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Considering using portable air cleaners in your library or classrooms? Get the details on how they work, which ones are most effective, and the best way to use them.
In this episode of the Open Book Webcast, two members of Madison Public Library’s marketing team discuss how to effectively market library services to community members during a pandemic.
In this episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll hear from Stephanie Freas, Assistant Director of John McIntire Library, about how she and her staff are meeting community needs during the pandemic as well as planning for the future.
Libraries aren’t just buildings! There are so many ways for you to engage your community members during a pandemic — here are four things to do right now.
In the ninth episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll hear from Tinashe Blanchet, founder of The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, who shares how she turned her hands-on STEM summer camp fully virtual during the pandemic.
Follow these steps for creating a curbside pickup plan to get books and materials into students’ hands this year.
In the eighth episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll learn about the readers’ advisory book bundle program at Madison Public Library in Wisconsin. This innovative curbside library service connects patrons to materials while inter-library loans are on pause.
Figuring out the best way to shield students and staff from germs can be daunting. Download this handy guide to help you compare the features of each desk barrier so you can find the right fit for your learning spaces.
In the seventh episode, Elementary Principal Amy Williams joins the Open Book Webcast to share how she’s leading her school community through the pandemic by emphasizing social-emotional wellness.
Whether learning at school or from home this year, students will need comfortable personal learning spaces that give them the tools they need to stay healthy and productive. Discover 10 products that can help you create spaces where learners thrive.
In the sixth episode of the Open Book Webcast, hear how Librarian Jessica Ryan pivoted to create virtual programming for the children and adults in her community in response to the pandemic. She then met her community’s needs once again by adapting her programming in response to George Floyd’s death.
Fall into reading with the early literacy activities on the September calendar. Parents and children can have fun celebrating Teddy Bear Day, playing restaurant, and going on nature walks together!
In the third episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, librarian and popular children’s lit podcaster Matthew Winner discusses the role librarians play in supporting students’ social-emotional learning and how children’s literature can help families navigate the turbulent waters of 2020.
In the second episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, Art Teacher Mandy Stringer talks about how she had to quickly switch to teaching art virtually during the pandemic and how social-emotional learning became more important than ever in her lessons.
Social-emotional learning will be more important than ever this next school year, and school librarians are poised to lead the charge. Get tips and ideas for infusing SEL into your library program.
In the first episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, Cathy Farley, Director of White County Public Library, talks about what reopening their physical library was like after being closed to the public for seven and a half weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions.
From funding cuts to staff morale, find out what our survey respondents said are the biggest challenges public libraries are facing right now.
From germ prevention to traffic flow to what to do with your makerspace, this planning guide will help you decide how to best serve your students in your library when they come back to school.
What will schools look like for the fall of 2020? Experts aren’t quite sure yet, but they have a lot of ideas for what reopening school looks like. Get tips and resources for creating a safe school environment when students return to classrooms.
Parents and youngsters can beat boredom during the lazy days of summer with fun math, science, and early literacy activities. Celebrate special events like Independence Day, Anti-Boredom Month, and everybody’s favorite — National Ice Cream Month!
From staff procedures to traffic flow to room layout, this planning guide will help you figure out what you need to think about when you open your doors back up to the public.
As students bring books and other materials back to your library, the question of how to ensure staff and student safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about how to quarantine library materials.
As books and other materials start circulating from your library again, the question of how to ensure patron and staff safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about quarantining your materials.
There are so many questions surrounding how and when libraries will open back up. To help you plan, pediatrician and librarian Dr. Dipesh Navsaria talks about what we know about COVID-19, how to think about and evaluate steps you can take to keep people safe, and what safety measures could become the new norm.
Once again, libraries around the world are transforming their services to meet the needs of their communities. From providing increased access to digital resources to becoming popup food banks, libraries are continuously proving they are essential institutions in a variety of ways.
Demco’s interior designers partnered with Plunkett Raysich Architects to create a nature-inspired classroom that uses biophilic design elements to promote student well-being and academic achievement. Take a tour and get ideas for your own learning environment.
Take the guesswork out of implementing flexible seating in your classroom or library with the tips and advice in this free e-book.
This guide will help you choose the best charging solution to ensure your learning environment or library offers adequate options to plug in and power up.
See the results when Natrona County Public Library teamed up with Demco’s interior solutions consultants to develop a free and open-access makerspace where their community could gather to create, share resources, and take part in STEAM programming.
You’re ready to make the change to a flexible seating classroom, but how do you get parents and students on board? Find out with helpful tips and free downloads and start making parents and students your biggest flexible seating advocates.
