Cheer Story: Southeast Regional Libraries Find Creative Ways to Stay in Touch!
Video-based programming and online learning is gaining momentum. With participants being unable to attend events in person, there is a significant demand for video-based learning! Libraries across the south east are taking advantage of this to stay in touch with their audience.
Submitted by Michelle Jensen, Branch Librarian, Redvers
Why are libraries doing online programming?
I have chosen to continue programming because I wanted to stay connected with my patrons and let them know that even though we are apart, we can still be together! Librarians do this job because they have a vested interest in their community and want to make sure that we can encourage our communities to become stronger by learning and growing together through literacy-based programs.
How are the libraries doing it?
I have recorded a new story time daily, as well as two (2) adult stories, and a couple of craft projects to do at home. The two adult story times have been a huge hit, and they can be found solely on the Redvers Public Library Facebook page. It is definitely worth a watch!
Any upcoming projects?
Right now we are in limbo. We are still planning for our upcoming Summer Reading Club and working on creating programs, but we have no idea as to when we will be able to proceed. I guess we will wait and see what the government comes up with in regards to slowly opening businesses.
We just encourage people to keep reading and keep their skills up. As librarians, we worry about the summer slide in reading so this year parents will need to stay consistent in keeping their kids reading as the "summer" got substantially longer! We hope everyone stays healthy and safe and continues to use all of the awesome resources available on the www.southeastlibrary.ca page, or on our Southeast Regional Library YouTube page!