Cycling for Libraries Ontario Tour! August 5-11, 2016

The Cycling for Libraries Canadian team has come up with a manageable route and program for Cycling for Libraries and are ready to go.  They have opened up registration and have over 20 registrants so far; many are from Europe! UNCONFERENCE BIKING. NETWORKING. ADVOCATING. August 5-11, 2016 The website is at www.cyclingforlibraries.org/2016. Cycling for libraries is an annual international advocacy tour and an unconference for cycling librarians and library lovers since 2011 — “Cycling and Libraries with Love and Passion!” Follow #cyc4lib Testimonial from a past participant and an organizer for this Tour: “I am so excited to be a part of this.  From my own perspective, the two tours that I participated in across Europe exposed me to new ways of thinking about libraries, our spaces and services, and about myself.  I have colleagues all over the world with whom I am still in contact.  We now have the opportunity to connect more Canadians to this fantastic...

Partnership Opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Partnership Opportunity with Parks and Recreation I was honoured to present the provincial public library situation at the PRO Ontario executive summit last week (http://fopl.ca/news/pr-ontario-parks-and-recreation-ontario-slides/) (PRO is the result of a merger of most of the Ontario P&R associations about 15 years ago).  At that conference, which had record attendance to discuss the issues and opportunities, PRO launched a new reading program for Parks and Recreation municipal departments. I noted that every public library system in the province would be delighted to partner with PRO and their local parks and rec departments.  Public Libraries are great partners and we have deep experience in great reading programs like TD Summer reading and The Forest of Trees.  We know, as library folks, that healthy bodies, healthy minds and linked.  So here’s the background: PRO is celebrating their 15th Anniversary of the widely recognized, award winning, HIGH FIVE(r) program that is very widely adopted across Ontario and spreading nationally and they hope internationally. PRO has partnered with Orca Book Publishers – the Canadian publisher – and their new series of children’s books Lucy Tries Sports children’s books that encourage reading and active lifestyles for kids. This campaign is called #HIGHFIVElovesLucy and is launching this month.  It was officially announced at the PRO conference. So, here’s what you can do: Expect a call from your Parks and Rec folks (or call them and have a conversation and #HIGHFIVElovesLucy). Be prepared and learn more about HIGH FIVE if you don’t already and Lucy Tries Sports children’s books. Get out ahead of the curve and consider adding Lucy Tries Sports children’s books to your collection since there may be demand generated by P&R. Consider...

OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank

Note the date is changing! Watch this space for new dates. Community Led Think Tank: Coming this Fall! OLA’s annual Community Led Think Tank has been postponed to this fall. Stay tuned! More updates will be provided via email and social media. The Community-Led Think Tank held at Brampton Public Library on May 24th. Please join us there! The community-led approach to libraries aims to create a library for the people, by the people. This event is a full day of collaborating, networking and learning about this approach to librarianship. OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept. The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from experts in the field. Here is the link to register: http://www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Community_Led_Think_Tank/Welcome/OLA/Events/Community_Led_Think_Tank/Welcome.aspx...