Where will my students put their things? How often can they change seats? How do I prevent arguments over seating choices? If you’re thinking about implementing flexible seating, this post will provide you all these answers and more.
Your learning environment needs to be flexible to support technology, hands-on activities, small- and large-group learning, collaboration and individual study. Browse furniture that will help ensure your space meets the needs of your 21st century learners.
Did you miss the Feb. 22 #DemcoMakerChat about meaningful making? No worries! You can still learn from your peers about how to promote meaningful making in your makerspace. Here are some of the great responses shared during the chat. For the full archive, search #DemcoMakerChat on Twitter.
Gathering ideas for your summer reading program? Look no further! We polled librarians and asked what their favorite and most effective programs were and they delivered. From teaming up with hometown heroes to STEM programming to taking your show on the road, there are so many exciting ways you can engage your community through summer reading.
See how Demco’s design team executed an award-winning learning commons design that meets the needs of today’s learners and educators.
Need to add a little art to your STEAM makerspace? Looking for a way to motivate summer reading program participants? Love collaborative art pieces? Read what librarians shared about how they are using StickTogether mosaic posters for all this and more and steal some ideas for your own library!
Your library users’ needs are changing and so is your library. Browse furniture that can help you keep your library spaces flexible by providing power and mobility and pulling double duty when you need them to.
Join Mover and Shaker Erica Freudenberger as she shares her experience of embracing community engagement to create a democratic, community-led organization and revitalize a library and community.
Learn about the numerous challenges the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County overcame to implement a mobile service model, how it positively impacted service and how you can do the same.
You’re ready to start creating your makerspace, but what kind of furniture and seating will you need? Use this handy checklist to help you decide how you will you use your space and what you need to think about when choosing furnishings.
With more and more libraries curating Libraries of Things, library cards just got a little more powerful. Read how two libraries have jumped right in to offer unique collections to their patrons. You’ll learn about their new offerings, from wireless hotspots to yard games, and how they’re getting the word out to their communities.
We asked five libraries to tell us about how this one product helped them do more with their media collection. See what they had to say.
Library content marketing expert Angela Hursh answers librarians’ questions about how to ramp up their library’s newsletters. You’ll learn the best content to include, how to find it, and the most effective way to distribute your newsletter.
The Demco Makerspace Survey revealed the pain points many librarians have with starting and running a makerspace, but it also revealed some great advice for meeting those challenges head on. See what your peers had to say about their makerspaces and get tips and pointers.
Take it from an expert, you’ve got a lot of options in your library design “tool kit” — even if you’re working within space and budget constraints.
Learn from a certified ergonomist how active learning environments can keep kids engaged, improve test scores and result in greater creativity and positive behavior.
Learn how you can harness new education strategies and transform your children’s library into an interactive STEAM learning environment.
With less money in your budget and less time in your day, your marketing efforts may feel ineffective. Learn easy (and mostly free) ways to boost your library marketing.
Struggling to find the best tools for your library makerspace? Join expert Laura Fleming as she discusses how best to support your space.
We asked renowned librarians and authors at the top of their game about their job advice for new librarians. What they said are things we can all learn from!
Engaging a reluctant reader can be a challenge, but Mo Willems is here to help! Supplement his engaging books with these Elephant and Piggie activities.
The Maker Movement has hit the library! Watch this webinar and learn how to ensure patrons can pursue open-ended maker projects and enjoy playing to learn.
Library makerspaces come in many forms and offer places to tinker, develop work skills or invent. What are your makerspace goals? Check out 4 essential considerations and the latest products.
Ready to embrace functional space both indoors and out? Get ideas from the Nashville Public Library on how to create an amazing outdoor space and discover ways to bring the outdoors inside.
The teens involved in every step of the planning process for The Mix helped make this teen zone the place to be. Explore the results as Manager Cathy Cormier takes us on a virtual tour of the multiple areas of SFPL’s teen zone, their uses and the tools they feature.
This guide is a must-have for librarians — chock-full of kid and adult coloring tips from tried-and-true programs across the country! Plus, the coloring contest winners are announced!
As centers of learning, college libraries are reinventing their spaces to facilitate just about anything students may dream up. Hear from 2 academic librarians about higher education makerspaces and design labs.
Join the many delightful Mo Willems characters for activities like a cookie toss with The Pigeon, a dance party with Elephant and Piggie, a shape hunt with Knuffle Bunny and much more!
Your library’s summer reading program has been helping kids stem the summer slide and fostering a love of reading for years. If you’re looking for ways to shake things up and enhance the learning opportunities for your program, look no further!
