TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - November 5, 2020

TRANSCRIPT

Directors' Chat
Thursday, November 5, 2020

 

  Bill from Mt. Vernon: Once again, any word on the next round of IMLS grants?

  Janet-Carlinville Public Library: HI Ellen, Did you have a chance to look into my question from last week's chat: A part time staff member has taken several plane trips since the library reopened.  I need a policy to help cover this as we have paid for her to quarantine twice. Another question, is a policy to cover plane travel even legal?

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: How is everyone this afternoon?

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Janet, I'm no HR expert and am happy for colleagues to chime in. 

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Since Illinois has become a "hotter" spot, traveling to other locations that could be considered hot spots seems not much different than going somewhere else in Illinois.

  Mahomet John H: Janet - I feel you probably don't have to keep paying for those quarantines but don't have any legal background to back that up

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Honestly, I would look at whether or not it's worth it to retain that employee at all.

  Mahomet John H: Is anyone else taking advantage of the LocaLCures grants for pandemic supplies.  We have been approved for $1945 so far and hope to get more

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: Can you share info John?

  Deb Paxton Carnegie: I've received tubs this week that are dated just one day prior. I thought they were being held at the hub 5 days now?

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Yes, we applied for some. I can't remember the amount.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Wow---that's a sizeable grant for PPC.  John, is this the correct link?  https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/AboutDCEO/GrantOpportunities/Pages/2433-1681.aspx

  Michelle Barclay PLD: I need to look into that, John. My PPE for libraries application had 1 box that the pdf form would not type in. They were trying to sort it out, but I haven't heard anything further. :(

  Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: I may be totally wrong, but thought we were required to pay employee to quarantine if they were exposed in the workplace or performing a function for the library.  Otherwise they have to take sick.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: We are, and our City Clerk is sending in all of the information for all of the different departments. We just got reimbursed almost $35,000 for employees wages.

  Mahomet John H: Ellen yes that looks like it

  Angie -- Trenton Public: Just for fun ---- My favorite part of these Director Chats is when I log in and the notice shows up on my computer PREPARING THE ROOM.  It is like you all have to be prepared in advance for the crazy that is me!

  Susan IHLS: @Deb...incoming tub, yes?

  Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: vacation, sick or unpaid leave.

  Mahomet John H: Monica you did better than we did.  I didn't ask for money for salaries.

  Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Susan..yes

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: @John, Thanks!

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Monica - was that for quarantine reimbursement?

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @John My City Clerk brought it to my attention and asked for my salary reports.

  Susan IHLS: We hold the incoming tubs that drivers pick up for 5 days now. It may be a bit to see that result as we are trying to get from the seven day quarantine to the five day. There are over 1000 tubs between the hubs that must be sorted.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Bobbi Yes.

  Deb Paxton Carnegie: Ok..thanks

  Shelley: @Maria Dent. That would make more sense to do it that way. But I think the thing is how do you prove she got it on the plane vs. work. It's a tough one.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Bobbi- Sorry, not quarantine, just working from home to mitigate.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Gotcha, thanks

  Kristina Benson-Du Quoin Public: @Monica, our City Clerk just asked for the same information. 

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: We had discussions early on about how difficult it could be to proved where someone contracted the virus unless there was an identified exposure.

  Susan IHLS: @Deb...then that would be correct. We date the tub as to the last time we have touched that tub. Which in best scenarios is the day before. We do not quarantine what we send out. Mainly because our thought is that the tubs we are sorting, we have quarantined already.

  Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: @ Monica...agreed

  Shelley: Hi everyone! I got a weird one today. Has nothing to do with quarantine or covid though.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Please ask, Shelley! 

  Mahomet John H: SO - I want to hear more about how libraries intend to respond to their region being placed in Tier 2 or Tier 3 mitigations.  We are all in Tier 1 now if I understand correctly.

  Shelley: Has anyone every tried to "tip" you or your employees at work? And how did you handle the situation or what did you tell the patron trying to "tip."

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: @Angie - haha!  I hope you don't think that is why I met you at the cemetery!

  Susan IHLS: @Angie...lol for some reason that so made me laugh. Thank you.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We were looking at doing some in-person programming this winter, but if we move to tier 2, we won't. If we move to tier 3, we'll go back to curbside service.

  Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @ Shelley - we try to decline tips but usually mention that we do accept chocolate.

  Kristina Benson-Du Quoin Public: @Shelley, we have a "Fines for Others" tip jar

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Lisa LOTS of chocolate!!

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - we do have patrons tip. We have a communal tip box and we use the money to have pizza or Jimmy Johns for the whole staff.

  Mahomet John H: At this point, since we feel we have already been pretty conservative in our safety procedures, we intend to stay open and possibly be a little more strict if we hit Tier 2.  At Tier 3 we will consider closing for curbside only.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: @Kristina- that's a good idea!

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: @kristina---that's really nice!

  Rachel R - Steeleville Public: @Shelley we have a donations jar

  Bill from Mt. Vernon: chocolate is always good

  Susan IHLS: @John...would that curbside include ILLs or just local items?

  Teresa (Paris): If it's money offered, I tell them that it goes into the library fund. If it's food or gift card for food, it's for the entire staff.

  Shelley: @Lisa. Oh my gosh. That is the best answer ever that I was least expecting!!

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: In reference to Shelley's question, do you include a gift policy in your personnel policies?

  Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Susan..thanks

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @John - we have been the same. We did reduce our building capacity from 50 people to 25 when we hit tier 1.

  Mahomet John H: We will continue to take ILLs regardless and will still be coming in to do our pull list daily.  So would not impact delivery.

  Susan IHLS: @John perfect thank you....@Deb thank you! Wish there was smiley face to use to respond

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: John are you a district library? 

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: @Ellen, yes w have a gift policy in our policy manual.

  Shelley: And of course I gave the tips back to the library. But when I told one person that I would give it back to the library, then things got really awkward and she was like "no I really really want it to be for you."  When she left, I of course put it in the libraries cash drawer.

  Mahomet John H: @ Rachel yes district library

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: Here is the Families First Act for paid FMLA leave. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

  Angie -- Trenton Public: I hate to ask this...but any idea on when we might hear about the Grants that were due on September 30th?

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: @ John How was the application process for CURES

  Shelley: @Kristinia Benson. Oh my gosh! That is a great idea too! Love that idea. That is probably the best anxd most practical one.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Angie, I would think within the next month.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: We tell patrons we are not able to accept "gifts" but if they would like to make a donation to the Friends of the library they may.

  Angie -- Trenton Public: @Ellen Popit --- Good because I'm spending money like I already was awarded the grant!  LOL

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Shelley- they do tip sometimes, we take the money and put it in an envelope, use it for food for staff meetings, like pizza etc. The whole staff shares the ip.

  Shelley: Thanks everyone. I think I'll go with the "Fines for Others" Fund. That's a really really good idea. Especially during this time when people may not be able to afford them. Thank you!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Fines for others fund is also a great idea.

  Shelley: @Ellen. We have a gift policy, but it is more for monetary donations, books, and etc. But does not include "tips."

  Ginger - Athens: @Angie, I thought the grant app said early December. I may be misremembering

  Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Angie, I spoke to Karen Egan today and she said that they are preparing to announce the grants in a few days. They want to release them all at the same time.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: I'll throw another topic in the mix.  Teresa Pennington and I have been trying to do a little digging for our closing keynote speaker on Member Day.  Brooke Dean will be spearking about Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice.  Brooke asked us to try and determine what libraries are doing to provide legal help and resources to patrons.  Would anyone like to chime in?

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: @ Monica - was your reimbursement thought the Families First Coronavirus Act?

  Shelley: @Ginger.  Yes. It does say December is when the announcements are. 

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Rachel I had to send copies of my orders, invoices, and check stubs to prove the invoices were paid. For credit card purchases, I had to submit credit card statements, receipts from the stores unless it was an online purchase, and again, check stubs proving I paid the credit card company. For the wages reimbursement, I literally sent one report.

  Shelley: oooh. but hey! If they get announced sooner than later. Whose gonna complain right?!

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We are the Illinois Legal Aid Online site for DeWitt County, so we help them with the ILAO website. They also have free prints for legal matters.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: @ John the CURES application link is expired, are you referring to a different grant opportunity?

  Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Ellen  We are a Marion County site for Illinois Legal Aid Online https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: @Monica did the city help with other portions of the application?

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Alyson No

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: @Monica - what was the name of the grant?

  Shelley: FYI: We are in Region 3 and going back to Stage 3. My library follows suit with the State's stage plans. But for us there's not much that changes accept  1) 2 Computers Available vs. 5,  2) No one-on-one assistance (I help people anyway, but won't sit down with them for as long or as close), 3) Curbside Available again in addition to in person

  Teresa (Paris): @Ellen  I sent a list of online resources to Brooke last night. We are the Edgar County link for ILAO and have a list of online legal sources on our website.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Rachel The city filled out all of the information, I just got the paperwork they asked for. I also had to create a spreadsheet with dates, invoice number, category of expenditure, etc.

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: Thanks Monica

  Shelley: Do your libraries still provide one-on-one assistance with coronavirus? (I'm talking sit down, over the shoulder, right next to them kind of help), not circulation or reference desk type of help.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Alyson It's the one Ellen linked to above as far as I know. I can ask my city clerk to double check.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: Thanks Monica.  That link looks expired.

  Shelley: I'm trying to find the right balance for one-on-one help. Because I don't want to spread it to people i'm helping or myself, but I don't want to not help people too

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Here's the link again:  https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/AboutDCEO/GrantOpportunities/Pages/2433-1681.aspx

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - Yes, but only for short intervals.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: Thanks Ellen.  Looks like that was an opportunity that ended in January 2020.

  Teresa (Paris): @Shelley  One on one help is hardest.  Short periods, further distance. Turning the screen instead of  being beside them.

  Mahomet John H: @ Rackel re Cures.  Not bad.  A little complicated but worth it

  Shelley: @Bobbi. Yeah that's what I'm thinking and trying to do to. It's tough though because we get sent a lot of people from the court house or the driver's facility and sometimes the people need more help.  It's interesting the range of computer skills people have.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Alyson It began in Sept. 2020. I think the end date listed is wrong, because I can turn in receipts through Dec. 31, 2020.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Alyson, there has to be a typo there, because the start date was 9/1/2020.

  Mahomet John H: @Alyson I was not aware of the deadlines.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - our regular policy already dictates that computer help has to be short. If a patron needs more intensive help, someone to type for them for example, they have to being someone with them to help.

  Shelley: Can everyone throw out there what kinds of programs or activities you are providing in your craft kits (to go)? I would love to get a list going and get some more ideas for my library. I officially decided to do one once a month. 1 for younger kids and 1 for older kids.  I would do it more often than that, but I'm the only fulltime staff member. 

  Mahomet John H: We are doing 1-1 computer help over the shoulder as best we can.  No staff is asked to do it if they are uncomfortable.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - our most popular kits have been with baked clay.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: This is our current kit and it's going over well: https://www.facebook.com/VespasianWarner/photos/a.330592206178/10157590813701179/

  Shelley: @Bobbi. Oh that's interesting! I may have to consider that in the future. I've only ever typed a letter for someone once or twice. Usually here it's printing help. But a lot of people don't understand how to download and save PDFs to a desktop and print. I also have to often help people learn to use the scanner which is more time intensive. I'm trying to find the balance there. So far I usually have time to help people. But there were a couple of times I had to tell people "sorry, not today" or I can help you.''''such and such another day."  Just due to all the walk-ins.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We doing the clay again in December. Patrons will be able to make little snow men, santas, etc.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Computer help has to be short here as well, we can get the person to where they need to go but then we are required to pull back and let them do it, Not enough staff or training for one on one computer time.

  Mahomet John H: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/AboutDCEO/GrantOpportunities/24331681/NOFO%20Supplement%202433-1681%20Local%20CURE%20ES%20Payments%202.pdf

  Shelley: I also just need more tech-savvy staff is the main issue I have. Love my current staff. But they are lacking in the area. Bless their hearts.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - We do scanning for patrons, but that's just because our set-up is a little complicated. We often have to help with opening PDFs, etc.

  Shelley: @Mahomet John, makes sense. I kinda started doing that or helping from the other side of the room, but sometimes its difficult when you can't see their screen.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I love handing out grab bags. I am now thinking of handing out an adult prepackaged art kit with check outs ( or we can ask the patron if they want one) I do not want people fingering the bags.

