I hope that most of the public libraries in the state were able to send reps to one of the Jumpstart gatherings taking place this month. Really appreciated the wonderful ideas that were shared and getting to meet some colleagues that I haven't run into before at other library workshops. Thanks to Jasmine at State and Becky & Dana at Yankton Library (where I attended) for putting on a great event. Now I am ready to tackle planning the fun science stuff for summer reading programs!
I noticed that on the Keloland weather doppler we are not getting any snow at all today.
So what about the 2" of new white stuff I just finished shoveling so people could get into the building??? (And it's still snowing and blowing. Gonna be a long day. Should have brought my hat and gloves....)
It really is time to move small rural businesses into the future. Actually, it is past time.
When I watch people in public places, they are all busy looking up info on their smart phones, making reservations, checking out products and prices. Even my little grandkids realize that you can let the people at the haircut place know that you are on the way or order pizza through an app on your phone. And, of course, grandma & grandpa are old-fashioned and do not have internet at their house or smart phones either. (Actually, we are saving pennies for other things!)
Recently, we were made aware of a family funeral in another state while we were doing our doctor visit thing in Sioux Falls. SO we called our daughter, who looked up "florists" on her smart phone and we were able to find a place close to the doc's office and send a floral gift immediately, along with our condolences. (Although our local florist is very nice and we usually buy from them!)
With all of these things in my mind, the library reached out in several ways to the local community, inviting them to a small business workshop (with food..."Can't meet unless we eat" is our motto) that could help them make a simple web site online, or, acting as a compass!, point them towards resources that could help them do a bigger web presence or eCommerce site.
I am so glad that some members of the business community took advantage of this opportunity to open themselves up to new ways of marketing their business. And thanks to Tim and Suzanne for helping put the project together!
Enjoyed a surprise visit today from Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator at the State Library, while she was in town meeting with the school librarian. Thanks for stopping by, Joan!
Yesterday a patron (who was skeptical) took home a "Blind Date Book". After opening it at home, she immediately called to let us know that she was "in love" and was grateful for the set up! Just what a librarian loves to hear.
The TAB gals are busy with another project...wrapping up books as "Blind Dates" for our patrons in February. Very creative packaging. Come in and check it out!