In about a week, I will be giving a talk to the Mops about the church library.
Do I bring a cart down with a sample of what we have to offer in the library?
I will be passing out bookmarks with our hours and website on it.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
That's what I did. I have a single-sided cart, and put representative books there along with library patron cards to fill out for data base (Concourse), and the rules/regulations with some additions. I showed them some of what we had to offer, and gave them three ways to make sure their books were not late: send them in with a buddy, contact the library via our e-mail so we can renew, or call the librarian's cellphone to renew. I haven't seen much interest- this year, there are a lot of babies.
I saw this after the event, but for future reference, in case you do something like this again, when I've done something similar, I like to bring lots of books for people to look at - there is just something about seeing the real thing! I also generally include a hand-out with pertinent information and (always) a book list of some sort!
Would love to hear about your MOPS presentation. What worked? What didn't?
For a followup handout, consider this article I found right here on the CLN: 20 Benefits of Bedtime Stories. We used it as part of a promotion for our fall Read-to-Me club.
Does your team provide story-telling service for Moppettes while the MOPS meet?
The Mops meeting went well. We took books they might be interested in, also had bookmarks with our hours, email, and webpage on it. We have a nursery for the children of the mops mothers and every other week they come into the library where they are read a story. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm sorry for not getting back with you sooner.
Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Praying that God will give me the right words to say.
All the suggestions from Sandra Fitts are very welcoming. It's important to keep the presentation to within 15-20 minutes to keep the group's attention. If they have questions, they can come up to you afterwards. Have handouts, offer a children's reading program (read 10 books to get a Christian prize), yes DVD's are good too (I would suggest VeggieTales as they are the most popular - beyond that most homes are "streaming" their TV time. Are the children going to present? If so, read a short, colorful story to them; or read the story to the Moms so they have a feel for your library selections. Good luck.
A cart with examples or a nice display on a table is essential in my opinion!
On a table, use a colorful solid colored fabric as a base for your display. Under the cloth place two or three boxes to give different levels on which to place your display items. Add a little other interest with small toys or spring flowers or something that will enhance the items you are showing. Items to include would be Bible story books, nature books, and fun books which instill values and morals which we as Christians want in our children. And don't forget the video materials, even though we would rather the children read, they are still going to watch TV too!
These are all great ideas! And thanks to everyone who shared your expertise. I am giving a presentation Sept. 7 to our ladies evening fellowship. Most have never set foot in our library. Does anyone read anymore? ... Last year we received a gift of about 150 colorful pamphlets, one of each title published by Lighthouse Trails on Christian topics. I will include a sampling of these in my display, as well as books, bookmarks and booklists. Thanks to all of you and Morlee!