14 Dec New York Public Library Professional Development
We just shared our 3rd presentation of “The Power of Music to Make Libraries More Inclusive” with the staff of the New York Public Library. We want to empower librarians to incorporate more music into their programs. We also want libraries to be more autism-friendly and inclusive. Libraries are for everyone.
Librarians saw examples of programming trends from libraries all across the country including karaoke programs, instrument petting zoos, ukulele programs and little bits synth orchestras. My favorite thing about the 3-hour session is when all of the librarians try out hundreds of instruments which they could incorporate into their library programming. Librarians come up afterwards and say “Thank you for an inspiring professional development session. I’m so excited to use these ideas in my programming.”
We are passionate about libraries. We are the product of the public library system. And we want to share the best ideas with the librarians who we work with. When people say “Who still uses the library?” We do! In the winter we love going to programs at the library. I love getting all my books for free instead of buying all of them at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. And my son Teddy loves taking out children’s books from the library. We love the library. It’s one of the best places in our neighborhood.