Friday, December 5, 2014

December updates

Hi, everyone!

Just a few more useful bits of information for all of you. Contact me directly if anything needs explaining. 

For general information about the day, including sample press releases, logo images for use, and promotional materials to purchase, visit 

Registration: This year, we are asking everyone to register as a participant (It's FREE) via our survey. To *bribe you*, I will tell you that everyone who registers will be entered into a prize drawing of about 20 prizes. I have been saving them all year including some great Readalongs from Recorded Books, so please register here for a chance to win one: (Deadline for prize drawing January 20).

Volunteers are always welcome as are sponsors (give prizes or other materials to help out) and supporters (authors, publishers, dignitaries who want to send us a photo, quote or other verbal endorsement for the website). 

Please email me with questions or concerns or ideas at any time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from all of you - caugusta [at] stratfordlibrary [dot] org 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

State/Province/Region representatives!

Since I have sent a few (or 100) emails recently about state representatives, just wanted to get the info on how to volunteer front and center. Please email me at caugusta [at] stratfordlibrary [dot] org with any question whatsoever. It is always a true joy to hear from any librarian, especially one from a different part of the country/continent/world, so if you are on the fence, just think how excited I will be to get your email--write us!


2015 Welcome!

Welcome back to Take Your Child to the Library Day 2015. If you participated in the past, welcome back. If this is your first year, welcome! It's easy to participate. This year, we will have a registration form coming soon so we can send you updates from time to time. We also love to hear what each library is doing, so please send us your news using the comments section!

A special welcome to Lindsey S at the Eudora Public Library. She is our newest state representative from the great state of Kansas. We look forward to sharing ideas with our colleagues in Kansas, Lindsey!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An award winning program!

Take Your Child to the Library Day has won the Connecticut Library Association Faith Hektoen Award for outstanding program for 2014. Congratulations to Nadine, Caitlin, and every participating library for making this event award winning!

Monday, February 3, 2014

I'm still playing catch up!

While all of you fill out your surveys, I have several more batches of libraries to welcome! I still haven't combed through all the Facebook posts, so expect to see some more posts in the days to come!

Phillips Public Library, Phillips, Maine
Alice Baker Library, Eagle, WI, part of the Waukesha County Federated Library System

Wright Branch Library, Wright, Wyoming (Our first Wyoming library!)
Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Welcome back!)
Rockville Public Library, Vernon, CT (Welcome back!)
The Hudson Falls Free Library, Hudson Falls, NY
Onondaga County Public Library system in NY (16 libraries) - Check out the events page for all their wonderful event ideas to steal, um, I mean borrow, for next year!
--Baldwinsville Public Library
--DeWitt Community Library
--Fairmount Community Library
--Fayetteville Free Library
--(NOPL) @ Brewerton Library
--NOPL @ Cicero Library
--NOPL @ North Syracuse Library
--Onondaga Free Library
--Salina Library (Mattydale, NY)
--Solvay Public Library
--Robert P. Kinchen Central Library:
--Betts Branch Library:
--Hazard Branch Library:
--Paine Branch Library:
--Soule Branch:
--White Branch Library:

The Montauk Library in Montauk, NY
Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY
Evans City Public Library in Evans City PA
Massillon Public Library, in Massillon, OH
Dresser Village Library (WI)
The Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, New York
Manchester Public Library, CT (Welcome back!)

Way more than 470 libraries and 42 states!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Have a great time, tomorrow! And don't forget surveys and photos!

I hope everyone is ready for a great day tomorrow. Please remember to fill out the survey - remember, leave any questions that aren't easy to answer blank - (we don't want you to spend an hour on this, just a quick response is great). You can find it under the SURVEY tab here on the blog.

Also check out the PHOTO tab if you want to upload photos to our Flickr page. We'd love to see your library's events ... and so would everyone else!

Ready for fun?!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Welcomes

Sorry, I took a day off from welcomes to get a few things ready for our own celebration this Saturday! So I have a little catching up to do :) If you don't see your library or events on the Events page, please feel free to send me another comment or talk to us on Facebook!

Huge and excited welcomes to ...
The South St. Paul Public Library, South St. Paul, Minnesota
The Oskaloosa Public Library, Oskaloosa, Iowa
The Rowan County Public Library, Morehead, KY
Derry Public Library in Derry, NH 
Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY - all branches
Navajo County libraries, AZ including 
- Cibecue Community Library
- Clay Springs Public Library
- Holbrook Public Library
- Rim Community Library (Heber, AZ)
- Hopi Public Library
- Kayenta Community Library
- Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library
- McNary Community Library
- Pinedale Public Library
- Show Low Public Library
- Snowflake-Taylor Public Library
- Whiteriver Public Library
- Winslow Public Library
- Woodruff Community Library
The Aurora Free Library, Aurora, NY
Stephenville Public Library,  Stephenville, TX
St. Johns County Public Library, FL at its Ponte Vedra Beach and Southeast branches
The Burke County Public Library System, NC at The Morganton Library, the Valdese Library, and the Hildebran Library
Plattsville Public Library, Ontario Canada - Welcome back!
Brewer Public Library, Brewer, ME
Webster Library, Kingfield, ME
Rockland Public Library, Rockland, Maine

Way more than 444 libraries and counting!!! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend welcomes!

