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WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:55pm
The Value of my LibraryI just was reading about the value of libraries and thought our readers might be interested.
According to a report from the Utah State Library Division, the economic return to taxpayers’ investment in public libraries is $7.35 per public tax dollar (or $1.00) expended. The ROI (Return on Investment) was calculated by dividing the total economic value of public libraries minus the total direct benefit ($706,854,261 - $84,617,790 = $622,236,471) by the public tax support ($84,617,790) for all public libraries in Utah. This return per dollar of taxpayer funds comes back to taxpayers in the form of the value of public library services and the economic contribution of public libraries to the economy.

Wow talk about value for your money! Libraries rock. Join us for our National Library week celebrations this week. Check out our webpage,  www.bcpl.lib.ut.us for a full list of activities.

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants

Library Grants - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:21pm
Deadline: June 16, 2014

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to school libraries and bookmobile programs, as well as charitable organizations [501(c)(3)] or other non-taxable organizations that have lending libraries. The Foundation gives to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 2014 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases for children preschool through grade 8  Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their children's book collections generally or to expand their holdings in specific areas. More details regarding the grant program and a link to the application can be found on their Grant Program Information web page.

The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program

Library Grants - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:29pm
Deadline: Ongoing

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and helps establish small libraries for organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. Founded in 1990, the Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. In 2004, the Lisa Libraries contributed over 15,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country. Visit the website for easy application criteria.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants

Library Grants - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:49pm
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting preschool through 3rd grade reading programs such as library storytimes, book clubs and after-school reading events that foster a love of reading. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Your library must be within 100 miles of a Target stores in order to apply for a Target grant. The application is available online.

Outside the Box

Library Grants - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:04pm
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun community activities. Through a competitive application process, public libraries and their communities will be selected based on characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, local leadership, and innovative ideas for events and community activities. This year, up to 20 U.S. communities will participate in Outside the Box, developed and funded by Redbox, and managed by OCLC in partnership with Project for Public Spaces. 
Program participants will create a shared community space and hold an initial kickoff event to introduce the gathering place, such as:
  • Unused land outside the library becomes a small park, with benches and shade umbrellas, where people can read or visit outdoors.
  • A library parking lot is turned into a public market space on weekends.
  • A park next to the library is used for a concert or storytelling event.
Participants selected for Outside the Box will receive consultation and support on event and space design, event planning, and material selection selection of up to $5,000 in reusable materials provided by Redbox. Ideal applicants will complete free online training, brainstorm with their community, identify community partners, and host an Outside the Box community event between July – October 2014.

The application process is via a letter with the following information:
  • goals, relevant activities, and needs
  • summary information about the public library (service population, community makeup, etc.)
  • a map of the location (site plans or a Google map view)
  • a list of at least three community partners
  • examples of events that will be held
  • details from a community brainstorming/planning session, such as number of participants, survey reports, and ideas discussed.
For more information and to apply visit the website

Learning 3.0

Utah Libraries - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:20pm
I am considering ways to make learning in libraries more meaningful. The Serious e-Learning Manifesto published in March 2014 sparks both thought and action. It is the brainchild of Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn, and Will Thalheimer, national e-learning gurus. One truth discussed … Continue reading →

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:23am
I Can Quack like that!
This week for our Story Time classes we read about ducks. We read Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup, Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman, It's Quacking Time by Martin Waddell, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Watson and Ducks don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek. I made flannel board pieces to tell the Ducks don't Wear Socks story. This book is a simple story about all the silly things a duck wears to try and make a serious girl smile. In the end she turns the tables on him and makes duck laugh by dressing up like a duck. I like this story because the duck is a mallard and gives the children a chance to see a different type of duck. They are not all just fuzzy and yellow.

Ducks Don't Wear Socks Flannel BoardWe sang 5 Little Ducks with some stick puppets and sang Little Duckie Duddle by Carole Peterson from her CD Tiny Tunes. We played a game called Do like a duck does. I had several rubber ducks of different colors on the board and as we said the poem we would take down each duck and do the action. The poem is:
I am a little yellow duck,
as happy as can be.
You can be my special friend
If you talk like me!
Rubber Duck Poem/Flannel Board 
For each duck we changed the color and the action, we swam, walked, shook our tail feathers, and flapped our wings. It was a great wiggle activity and went well with the 10 Rubber Ducks story.

