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sunflower to colorWhat fun! A growing list of libraries, archives and museums are creating coloring pages for the #ColorOurCollections event running from Feb 1 to 5.

Started by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library there are over 50 organizations participating. So many fabulous images to print and color!

Follow the twitter hashtag #ColorOurCollections for links to images.


Update (Feb 9, 2016) For more on this project and links to some of the coloring books available for printing:


Pinterest Contest Idea from Peachpit

Peachpit PressPeachpit Press, the folks that publish the great Visual Quickstart series (and more!), are running a nifty Pinterest board competition. Basically you create a board with the name they provided, repin their pin with the rules and then pin 5 or more of their products. If you win, you get some free books. What a great idea to get more exposure for their products, gain more followers and connect with customers.

Of course my first thought was how easy it would be for libraries and schools do the same sort of thing. I’m sure some libraries have already done this and I’d love to hear details.

Pinning a board of favorite books, authors, movies, etc. seems like an obvious choice. Or how about pinning photos of historic sites in town, or favorite businesses – great way to connect with local business community. Or a scavenger hunt that leads people around the library, school, campus, town – and have them  post pictures from the locations. Lots of fun ideas! And just one more excuse for me to go back and search Pinterest to see if anyone has already done something like this.

But first, I need to finish my 2013 New Year’s Resolution with Peachpit Press board so I can win some books!!!


Census 2010 – Be Counted

It’s Census 2010 time!  And it’s important that everyone respond by April 1. For every uncounted person, communities lose out on federal funding and services. It’s estimated that my region will lose about $1,600 annually for each person missed. Over the next 10 years, that’s $16,000 for every person missed. Ouch!

The Census Bureau has lots of resources to help community organizations remind people to respond.

In the 2010 Census, every household is receiving the Short Form (PDF) – only 10 questions to fill out. The long form that used to be mailed to  approximately 1 in 6 households has been eliminated and replaced with the ongoing American Community Survey.  The ACS  form (PDF) is mailed to around 250,000 households per month, producing a sample of 1 in 40 over a year’s time and providing much a more up to date profile of our population.

Some households will receive both the 2010 Census Short Form AND the ACS form this month, they do have to fill out both. (ACS and the 2010 Census)

And for your inner Census geek, here’s the 2010 Data Product Release Schedule.

Books selected by your neighbors

What a fun idea from Half Hollow Hills Community Library.

“We invite our patrons to display their favorite books, authors, music, or movies to share with their neighbors.”

More info: Read Like Larry

What your neighbor Larry selected
Originally uploaded by HHHCL

“It’s My Story” – Seniors Memory Project

It's My Story “It’s My Story” is a lovely project by the East Greenbush (NY) Community Library that celebrates the stories of seniors who live at a nearby retirement center. Stories and photos were combined to create online memory books.

But what a neat surprise it was for me to get an email from my cousin saying her mother was one of the participants. I’m looking forward to the reception where printed copies of the books will be presented to the participants and they’ll share their stories with the community.

The library will host a reception and storytelling program celebrating the stories in words and pictures of some of the local, vibrant senior citizens who reside at Hawthorne Ridge. Professional storyteller Mary Murphy will entertain and enlighten our audience with stories of how this project evolved and the wonderful stories shared by the residents. Kathy Nardarcci is the project’s photography consultant who instructed the residents on digital camera usage and enabled the creation of their storybooks. A display featuring the photographic storybooks will be on display during the whole month of September at the library. The event is open to all. This project was made possible by an Outreach grant from the Upper Hudson Library System, the Friends of the East Greenbush Library and Northeast Health’s Hawthorne Ridge Retirement Community. (via:  events calendar)

Ushahidi – crowdsourcing information in a a crisis

Ushahidi is a fascinating and wonderful project for reporting crisis information.

Welcome to Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, where we are building a platform that crowdsources crisis information. Allowing anyone to submit crisis information through text messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form.

An open source platform for gathering information about events and incidents during a crisis. People can report an event via phone, email or web form. Information is displayed on interactive maps and timelines.

(via: Buffy Hamilton on twitter)