There are so many of you to welcome with SUCH wonderful ideas! (I started writing comments on how much I want to attend each library's celebration. I really love each of your celebrations so, so much). I think* I have everybody up to date and any additions or corrections, but please comment and let me know if I didn't. Some of these have required research to establish the name or proper title of your town/city, so let's hope my librarian skills didn't fail me!

A note for the catalogers ... I have started organizing libraries by town name if it is not the name of their library. This is not yet consistent on the blog, but probably will be ... um ... before next year :) Thus, check for your library under its name OR its town name if they are different.

Welcome to...

Marion Public Library in Marion, Ohio
Cortland Free Library, Cortland, NY 
Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth NH - Welcome back!
Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Effingham Public Library, Effingham, NH
Hall Memorial Library in Northfield, NH
Marysville Public Library from Marysville, OH
Rockford Carnegie Library in Rockford, OH 
The Plum Lake Library in Sayner, WI, 
The Central Library in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System 
Mentor Public Library in Mentor, Ohio
Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis, OH 
Walworth-Seely Public Library in Walworth New York 
Peters Township Public Library (PA?)
Sioux City Public Library (IA)
Scotland County Memorial Library in Laurinburg, NC
Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, MA
Fairview Public Library in Margaretville, NY
Pequot Library, CT - Welcome welcome back! 

The Essential Club Free Library in Canaseraga, New York

Way, way over 414 libraries and counting! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Snow Day Policies, Surveys, and Photos

Hi, everyone!

As we approach the big day, a few housekeeping items for everyone
- If it SNOWS (Ssh, not too loudly), you may use any day in the month of February as a replacement with your regular activities you had planned that day. We're very flexible about that.
- Surveys - The survey link on the blog is now active. Please fill it out after February 1st so we know how your day went. It's not supposed to take very long, so if you can't fill in any of the boxes, just leave them blank. Surveys are due February 28 or so.
- Photos - If you would like to update photos to our Flickr account, instructions for that will be up to date very soon (I just have to update the file later this week). We love to see your awesomeness in action.

Please also feel free to post photos, comments, or ideas on our Facebook page or here in the comments section at any time. We look forward to hearing from all of you whenever you have a spare moment!

Thank you!

New Welcomes and some Belated Welcomes (But Heartfelt)

I cleaned out the comments and found a few libraries I hadn't added. So, here are all of today's welcomes, old and new, we're delighted to have you!

Ulysses Philomathic Library & Trumansburg Elementary School Library in Trumansburg, NY
Amagansett Free Library in Amagansett, NY
Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, NY
Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown New York
The Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton, CT
Lancaster Public Library
The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, NY  
Chelmsford Public Library, Chelmsford, MA 
Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties NY 
The Hauppauge Public Library in Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) 
Babcock Library in Ashford, Ct 
Stephenson Memorial Library, Greenfield,
Newburgh Free Library in Newburgh, NY
Marlboro Free Library in Marlboro, NY 

Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Way more than 396 libraries and counting!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snowy welcomes to ...

Sandwich Public LibraryPerry Public Library, Perry, OH
Plattsville Public Library, Plattsville, Ontario, Canada - welcome back!
Christian County Library, Ozark, MO 
Ligonier Public Library, Ligonier, Indiana 
The Hudson Area Association Library in Hudson, NY
Springvale Public Library in Springvale ME 

Kingsville Public Library from Kingsville, OH

Way more than 380 libraries participating!
So, yes, it may not be snowing where you are, but here in Connecticut it is a delightful 6 degrees.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today, we welcome....

Eight times the fun, with...

Readsboro Community Library in Readsboro, Vermont
Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library in Tilden, NE
The Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA 
Goffstown Public Library, Goffstown, NH
North Tonawanda Public Library, North Tonawanda, NY
Morley Library in Painesville, OH
New Woodstock Free Library in New Woodstock NY 
Renssalear Public Library in Rensselaer, NY

Way more than 372 libraries participating :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Redux - Important Information

Just to gather up a few important pieces of info all in one place ...

Logo files and other resources at: 

Bookmarks, posters, etc. at Demco

Enter our prize giveaway contest here (Deadline January 21 at 6 p.m. EST)

Visit our California rep's page for more giveaways here!

Friday Welcomes!

Valley Cottage Library, Valley Cottage, NY
East Hampton Library, NY   
The Highland Branch of the Rochester (NY) Public Library System 
Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston ME 
Iredell County Public Library in Statesville, NC
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, NY 
Rose Memorial Library, Stony Point, New York
Lyons Public Library, Lyons, NY  
Lapeer District Library, Lapeer, Michigan
Sunshine Hall Free Library, Eldred NY 

Springfield Town Library, Springfield, Vermont
Daniel Pierce Library, Grahamsville NY  (I feel impressed I figured this one out; I only had the performer's name and the date in your comment :) )

Way more than 365 participating libraries!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

Pulaski County Library District, Waynesville, Missouri 
Coal City Public Library District, Coal City, IL
Camden County Public Library in Camden, NC
Chester Public Library in Chester, NY  
Sanbornton Public Library in Sanbornton, NH  
Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, NY 
The Lyell Branch of the Rochester (NY) Public Library  
West Babylon Public Library (NY) 
Hazard Library Association in Poplar Ridge, NY 
Edith B. Ford Memorial Library in Ovid NY 

The Baldwinsville Public Library in Baldwinsville, New York

Such a busy morning for new visitors! Thanks for all your notes; your ideas are fabulous! 
Way more than 350 new libraries!