  Christi-Glen Carbon: We're doing gingerbread kits later this month, Star themed kits to go with our Star Party program, which is tonight, and we did Monster Book of Mosters for our Harry Patter program last month

  Shelley: @Bobbi. Clay that they can take home and bake? Isn't clay kinda expensive?

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Julie - our adult bags have been very popular. We keep them behind the desk.

  Shelley: Although I do love Clay. And that certainly sounds adorable.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: @John and Ellen thanks for clarifying - I'll give it a try!

  Rachel R - Steeleville Public: We have been ordering "everything included" craft kits and foam stickers from Oriental Trading, with a theme that goes along with the holiday/season/story hour theme for that month. For Halloween we added some candy, a glow-in-the-dark spider rings, and glow sticks. We show how to make the craft during our monthly virtual story hour.

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @ John - is that grant just for municipalities?

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - yes, but we got a good deal through Amazon. They get a very small amount of clay and the miniatures they make are really cute.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I tell everyone we are spreading a bit of joy here in the community and it does not cost very much- especially since we can t do any programming.

  Shelley: @Julie. I get you. We are similar in population size (you may eve be a wee smaller than us) so I know what you mean. Sometimes I think I help more than I should.

  Mahomet John H: Local Governments that are either a municipality or county within the State of Illinois, except for Local Governments, or portions thereof, located within the five counties of Cook, Lake, Will, Kane and DuPage.

  Mahomet John H: We are a library district and we qualified.

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @John, thank you!

  Shelley: @Christi. Oooooh. I love gingerbread. I can see that being a lot of fun for adults for an adult grab bag program.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): That's great John- glad you were able to apply for more grants

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - this was our Halloween clay kit: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/embedded-posts/?prefill_href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FVespasianWarner%2Fposts%2F10157522364861179&__cft__[0]=AZWzxnJOGGVgh1JmCxhq2ogdkltYt8dBeAfmyZ-rmLrae8Tg8mq6l_KhDETflh4C6laXcGzViV9nKhdcjo7dmCAjXepJwVdanp0F8Cuf6auqjI8lbwdgibRhwYDd0TIn2aMbd855YBbAcDQJfvaRbT6C&__tn__=p%2CP-R#code-generator

  Mahomet John H: Its federal money which makes it easier to get than State money

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @John, how long did it take for you to fill out the application? I am knee deep in preparing for a court case in January and also working with a building space planner., but this grant does interest me.

  Mahomet John H: And that State has hired a company to administer it so support is pretty good too.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Christi - can you describe the gingerbread kit?

  Shelley: @Bobbi. Can you send me the link or email it to me for the clay you use. Email hillsborocitylibrary@gmail.com

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley - yes, I'll send you a link!

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: @Shelley I'd be interested in that kit too! =)

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @Bobbi, maybe post the clay here? I want to know too!

  Mahomet John H: The initial form is really short.  None of the paperwork is too substantial, but you need invoices and receipts and things for any money already spent that you are asking for reimbursement for. (sorry dangling participle)

  Susan IHLS: Dick Blick has lesson plans that might spark some new ideas. Dick Blick is an art store in Galesburg with many more locations nationwide. https://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am eager to hear if Staunton received any grants -- from ISL. I know we all are hoping for the best. I felt brain dead filling them all out- Was it August when we could apply? whenever it was, I remember being exhausted but glad for the opportunity.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: I have to find the link and then I'll post it.

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @John. Thank you!

  Christi-Glen Carbon: We get gingerbread kits at the end of the season from Walmart and freeze them through the year.  Families are told that they aren't really for consumption.  We provide some extra candy and things for decoration.  We've done the program for the last several years but this is the first time that we'll be giving it as a take hope craft

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Susan- I will check that out, thanks

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Thanks, Christi!

  Shelley: @Susan. Thanks that's awesome.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: I thought we got the clay from Amazon, but we actually get it directly from Sculpey: https://www.sculpey.com/products/sculpey-bake-shop-classroom-pack

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Christi- love the idea of doing those gingerbread houses but in kits now as you adapt to Covid. . Libraries are more than books, that's for sure.

