Category Archives: Fun

Making a Library Makerspace

“Making a Library Makerspace: From Idea to Evaluation and Everything in Between”

Makerspaces have become quite a hot topic in libraries these days.  But what is a makerspace?  What does one look like?  What about getting a 3D printer?  And how do you know if this whole maker thing is a good fit for your library?

Take a tour of the College of San Mateo Library’s new makerspace, and benefit from the experience of a panel of librarians who have brought some aspect of maker culture into their library or institution. We’ll talk about what it takes to get started, some funding possibilities, putting ideas into practice, and finally evaluating and documenting all your hard work.

Date: Wednesday October 23
Time: 5:00PM – 7:30PM


5:00PM – 5:30PM   Tour of College of San Mateo’s Makerspace
5:30PM – 6:00PM   Meet & Greet
6:00PM – 7:00PM   Speaker Panel
7:00PM – 7:30PM   Networking & Snacks


Katherine Becvar, Adjunct Reference Librarian, College of San Mateo
Katherine Gaidos, Adult Services Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library


$10.00 BayNet Members
$20.00 non-BayNet Members

Directions & Parking Information:

Directions and parking information will be emailed to registrants. If you need a parking pass, be sure to check “Yes” on the registration form, under “Other Information.”



Through a collaboration between San Francisco State University and the Palo Alto Art Center, there is a new showcase featuring books as works of art, through either the creation of them, or the creation of something new using the books as raw material.  Visit this site for more information.

The Safety of Books

Here’s an interesting article on how books are better than the Internet, for documentation and archival reasons, and serve as better protection from censorship.  As great as the Internet is, the Way Back Machine can’t bring it all back.  Given that many new librarians are extremely adept with the new sources (databases and Web-based searches), maybe there should be some good hands-on training for what small amounts of print reference materials are still in the branches, for when network issues hit the buildings.  What do you think?  Do your staff members all know how to use the old and the new?

Reading has Value Added

The Harvard Business Review just put up an interesting post about how readers tend to be more successful as leaders.  In addition to just being fun, and reducing stress, readers generally have higher verbal and emotional intelligence, more skills in organizational management, and increased abstract reasoning skills.  And here I thought I was just kicking back with a good book.

Reading and Relaxing

Reading and Relaxing

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a great idea for promoting library love this year!  Heidi Has a Hobby photographed the fabulous image below, which a co-worker created.

Love Your Library with a heart display

Love Your Library, indeed!

Happy 2013!

We’re already four days into 2013, and most everyone should be back on the floor or at their desks.  You’ll probably see an upswing on circulation of diet and exercise books, but librarian Joy Weese Moll, a contributor to The Huffington Post, distills three crucial bits of advice gleaned from books for making those resolution dreams come true.

Book Club Questions Answered!

This site has been around for a while, so you may have heard of it already.  ReadingGroupGuides is helpful, because not only does it list discussion questions for thousands of popular book club titles, but it also has a list of what is the most popular, and how to get a book club going.

In addition, it also offers some opportunity for interaction, with polling questions, and becoming a formally registered book club.  Authors, librarians and booksellers are interviewed as well, and there are giveaways and opportunities to win books.

So, the next time a patron asks you what their club should read, you can wow them by giving them a title, and a list of discussion questions to go with it!

Abridged book club cartoon

Medieval Tech Support

If you’ve ever helped a new computer user, or taught a class as part of your library’s services, you should relate to this hilarious video.  Unless you speak Norwegian, make sure you have your reading glasses on.  The subtitles are pretty small.  View it here.

Medieval Tech Support image

Teens’ Top Ten

Yalsa has released its top ten nominations for teen reads.  Check it out here!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Mini Libraries

The news is going crazy over these new lending libraries that are sweeping, if not the nation, then rural areas.  Check out the video of one of the cutest little libraries to ever exist here.

The Little Library below though is from Faribault, Minnesota, where it is amenably managed by retirees filling in the book availability gap between monthly bookmobile visits.

Little Library