Logo and Other Resources

Claudia and others looking for the logo:

Please see our resource page for the logo and other resources 

Don't forget to visit Demco/Upstart for bookmarks, posters, etc. for Take Your Child to the Library Day

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome times 1000!

My list of welcomes is becoming a liiittttlle bit long, but I persevere!

Newark Public Library in Newark, NY
South Huntington Public Library in Huntington Station, NY
Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, OH
Hampstead Public Library (NH I believe?)
Farman Free Library in Ellington, NY
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library in Valley Stream, NY (Welcome back)
Greece Public Library, Greece, NY
New York Libraries - Take Your Child to the Library Week - wow, I guess NY *is* the city that never sleeps :) Although we hope for the sake of parents, that the children do :) 

A note regarding our official count: Now that the three libraries of New York City (Brooklyn, NYPL, and Queens) are participating with their Take Your Child to the Library Week, along with numerous other library systems in Georgia, Missouri, and elsewhere, to name a few, I can no longer say I have a specific count of libraries, since we have many branches involved. Thus, my official terminology is now "Many more than 300 libraries" - When the surveys come in, I will give you an official number of participating patrons and programs (again, probably we won't catch everyone) and that will have to be the official reckoning. Aren't statistics grand :) Caitlin

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Welcome to...

Tennessee!, our newest new state and Maury County Public Library! You're our 40th state!

Welcome to our many New York libraries including Westhampton Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, Woodward Memorial Library!

Welcome to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system in Virginia!

Welcome back to Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls, VT and the Cheshire Public Library in CT! Make new friends, but keep the old, so welcome back!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

More Ways to Win Big on Take Your Child to the Library Day!

If your library is participating in Take Your Child to the Library Day (and of course you are!), please visit our California state rep's page here to learn how to receive 5 free digital subscriptions to Bookboard to give away to library patrons on Take Your Child to the Library Day. This is a free giveaway and so incredibly generous, so we hope you all take advantage of this extra prize for EVERY participating library.

Too many to count!

We are welcoming many new libraries today, so forgive me if I miss a few.
Welcome Copiague Memorial Library and Vineland Public Library (NY and NJ respectively). Welcome back Edgecombe Memorial Library and Gates Public Library (NC and NY respectively).
Welcome to Wheeler Library in North Stonington, CT
Welcome to San Jacinto and Santa Clarita libraries in California
Welcome to the Rochester, NY Monroe County libraries

Whew! Glad to have you all :)

38 states!

Big welcome to Homer Public Library in Alaska and Boyd County Public Library in Kentucky for being our first libraries in those states. So wonderful. We're at 38 states and 299 libraries. Care to make it 300? Submit a comment and let us know you are participating!

Also welcome to Dover, Ohio, Gibson Branch, Henderson Nevada, Forest-Jackson Public Library, Ohio. I am very jealous of Gibson Branch's "All Day Craft Buffet" and Forest-Jackson's "Superbowl craft" so please stay in touch with ideas and feedback.

News tonight or tomorrow about prizes for participating libraries. Stay tuned. Don't forget to Like our Facebook page for other updates. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Welcome to...

Screven County Library in Sylvania, Georgia and Jenkins County Memorial Library in Millen Georgia. Also, The Trove at the White Plains Public Library. Welcome!

Plus, the Cherryfield Public Library, in Cherryfield Maine will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their NEW Puzzles and Game Room! How amazingly great is that! We all want pictures :)

Thanks for the updates ...

Canterbury Library and Durham Public Library. Decorate Snoopy's House and play Xbox Kinect? Where do I sign up! v. jealous.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Welcome to ...

Monroe County Library System in Rochester, NY and welcome back to Ackley Public Library, in Ackley, Iowa! So many nice notes this morning from all of you!

Welcome to...

Amesbury Public Library in Massachusetts, Richmond Public Library in New Hampshire and Mifflin Community Library in Pennsylvania! We're glad to have you :)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Prize Giveaway Contest!

It's that time! I'm officially announcing the Take Your Child to the Library Day prize giveaway contest. All you have to do is fill out the form with your contact information and the web address of your library's events for the day (so an online flyer, a webpage, a social media page, whatever). I have a few prizes already from the awesome Recorded Books as well as a signed book from Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and I hope to get more so as many prizes as I can get that's how many winners there will be! Entries due January 21 at 6 p.m. I will mail them out January 22. Good luck!

Welcome to ...

Welcome to Pickerington Public Library, Napoleon Public Library, Atwater Memorial Library, and Winslow Public Libraries! We're glad to have you!