What library makerspace tools and activities will be the most effective and the most engaging for your users? Get the crowd-sourced answers!
Long-time artist or new to the color craze? It doesn’t matter — anyone can use these tips to bring some serious coloring therapy to their community.
Human relationships and interactions play a key role during the first thousand days of a child’s life. Learn from Dr. Navsaria, founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, about the importance of early literacy, how toxic stress and early adversity can lead to lifelong issues and some key concepts about literacy development.
The spectacular early literacy programming at Redwood City Public Library has established the institution as a leader in education and outreach, passionately supporting childhood development and literacy in their community.
Holidays and special events are all good when Pete the Cat is part of the festivities! This groovy guide is filled with games, crafts, writing activities, and more fun ideas to keep kids “feline” fine all through the year.
Have you been wanting to add a STEAM program to your library’s list of events but think it might be too expensive or too difficult to plan? Think again! In this blog post, Terry Ehle shares the inspiration you need to get started.
Your library is an important resource for your community — get the word out! Learn all about how the Take Your Child to the Library Day initiative started, discover how to get involved, and explore engaging program ideas, past success stories and online resources.
Raise awareness of your library’s services in your community and find ways to reach underserved populations with the 3 Ps of library outreach, a formula to help you plan your next outreach event and partner with community service providers for maximum impact.
Solve the mystery about credible sources! Use the fresh ideas in this FREE Upstart activity guide to help students better evaluate sources and put them hot on the trail of A+ sources!
Help students become good digital citizens. Download a free activity guide from Upstart that includes interactive activities, online video references, and games.
When children are not given opportunities to experience language through books and other interactions, disparities develop that can last a lifetime. Pediatrician Dr. Navsaria teaches us how to combat this and empower parents!
International Dot Day celebrates mentorship and its power to foster self-discovery, creativity and courage. How will you inspire and encourage this year?
Thinking of extending early literacy learning into the homes in your community? 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiatives are a great way to give families the tools they need to prepare their children for later reading success.
Deliver a powerful message to caregivers through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program — books are all kids need to be ready for school!
From fun displays to multimedia and guest speakers at your school, this list of reading strategies will help you win over kids and foster a love of reading.
From encouraging fine motor movement to expanding vocabularies, art plays an important role in strengthening the skills our children need to succeed in the 21st century. Learn more about the benefits of incorporating art into storytimes and get 10 tips for talking to kids about art.
Looking for a way to incorporate speaking and listening standards into projects? Look no further! See LibrarySparks’ tips for holding a student debate that draws on students’ reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.
According to researchers, children’s participation in unstructured playtime is crucial to laying a foundation for literacy success. Learn how to maximize the positive effects of play through storytimes and parent involvement.
This activity guide is the cat’s meow! Celebrate Pete and all kinds of cats as you motivate readers. Read in the Kitty Corner, play games with buttons and shoes, and have everyone draw their own cat!
This activity guide has everything you need for a Seuss-sational program to get kids exploring the wonderful world of books! Practice creative rhyming, have a family literacy night, and play in some oobleck!
Bow WOW! There are so many doggone fun activities packed in this reading activity guide! Make an origami dog, have a barking contest, eat some puppy chow, and fetch a good book to read in the dog house!
Educators have students take a second look and even a third look at texts. This deeper study of text is called close reading, and it’s helping prepare students to meet the text analysis requirements of the Common Core State Standards. But, how can you help students get the most out of close reading? Read this post to learn more about effective close reading strategies.
Mmmm mmmm. Knowledge is sweet. Try a bakery-themed reading corner in your library, mixing up fun with “dough,” toy mixer and some cookies (real or faux, you decide). So many ideas in this indulgent activity guide!
Oh, the places a child can go when they visit the library. How will you make National Take Your Child to the Library Day better than ever? Get some fresh ideas on how to set the scene and rock this holiday.
Hup 1 * 2 * 3. Learn the secrets to creating a reading regimen for kids that helps them be all they can be. Gain ideas on how to transform your library into a reading base camp or how to bring an obstacle course to life.
What’s a genre? Kind of hard to describe, huh? That’s why the 7 genre dudes are here. They’re quite the characters and in no time kids will understand the differences between each of the genres and which ones they want to get to know better.
Martial arts in the library!? Definitely! Instill skill, discipline, fitness, confidence, and positive mindset in your young warriors. Get ideas for dynamic displays and more. For example, find out how to create a map showing the many places in the world that have martial arts traditions. Learning good, karate good, everything good.