TRANSCRIPT: IHLS Directors' Chat - September 2, 2021


Directors' Chat
Thursday, September 2, 2021


Darcy Wallace:  Helllo, this is Darcy Wallace the new Iinterim Library Director at Watseka Public LIbrary, will I be able to hear you in this chat or is it all entered through the keyboard?

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Hi, Darcy and welcome!  This is text only and the chat can often be fast and furious!

Darcy Wallace:  Ok, I'll try to keep up, no promises..

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Is everyone getting ready for the long weekend?

Alex Fisher (Pinckneyville):  Yes, hopefully the weather will be nice!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  We're busy here finishing up our Annual Report and getting ready for Member Day.  Mark your calendars---it will be held virtually on November 18th.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Alex, sounds like a little bit of rain mixed with some VERY nice days!

Alex Fisher (Pinckneyville):  I can deal with that!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  I received good news! Your funding request to Illinois Humanities for a COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant has been approved. $5000

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  That's great, Janet!  We heard that the library in Royalton also received that grant!  I wonder how many of our members applied.  What will you do with the grant funds?

Kami Komm - Germantown:  I got the Humanities grant, too!!!  So exciting!!

Darcy Wallace:  Watseka Public LIbrary received one as well

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Good, Kami!  Maybe I'll reach out  and ask them for a list.  It would be fun to congratulate the recipients in the newsletter.

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  I'm so happy others applied

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  .....and I would assume those of you who applied for the grants through the State Library should hear sometime this month!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  Mine is for General I will be discussing it with my board.

Alex Fisher (Pinckneyville):  Pinckneyville received the Humanities Grant as well! It's the General Operations grant.

IHLS Admin:  Everyone looking forward to the holiday weekend? Welcome Darcy!

Darcy Wallace:  Thank you :)

Kami Komm - Germantown:  Same here - General operating.  I am hoping we can  use it to replace the carpet, but I am still reading through the award letter to see  what is allowed.

IHLS Admin:  Congratulations Janet and Kami! that is fantastic news!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  I did some figuring this morning for the system annual report and on average we have 152 people who participate in these chats every month.  That's a great number and we're so glad you participate!

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  I got $5000 from Illinois Humanities too!!!

Ginger - Athens:  Congrats to everyone who received grant money! Woot!

IHLS Admin:  II just spoke with someone who said they really feel broken from this whole covid situation. Everyone has been "coping" for so long. How are all of you feeling?

IHLS Admin:  Cingratulations Carrie!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  I feel great! Did I mention I'm headed to Vegas in three weeks :)

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Janet, for ARSL or a vacation?

IHLS Admin:  I hope you do well there and have a great time.

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  Vacation!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  I don

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  GREAT!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  I don't even gamble, but I do get tattoo's there

Darcy Wallace:  Reinstating the  mask mandate in the library has been a real downer for morale for some of our patrons... especially the vaccinated ones

IHLS Admin:  @ Darcy, I understand @Janet do you have a design in mind?

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  I hope some of you have checked out some of the mask signage examples that have shown up on the Director's listserv!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  We are totally getting off topic :)

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Well, as you wind down official summer, what will you tackle when you return to work on Tuesday?

IHLS Admin:  I am not a gambler either but I found the desert around Vegas very interesting.  I know it is my inquiring mind Janet, what can I say. It lead me to librarianship.

Darcy Wallace:  @Ellen, am I automatically signed up on the directors listserv through L2?

Ginger - Athens:  Tuesday we're starting an after school story hour for big kids.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Darcy, I'll double check and make sure you're there!

Darcy Wallace:  Thank you

Ginger - Athens:  We'll do some chapter books and picture books. I'm excited.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Ginger---have you done one for older kids before?

IHLS Admin:  Ginger what grades are "big kids." I consider myself a big kid sometimes.

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  Has anyone done a "book of the month" club type program.  No group discussions, but a set of books ordered for a group of people who want to participate.  I want to do it for the kids and have good interest from SRP participants, but then also was thinking about offering it for adults....

IHLS Admin:  That is very interesting approach Carrie.

Deb Mason Paxton Carnegie:  Had my first preschool story time here this morning! So nice to see the littles again :)

IHLS Admin:  Do any of you have teen advisory boards?

Deb Mason Paxton Carnegie:  I've been thinking about a teen advisory board!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  I believe that Carbondale Public has one, what about you, Loretta?

IHLS Admin:  I like kids of all ages and seeing them excited about books and hearing their thoughts.  It is a kind of magic.

