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Librarian Archives: October & November 2020 *Being a Librarian During COVID-19*

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated on how things are going at the library during the dumpster fire that is 2020…

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In October and November we saw a decline in patrons coming into the building.  This is not surprising since Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in COVID cases since the middle of October.  Nevertheless, our library staff is working hard to serve our community and bring a smile to our patron’s faces.

I had the pleasure of working on Halloween, so I dressed up as “Wonder Librarian.”DisplaysBanned Books Week took place September 27th through October 3rd this year.  I work in a very conservative town, so my display had to be more “G” than I would have liked.  

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Halloween is a big holiday in my book.  I had a wonderful time adding some spooky touches to the library…

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Of course my book displays centered around creepy & atmospheric reads.

October was the first month I launched my Teen Virtual Library.  As part of my virtual library, I included a virtual book display.  Each book cover was linked to our library catalog where teens could read the book descriptions and request the book.

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On November 1st, down came the creepy and up when the turkeys!

The turkey wreath was one I made out of tulle & felt YEARS ago.  It fit in splendidly at the library.

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Who doesn’t love a good book turkey?

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For my virtual book display in November, I featured YA books for Native American Heritage Month and new (to our system) YA books for teens to “gobble up.”

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ProgrammingLike I mentioned above, October was the first month my Teen Virtual Library went live.  Below is my October virtual programming “room.”  Activities included a virtual scavenger hunt, a Halloween candy poll, a horror character to movie match, and a craft tutorial video.

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In October, I started offering take & make craft kits for teens & adults.  These kits include all the materials & instructions needed to complete the craft for patrons to grab and create at home.  I also created a tutorial video they could watch for step-by-step instructions.

For my November virtual library, I decided to run a teen photography challenge, a virtual art show – accepting submissions to run the “show” in December, a “would you rather” quiz, a virtual service project – making holiday cards for homebound individuals, and a craft tutorial video.

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I also used my November virtual library to promote the upcoming social justice book club that I am co-hosting with another youth services librarian.

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My November take & make craft kit was this book page leaf garland.

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Let'sChat

Do you visit your local library?  If so, what types of displays, programs, or take & make kits are they providing?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

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