For our craft we made a duck from a paper plate, some feathers, and some construction paper feet, beak and head. Simple and cute glue activity. For our take home pages, I sent home a set of five little ducks for the children to color, so they could sing the 5 little ducks song at home and a maze titled  "Help the duck find the pond".

5 Little Ducks song puppets
    Next Week: Bunny Rabbits
    Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian
Paper plate duck craft

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:00am
Heigh Ho! The Piggy Oh...This week in Story time we continued our farm animal theme with pigs. We read the books Piggies by Audrey Wood, Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Church, Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu, Piggy Pie Po by Audrey Wood, Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman and Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems.

In the book Ping Pong Pig the little pig jumps on a trampoline in an attempt to fly. So I pulled out the parachute and used a pig puppet to have the children assist the pig in "flying". It was great fun to try and get the pig to jump as high as the ceiling. In the end we discovered that pigs don't fly, just bounce.

I used the same pig puppet to sing the song, Pig on her Head by Laurie Berkner. It was fun to have the children come up one by one and we sang about the pig, their name and where the pig was sitting. On noses, necks, toes and ears we funny places for our pig to sit. It goes like this...
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
and she keeps it there all day!

Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
and he keeps it there all day!

...and so on, until everyone who wanted a turn had one.

I looked at  the end papers of the book Happy Pig Day for inspiration for our craft. In the front of the book the character Piggy is holding a sign that says I love Pigs. In the back the character Gerald(an elephant)
is dressed up in a pig nose and is holding a I love Pigs sign. So naturally we created a I Love Pigs sign and a pig nose to wear. To make the noses, we cut a paper tube into thirds, covered it with pink construction paper then taped a pink circle to the top. Punch two holes on the sides and tie some elastic string in the holes so we could wear them around our head. To make our signs I pre-printed the words and the heart and the children colored them in. Then we just taped the paper to a Popsicle stick. We practiced saying Happy Pig Day in pig, which is, "Oinky, Oink, Oink!"  We even wore our noses and waved our signs when we sang the goodbye song at the end of the day.

Next week: Ducks
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Albert Einstein is one of my favorite people in the universe

Utah Libraries - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:26pm
Albert Einstein is one of my favorite people in the universe. No, I didn’t meet him personally; no matter my current age I was way beyond his time. When I first had an awareness of him I was in high school, or … Continue reading →

Pew Research Defines Library Users – Yet Again?

21st Century Library Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:41am
Pew Research Internet Project has released the third in its series of research “on the topic of public libraries’ changing role in Americans’ lives and communities.” From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond “serves as a capstone to the three … Continue reading →

Library Events 3/27

The library will be presenting four programs on Thursday, March 27! All are free and open to the public.

What: Children's afterschool program on Great Basin archaeology
Where: Lake Bonneville Room
When: 3:30 PM
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What: A visit with Utah regency romance author Sarah M. Eden
Where: Lake Bonneville Room
When: 6:30 PM
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What: Email and Internet basics class
Where: Old Juniper Room
When: 7:00 PM
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What: Helicon West featured reader & open mic night
Where: Jim Bridger Room
When: 7:00 PM
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Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:00am

Welcome back to Story time! We had a great first week to our Spring session. We talked about farms and farm animals. We read, Say Hello! Like This by Mary Murphy, Flip Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler, Simms Taback's Farm Animals, Funny Farm by Mark Teague, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Driving my Tractor with the CD by Jan Dobbins. It was fun to listen to the music that goes along with the story and we added some simple actions for the part of the story that goes, "Chug, Chug, Clank, Clank, Toot!"

We played a game with some of our animal puppets. I would like to be a...cow, goat, frog, pig, etc. Where would I live if I were a cow? What would I eat if I was a pig? How would I sound if I was a frog? It was fun to talk about the answers. Interestingly, I showed the monkey and asked where would I live? A little girl said, "The Zoo!" "That is true, but where else could I live?" I asked.  This stumped them! I guess they have never encountered a monkey in the wild, so this wasn't where they expected to find them.