Deb Mason Paxton Carnegie:  We are just a few blocks from the Jr/Sr. high schools, and thought an after school time would work for teens. They get out early on Tuesdays!

Loretta Broomfield:  Are you talking about a teen advisory board, Ellen?  We don't have one currently but we do have an active teen program.

Darcy Wallace:  We are reading to our Teddy Bears on National Teddy Bear Day Sept 9 and have preschool story times and crafts for adults and children and setting up the fall "Up all Night" reading challenge on Beanstack for October

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @ Loretta, I knew your library was pretty active with teens----FACEBOOK keeps me up to day!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  ...up to date!  (Troy and I were just talking about typing too fast!)

IHLS Admin:  I am sorry this is Anna and for some weird reason my sign on is funky. Yes I was talking about teen boards but any kind of group is exciting they are hard to reach.

Darcy Wallace:  We are piloting an instagram teen book blog, I'm hoping it will grow

IHLS Admin:  Wow, Darcy you are hitting the ground running. Good for you. I love the reading to the Teddy Bear idea.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  What's it called, Darcy and we can follow it!

Ginger - Athens:  Big kids are PreK-3rd grade as my target. I always advertise that siblings are welcome. We did a homeschool story hour last year because so many were homeschooling. It was a similar format Darcy Wallace:  as soon as I typed that, I thought dang you are going to ask... and now I gotta look...

Ginger - Athens:  Loretta, what do you do with your teens?

Darcy Wallace:  you can find us on instagram watseka_publiclibrary. We hired a recent graduate who also assists as a tennis coach at the high school and she is wriitng the blog entries... she is helping us get a larger following in that age range

IHLS Admin:  So many exciting things happening out there.  Ginger, I know in many areas there is a many homeschoolers . One of the things I tried in the past was an art exhibit for school aged children and invited homeschoolers to participate. We had an official opening on a Friday evening after the library closed and we had parents extended family etc. It was very popular and the library continues to host these every year.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  That's great, Darcy, it will be fun to watch that.  Anybody else use Instagram for the library?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Hi Everyone, I just got on here, enjoy reading all the different conversations

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  Youth Services for Teens uses Instagram

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Janet.  Is that your library specifically?

Darcy Wallace:  @ Ellen, do you want us to follow you back ?

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  No, Darcy.  I never post anything!

IHLS Admin:  It helps to have someone familiar with the YA range. Things and interests shift quickly with them.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Staunton received a Humanities grant- the projects grant. We are planning to put up a permanent Story Book Walk in one of our parks here. ( at least I think this is what we received, I wrote so many,, still doing the paperwork to be sure)

Darcy Wallace:  Story walk sounds fun!

IHLS Admin:  That is great Julie.  Congratulations. Did you discover anything you would like to share after writing several grants?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Staunton revived its Young Adult Book Club in June at the request of the teens who missed meeting in person. I really enjoy it. We were doing emails and I would send them care packages through out the pandemic -- it has been great seeing them again in person.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Julie, that's really a welcoming outreach effort!

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  @Ellen I must confess.....I don't keep up with all the Social Media that YS uses - I assume it is the library.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I actually love writing grants, just wish there was more time to do this. I stayed up to midnight working on at least one of them. I got paid for it but it was stressful with the time crunch.

Ginger - Athens:  We finally hired an accountant. I am up to my ears in paperwork. But, I get to organized it all and do it how it makes sense to me. Just another thing to help make things my own after a year!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Be specific, do not write a whole book when two clear sentences will get the point across is my advice. I am sure though that I made some mistakes- part time director trying to juggle it all

IHLS Admin:  Ginger that is a big step. It must feel good though.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Janet, I love Vegas. We don 't gamble just watch the people and do the touristy stuff, like helicopter rides over the canyon,, etc. I want to zip line Freemont Street the next time I go. Have fun!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Ellen, we still feel limited here with our small library but YABC can meet outside or in the big old basement if we need to, Its a smaller group where most of the teens are vaxxed.

IHLS Admin:  @Julie it is nice you have some meeting space options. It is nice for that group to have actual in person contact. It means mcuh more to them than we think it does in this age fof technology.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Darcy- Story Book Walks are fun, We have a mobile unit outside right now in our yard and one up in the front foyer too. It will be great to do a permanent one we can change out too.

Darcy Wallace:  Well I've had a strange day, one of our teenagers just told the front desk that the creepy guy just hid a book in the back of his pants...

