park?

Well, did you ever hear that opposites attract?

To find out more, I talk to Michele Gee, Chief of Education and Interpretation at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a Bay Area National Park. She tells me that last year, when the National Parks Service celebrated it’s centennial, they decided to really focus on a problem they’d been working on for years.

The National Parks reach out

“We have a certain population that loves their National Parks, visits regularly, but that doesn’t reflect the diversity of our nation or the diversity of the Bay Area,” says Gee. “Lower income or people of color aren’t being drawn to the National Parks and don’t have the access. They both don’t know about it, don’t know it exists, but also don’t necessarily feel welcome to come.”

So the Parks looked for a partner to help, one which shared their mission for inclusivity, education, and adventure. If they had a dating profile, it might be: Outdoorsy conservationist seeks warm extrovert with shared values. Because successful partnerships are based on having something in common, right?

“Park rangers are very much into the history and story and they love sharing what they know about the world,” says Christy Estrovitz, Director of Youth Services at the San Francisco Public Library. “That’s something that librarians and the library staff love to do as well!”

Estrovitz runs the Library’s Summer Stride program, which brings free programs like tinkering workshops and drag queen story hour to your local branch. Last summer, she and Michele Gee worked together to bring library patrons to the National Parks and and a love of nature into the libraries. Some of the programs included park trailheads about the different National Parks inside the library branches, wooden Reading Ranger badges awarded to participants who read for twenty hours, Park Ranger storytime, and free shuttles from library branches to National Parks, funded by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Gee says the programs were designed to “bring the libraries to the park as much as the park was going to the libraries.”  “

CMLE Resources: Linking Our Libraries Podcast

As we all prepare for a new semester to get started, and are wrapping up our Summer Fun Library Tour series, it’s good to get back in touch with library resources. And at CMLE, we are filled with all kinds of great things for you!

Each week, we will draw your attention to one of the many resources available to you from CMLE Headquarters. Our mission is to help build connections between members, across all types of libraries. We exist to share information across libraries (and archives, and museums, and history centers) – and we are always looking for more ways to make that happen! Check out our Subscribe To Us! page, for information on subscribing to all our stuff.

We will keep changing and providing new types of information and new formats, to meet the needs of our members. If you have a topic you want to learn more about – tell us! If you have a format you like to use to get information – let us know! Our entire purpose is to connect our 300+ members to each other, and to provide all kinds of professional information to make your jobs better.

One of our strategies for sharing information is to podcast it! Linking Our Libraries is our podcast, created at CMLE HQ. Each Thursday we talk about a different topic that may be helpful to our members – and to anyone across the Library and Information Science profession. (We like you all!) We talk for about 20 minutes, sharing professional information, maybe talking about some libraries, maybe chatting with a Guest Host.

We also have a short segment where we share books we are reading. We have heard from many of you that this is a favorite part; so stay tuned for an upcoming book-themed podcast! (Oh – maybe there should have been a spoiler alert tag before that? Well: Spoiler! New podcast is coming up this fall!)

The whole thing is deliberately cheerful in tone ( we laugh a lot!); and we keep each topic at a pretty introductory level. Libraries are fun places! So if you know nothing about the topic of the week – this is for you! If you need a refresher – this is for you! If you like to hear about the neat things happening across the profession – this is for you! Do you just want to support libraries? Again: this is for you!

Each episode also has a podcast page with our notes from the episode, links to everything we discussed, and often links to other material on our topic. If a topic is useful to you, we want to be sure you have access to the information in any format that works for you!

The all-important part of podcasting:
How do you actually listen to it??

Want to listen to an episode? We make it easy for you!

  • You can download an app, subscribe to “Linking Our Libraries” and all episodes will appear on your phone/tablet – it’s so easy!
    • Apps we like include Pocket Casts, iTunes, and Stitcher. 
    • Download any of these, search for “Linking Our Libraries” and hit Subscribe.
    • If it is not readily available, just enter this RSS feed:
  • Or, you can stream an episode right now on your computer by going to our streaming page, by clicking here.

Whatever tool you use, we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for listening, and sharing ideas on libraries!

Do you want to talk with us about a topic? Could you use a helping hand in your library? We want to help! Tell us about it here, and let’s get started.


AASL Recommended App: Books: Radio Jones And His Robot Dad

This summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017. The apps encourage qualities such as creativity and collaboration, and encourage discovery and curiosity. 

Radio Jones And His Robot Dad “tells the story of a boy called Radio whose Dad is too busy to spend time with him. So, using all his skills as a coder and maker, Radio builds himself a Robot Dad, and together they set off on a wild adventure.”

Check out this review of the app from The Horn Book and watch the trailer below:

Level: Elementary
Platform: iOS
Cost: FREE

Radio Jones And His Robot Dad from Nexus on Vimeo.

Day Seventy Five of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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What gets people to your website?

What are people looking for online?

It’s always fun to keep an eye on searches, and especially on searches that lead back to your site. Some of the things people type are…odd, or at least very unexpected!

Check out this list of searches that led people to the site! I am including a few here, but there are many, many more – click here to check them all out for yourself!

“The following are search expressions that led from search engines – mostly Google – to pages on between mid-2001 and March of 2004. This list is no longer being updated.”

  • what happened to the domestic servants in the 20th century
  • lawsuit Hair today gone tomorrow
  • “is cannibalism legal?”
  • capitalism and robots
  • how do i become rich
  • sirsi sucks
  • what does the cuban dollar stand for?
  • yertle the turtle and anarchy
  • “India was discovered by”
  • pics of short fat cartoon man not inappropriate
  • scoobydoo bongs
  • library weirdo
  • practicas de skateboard
  • what do i need
  • deadheads as a moral community
  • does mark cuban have friends
  • record breaking penis sizes,non porn
  • how do you say army in spanish
  • dewey decimal sucks
  • real joly unicorn
  • confirm for me that
  • percentage population “foot fetish”
  • what sucks about being a librarian
  • prison “martial arts” inmate jew
  • funny search and seizure stories
  • info on eskimo weapons for a essay
  • “self absorbed images”
  • “stupid things you can do on the internet”
  • Interviews with June Cleaver
  • erotic underwater library
  • goals and purposes of the hippies
  • which is beavis and which is butthead?
  • What is the recipe to mummify something?
  • stacy wakefield evil
  • porn kellogs
  • list of jobs in which absent minded people are handy

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