I have read blogs in which educators make the case that it is perfectly fine for kids in school to fail. After all, the purpose of school is to prepare them for life and life includes failure. I propose a totally different perspective. I think that life sends all of us plenty of opportunities for failure. There is no need to create or stimulate failure experiences for students. The experience of failure in childhood and adolescence can have significant long term effects.
The Mount Prospect Public Library outside of Chicago has been reaching out to local press to show them how the library is helping families out during the down economy. See the fantastic TV coverage at CBS Chicago.
Inspiration is sometimes hard to come by in this “new” economy. All of us, especially librarians, are working overtime trying to do more with less. To help give us a new perspective, our CEO, George Cigale invited Phil Terry from Creative Good to come chat to our staff.
The Greene County Library in Xenia, OH has found a creative way to help their local food banks and give cash strapped patrons a break.