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @Bobbi, thank you!

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Each kit had a small amount of clay. Enough to make a mini pumpkin, ghost, and witch's hat.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: You're welcome!

  Bill from Mt. Vernon: Our bags go within a day or two of having them out.

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Ours don't typically last long.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I love doing director's chat, You all have great ideas and willing to share.

  Mahomet John H:  I don't know the answers,but email Maura@mahometpubliclibrary.org if you want to ask her about our make and take kits and adult craft kits.  We have done multiple of both.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: I just dipped ihttps://librarylearning.org/event/2020-11-10/ihls-member-day-2020-beyond... a training session with our Member Day closing speaker.  I think she'll have LOTS of good stuff to share.  If you haven't registered, take a minute and sign-up.  We'd love you to join us: 

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Is anyone pulling back on grab bags right now? Our numbers have been going up, I wasn't sure if we were adding to the problem of spreading invisible germs. Our county went to the next tier, but then our positivity rate went back down to safer numbers so we will probably start it again soon-

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: You can visit the website and view the sessions at:  https://www.illinoisheartland.org/MemberDay-Home

  Shelley: @Christi. Thanks. That makes is really easy. So more of a decorating kit than make the gingerbread per say. Well you know what I mean.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Ellen- I signed up for Member Day -- do I also need to sign up for the speaker session too? I should read my emails a bit better

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're still okay doing grab bags. We had done a couple of in-person programs and were looking at doing more, but not now.

  Alyson, Marshall Public Library: We've used this page a few time for good "covid" visuals https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/media-publications

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Have any of you or your staff created a virtual escape room? If so, do you have any tips of things to do or that don't work well?

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I have a board meeting next Monday- We have a doctor and two teachers on the board. I thought I would ask them their insights. Surfaces and items have now been shown not to be a huge carrier of transmitting germs- but just wanted to check all boxes. I love doing grab bags though and do not want to stop!

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: We had a very successful cemetery walk last Saturday morning.  We have a StoryWalk set up at one of our local parks.  We have a kids coloring contest underway.  For family reading night, we are asking families to read a book together, fill out a form about the experience, and pulling five of those forms out of a hat to give away five movie night baskets.  (Red Box coupon, popcorn, hot chocolate packets, candy, etc.)

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @Jo-What did you do on your cemetery walk? Was it a Halloween themed program?

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Jo that sounds great! Staunton had a mobile Story Walk out in front of the library for a few weeks, we had color sheets too after the walk, if they turned in their sheet later, we gave out prizes ( cool t shirts)

  Mahomet John H: At least with the numbers increasing as they are, I am feeling less guilty that we are not doing more. 

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: @Monica - no, but the idea intrigues me.  We have done several successful in person escape rooms prior to COVID

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We had a staff pumpkin decorating contest last month. Patrons voted on their favorites and that got a lot of engagement. We're thinking of doing a stocking decorating contest next month and opening it up to patrons.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): This winter we are putting out another Story Walk in the front hallway.. Love the Story walk programs .

  Rachel- Sherman PLD: Shout out to Lincoln Library in Springfield they did a creepy doll photo contest.  Lots of fun!

  Angie -- Trenton Public: I attended the Greenville Public Library Cemetery Walk and it was OUTSTANDING.  I plan on "stealing" that idea for here, next year.  Jo Keillor is an AMAZING library director!

  Mahomet John H: Gotta go thatnks for the input everyone

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Our local museum does an annual cemetery walk and it's great. I highly recommend them and I think it's awesome libraries are doing them!

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Jo I saw an example after attending an ILA session on programming. La Grange has one on their events page and is open to anyone. I love your movie basket idea for your family reading night!!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): We have a Girl Scout we are assisting, she is planning to put up a permanent Story Walk Structure somewhere close by.. one of the parks or on library grounds, -- Once the structure is up, the library will assist with changing out the stories,, so excited. It will take a few months but it is something to look forward to.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks John

  Shelley: Thanks everyone for your great ideas.  We did a Fall tree painting with Bundled Q-Tips for our grab bag/craft kit to go. They even got real canvases. (The younger brothers and sisters got some stiff art paper).