We sang Old MacDonald and used a paper bag "barn" as a prop to put in different animals as we sang about them. At the end of class, we created a paper bag barn for each of the children to take home, so they could sing the song to their family. I gave each of the children a sheet of animals to color to put into the paper bag barn.

I showed the children some seeds and they tried to guess what kind of plant would grow from each seed. I had a large variety of sizes, from pumpkin to carrots. Many of the children wanted to touch the seeds to explore them that way. We discovered that pumpkin seeds are smooth and beet seeds are very bumpy and rough.

Next week: Pigs!
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Free Practice Tests

Harold B. Lee Library News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 2:47pm

If you are preparing for graduate school the library can help. We offer a variety of free practice tests.

Click here to learn more.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants

Library Grants - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:26pm
DEADLINE EXTENDED!: March 15 March 30, 2014

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 26th year of its Minigrant Program with a call for proposals. Approximately 70 grants of $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by May 1.

Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats (writer and illustrator) are welcome, but not required. Creative programs funded in the past have included:
  • Ongoing pen-pal projects bringing disparate communities together,
  • Multi-cultural portrait projects,
  • Art projects culminating in art shows, murals, or quilts,
  • Bookmaking,
  • Creation and performance of puppet shows or plays,
  • Inter-generational journals.
For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Staff Reading Pick

Book: Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore edited by W. Paul Reeve and Michael Scott Van Wagenen

Recommended by: Joseph, Adult Nonfiction Librarian

If you live in a predominantly Mormon area, you may have heard stories linking the biblical Cain to Bigfoot, or whispers about the Bear Lake Monster. Have you ever wanted to know more about the intersection between Mormonism and the supernatural? Where did these stories originate? Why do they perpetuate? Seven such topics are examined in this title from USU Press.

Want more reading suggestions? View previous staff picks.

Health Care Resources

Are you looking to sign up for health insurance now that it's federally mandated? Just want information on health care reform and the Affordable Care Act? Check out the links and information below.

  • Find local assistance with applying for health care at TakeCareUtah.org.
  • Call United Way at 211 for an free appointment with a Navigator. Navigators are volunteers who are trained to help people understand their health insurance options and complete the enrollment process.
  • Go straight to the federal sites at HealthCare.gov (English) & CuidadoDeSalud.gov (Español). Other languages are also available.
  • View our list of books in the library about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act.

For your information, everyone must be insured for the 2014 tax year to avoid penalties. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014.

Bomerang donations

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am
We just received a donation of four Boomerang yearbooks from the Box Elder High School from 1942 through 1945.  These are a wonderful bit of history and add to the missing years in our collection.  We are grateful to the family of Dawn Mills for donating these to us.

 We have one friend of our library who makes routine checks at the DI for these old yearbooks and who has found a few to add to our collection. If you are helping a loved one clean out their home and you find these old Boomerang yearbooks, please think of the library before you toss them out. I know the high school does have copies, but it is nice to have them at a place they are easier for everyone to access.

Our library collection starts with the year 1914 and we are missing 1919, 1921, 1927, 1929, 1931-1936, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968.  It would be nice to have the whole collection up to the current date but we'd probably run out of space so we're just hoping to fill in some of the spaces for the older books.



WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:24am
To the Moon and Beyond is a fun hands on science class that has been happening for the last two weeks at Brigham City Library and will continue for two more weeks.  Steve Hill and Barbara Findley have been teaching the class.  The first week the children and parents learned about the Phases of the Moon using Oreo Cookies and how craters were formed on the moon using flour and cocoa,

This week they made edible lunar rover and walked "on the moon."


Friends of the Library

Anyone who loves the library is invited to join the Friends of the Logan Library! The group meets monthly and supports and promotes the library in our community.

When: Second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 PM
Where: Logan Library, Jim Bridger Room

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.

Pros and Cons of Outside CE Trainers

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:38pm
At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I earned a PhD in Adult and Continuing Education over 20 years ago. Since then it’s hard for me to sit in CE classes on any topic and not critique the development … Continue reading →
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