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If you’re reading this blog you’re probably reading pretty green, at least when you can.  But…  are you really living green as you can? 

Check out these tips from The Onion to see what simple changes you can make.

Seriously though, Read Green and Live Green!

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I love telling stories and hearing stories. Who doesn’t? I went to the National Storytelling Festival for the first time last year and loved it! I heard the most amazing storytellers, and learned so much from them. It got me geared up and ready for my own scary stories night at the library for Halloween, which turned out to be a huge success and a blast.

However, as the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’, and while I don’t think any storyteller can ever be perfect – (the imperfections are part of what makes each storyteller unique and wonderful) – a little practice and observation is good for everyone.

So, if you’re a storyteller or just enjoy hearing stories you should check out this free monthly open-mic night at Dominican University in partnership with Illinois Storytelling Inc. I certainly plan to take part, even if I just feel like sitting back and listening in… I might, at the very least, learn a great new story to share.

 

This following info is from the Illinois Storytelling Inc. calendar online:

 

April 4 – River Forest Open Mic Storytelling

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY is now sponsoring a ONCE A MONTH open mic event for storytelling. Open Mic Night will be the first Saturday of the month, so mark your calendar and bring your stories. Bring your friends who want to learn how to tell stories. Bring your neighbors who want to hear stories. Eight minutes each.

7:00pm in the Rebecca Crown Room – it’s in the Springer
Suites on the lower level of the Rebecca Crown Library at Dominican University in River Forest.

Park in the west parking lot and go down the ramp; Springer Suites is direcly to the right as you enter.

There is a cafe just outside the room with coffee drinks and sandwiches.

7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

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For more information: jdelnegro@dom.edu or megan@meganwells.com

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Check out the Camping Club page for UPDATE 2009. We have decided on our destinations for this summer. If you’re interested in meeting up for coffee/tea/hot cocoa or marshmallows leave a comment or send me an email.

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Man, I wish I’d had one of these growing up!

This house was unveiled last summer to kick off their summer reading program. I moved last year and somehow my Winter 2008 copy of Children & Libraries was just forwarded to me about a month ago! I’m glad it finally made it though. Anyway, there are complete instructions on how to build your own included with the article. I just may have to try this one some day.

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That’s right!  We’ve got three fine camping destinations picked out for the upcoming summer already.  (I know it’s still really cold out, but we like to think ahead – makes us feel warmer.)  Check out the Loony Librarian – Wacky Web Developer Camping Club page for more details.

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Now, this is what I’m talking about! Way to go out in Medford.

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Patrons at Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library can challenge a library student working in circulation to a rollicking round of DDR to pay off fines! Go here for all the details in The Cabinet.

Maybe if I stockpile articles on other libraries doing this my library will let me do it too! (I’m more of a Guitar Hero type though.)

Although, on another note, I’ve been considering hosting a Guitar Hero tournament at my library. I haven’t brought up the idea to my boss yet because I have yet to figure out the specifics, and I’d like to do that before I make a proposal.

Has anyone out there ever hosted a Guitar Hero tournament? If you have, how did you organize it – like the rules and stuff? That’s where I’m stuck trying to figure out how best to manage it.

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any ideas or experience that might help.

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I have a new favorite thing…

I’m not sure why I haven’t played it before gaming night for class last week – we own the game at my library, and the teens love it. Granted they tend to want it all for themselves, but when I said to one of them, “How come y’all have never asked me to play?” She reminded me that she had, and I was too busy… Well, that’s about to change.

After I got home from our lively gaming class, I dragged my guitars (on loan from my fantastic boss at Brookfield Public Library), plugged them in to my PS2 and started playing. Needless to say, I went to bed way too late that night… My boyfriend is now hooked as well, and we have both played every night since. I started a band, LIBRARYSTORR, and I’m getting pretty good – whittling down the high scores now, and I find myself humming Kansas songs all day that I never even liked before.

How does this apply to libraries? I know the teens love to come here and play, because they do. My library has two different monthly events where we have gaming, and they are very well attended. Our last Late Night at the Library saw 54 teens in the building for 3 hours!

How does me knowing how to play the games figure in? I can relate to them. When they see me jumping around on the DDR mats, a little of that authority figure intimidation is gone. It brings some humanity to the library, and to me as the librarian. And, of course, there’s nothing more illuminating than having a casual conversation with a 16-year-old about how hard Freebird is on Medium.

As I continue to hone my new, if a little obsessive, skills on Guitar Hero I keep in the back of my head the practice of a fellow teen librarian that I’ve been impressed with ever since I first read about it on Jenny Levine’s blog, The Shifted Librarian. Maybe some day soon I’ll be good enough that teens in Brookfield can challenge me to release fines or get cool prizes.

Here’s a video of my first-ever Guitar Hero performance with my classmate and friend Marlene on bass (I’m the curly headed one on guitar), recorded by another classmate and friend, Ruth – The Utopian Library. (I swear I’m much better at this now!) 🙂 If you haven’t already, give it a try and enjoy!

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