Loretta Broomfield:  Sorry for the delay Ginger.  We have the PNG grant from ISL.  We do plenty of STEAM and STEM activities.  We also have weekly craft days and our YA librarian plans elaborate programs.  She's done obstacle courses, Minute to Win It, we had a Quidditch tournament, and video games.  Lots of stuff but I wish it was more centered around reading!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @IHLS- We still are not doing any other groups right now, but at least it s something.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Thanks, Loretta!

Darcy Wallace:  I would  like to do a storybook walk up and down our street.  There is a park at the other end.  Maybe in the spring.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Darcy- I think you would enjoy it. It also gives staff something to work on when times are slow.

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  @Julie Thanks!  In Vegas they are super strict about wearing masks and scan everyone's temp. I'm pretty boujee (pretends to have money)- we stay at the Venetian :)

Darcy Wallace:  The Venetian is gorgeous!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  The Venetian is really nice, we took a gondola ride there the last time we went-- LOL-- beautiful. We stayed at the Golden Nugget that time. It was right on Freemont as you know.

IHLS Admin:  We have two Members Matters coming up Sept  it will be Broadband and Illinois Libraries : and in October it will be Think Forward - Not Straight: Understanding the LGBTQ+ Spectrum: . November will be Member Day and then a Break for December.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @ Loretta- your YA librarian has some great ideas!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  You all have good ideas.  You've all made such big contributions to your communities over the last eighteen months!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Those members matter topics sound great1

IHLS Admin:  I second that Ellen!

IHLS Admin:  Thanks Julie. We are working on Jan-June right now and have some exciting ideas. Does anyone have topic suggestions?

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Maybe teen services?

Janet McAllister - Rochester:  Broadband for my rural area would be fantastic.  Unfortunately the Village doesn't care about the township. It

IHLS Admin:  That is a great idea. As people go to conferences. let us know if you see something you think we should host for a Members Matter or other presentation please share.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Oh- I did want to bring back the pandemic play list we talked about last week- My choices Crazy by Knarles Barkley and Let it Go- Frozen.. sad that I actually had to sit down and look up songs for this-- ha ha. Those are both just fun, positive little songs with a great sound.

IHLS Admin:  I would love to see better braodband through out IHLS. We have the Director of the IL DCEO Office of Broadband slated to speak.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Julie.  I'm glad you remembered that. 

IHLS Admin:  I love that song by Knarles Barclay.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Ellen, I think it was a great idea! I will ask the YABC (Young Adult Book Club)  what their choices would be when I see them next week.

Ginger - Athens:  I am not a music person, but i love podcasts.

Ginger - Athens:  There's some great bookish podcasts. They help me add to my already insane TBR.

IHLS Admin:  I keeping trying to run through Weird Al songs in my head and feel there has to be something there.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Podcasts selections for the pandemic are also very valuable..

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  My pick is Hold On from The Secret Garden:

Kami Komm - Germantown:  Weird Al - Dare to be Stupid!!!

IHLS Admin:  I would love a list of podcasts to try.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Got to love Weird Al!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Kami Perfect!

IHLS Admin:  Thank you Kami, you made me laugh. I know I have done a few stupid things during this epidemic.

Kami Komm - Germantown:  @IHLS  Did you stick your head in the microwave to get yourself a tan?  (one of my favorite lyrics)

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @ Kami---as a double bonus, Weird Al will always grab the kids!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  or take vet worming meds to ward off covid .. We could be here all day with those types of examples.

IHLS Admin:  @Kami, I love Weird Al. After all we have the same AY initials.

Ginger - Athens:  Book podcasts - What Should I Read Next, Currently Reading, Book Talk Etc.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I am stealing that idea/ podcast-- what should I read next.

Ginger - Athens:  Non Book Podcasts that I enjoy: Lazy Genius, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, The Big Boo Cast

IHLS Admin:  I think mentally I am already on the long weekend. I hope you all enjoy it and find some down time. Enjoy your family and loved ones and take this as an opportunity to disconnect from the library .

Kami Komm - Germantown:  My favorite podcasts are Smartless, Working it Out, Factually, and Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend Ginger - Athens:  It's a really popular podcast! Unrelated is which ties into goodreads. You type in the book you just finished and suggestions from others' goodreads lists show up if they also liked the book you finished.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Thank you all, Have a great weekend!

IHLS Admin:  Thanks Ginger and Kami for the suggetions.

Twilla Coon-Mount Carmel Public Library:  Thank you everyone have a great weekend Darcy Wallace:  @ Ellen  thank you for suggesting this.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Darcy, I'm glad it was helpful and hopefully, fun!

Darcy Wallace:  It was indeed.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Have a great weekend!  See you next Thursday!

IHLS Admin:  Good-bye!