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: We had two local history buffs talk.  One opened the mausoleum and spoke about it.  (It's usually locked.)  The other one led a tour of some of the graves of early settlers.  Not necessarily Halloween themed.  But there is a grave of the unknown man.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): What do you do on a cemetery walk-- it sounds like a great idea

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Jo,, I just read your answer right after sending my question

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: @Angie - aw!  Thanks!

  Shelley: @Jo. We are planning a story walk too! What a way to get kids outside but keep them safe. (I'm gonna tell parents and guardians, masks will only help them keep warmer too, lol).

  Michelle Barclay PLD: @Jo that sounds very interesting!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Shelley, that s great. very creative. I am being lazy with my crafts.. just look online at OTC for prepackaged items and place the order.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: It was fascinating.  I learned a LOT!

  Shelley: OOOoo. Stocking Decorating. That sounds like a lot of fun!. Maybe I can turn that into a craft kit/grab bag and they can be different colored socks. That they can paint or glue things too or whatever!

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: You all do such a great job of sharing!

  Kami - Germantown: @ Shelly - Great idea for all the mismatched socks in our lives.

  Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: We had a pumpkin decorating contest on Facebook and had 28 contestants.  For us that is really good.

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's great, Kathleen!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): I have 80 party favor bags ready to go in Jan. It was from our March Frozen party that was cancelled of course. . Oh well, at least the kids will still get to enjoy them. I will be glad to get them out of my walk in closet at home too. LOL

  Shelley: @Julie. Hey don't feel bad about being "lazy" with crafts. I'll probably do a bit of both. Sometimes i do easy stuff if it's a busy moth (depending on what I got going on) since I'm the only full time person and sometimes I have more time to give and will come up with my own crafts or steal Pinterest ideas and I often even make my own example piece!

  Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: We're doing virtual bingo in November and our Friends are sending home little treat bags with out name on it with the senior citizen's home delivered meals.

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Kathleen That's fantastic! We had 11 entries, but many were worked on by siblings together.

  Kami - Germantown: I had a friend hand out Snowman Soup for Christmas gifts one year.  Easy to make for handing out to patrons.  Hot cocoa packet, candy cane, marshmallows.

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Life is good, I am busy so thank goodness we have on line shopping..

  Erin - Crab Orchard Public Library: We are planning to give out Snowman Soup.  It was a hit last year.

  Shelley: @Kami. Ha ha ha. Right? Funny story.  My husband has a 100 white socks and I can never figure out which ones match, so I said "I'm done with this" and started buying him colored socks or socks with coloring. Maybe I can use all his white socks for the stocking grab bag. Lol!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami- what a great idea!

  Shelley: Oh my gosh. This is so much fun. I love librarians. Thanks for all the ideas everyone!

  Kay Burrous  South Macon: Thanks for all the ideas.  Stay safe!!!

  Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Thank you, everyone!

  Bill from Mt. Vernon: The answer to white socks, they all match. With multicolored socks you have to chase down the matching pair. So says a long time bachelor (now married)

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Snowman Soup- I never heard of that. Wow -- that does sound like a great idea

  Michelle Barclay PLD: Thanks, everyone! These chats are always helpful!

  Shelley: @Kathleen. Awww bless your hearts. That's so sweet. What a cute program for our senior citizens!

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: It's getting close to 2:00.  No chat next week.  Because of Member Day, we're taking the day off.  But, we'll be back on the 19th!

  Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Thanks!

  Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thank you everyone!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Ellen, Thank you everyone, fun hour..

  Bill from Mt. Vernon: Take care and be safe

  Kami - Germantown: @ Julie - I'm sure there is something out there on the web about it.  I think there may have been a little poem about how to make the "recipe."

  Jo - Greenville Public Library: Thank you for all the great ideas!

  Rachel R - Steeleville Public: Thanks everyone for all the great ideas!

  Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami- I will check it out soon. Thanks

  Ellen Popit/IHLS: Take care, everyone!

  Julia, IHLS: Snowman Soup: https://www.ohmy-creative.com/holiday-crafts/christmas/snowman-soup-gift-recipe/

  Kami - Germantown: @ Julia- Awesome find!!  Thanks for the link.

  Twilla Coon-Mount Carmel Public Library: Everyone have a great weekend