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August 26, 2009

Mississippi Valley Library District Selling Magnetic Library Ribbons for Cars, etc.

I don’t see this anywhere on the web (either on the ILA site or the MVLD one), so I’m posting this to help publicize the effort. It appeared in the most recent of the Illinois Library Association’s e-News.

“The magnetic library ribbons measure 8” and say, “Support Illinois Libraries.” They sell for $1 each for amounts of 100 or more. $1.25 each for smaller amounts. Shipping will be extra or you can pick them up at the Mississippi Valley Library District (408 West Main, Collinsville, IL 62234; phone: 618.344.1112 ex. 113; fax: 618.345.6401).

Please contact Barbara Rhodes (barbarar at mvlibdist.org) and send her your name, library (if applicable), address, and phone number. Indicate if you would like the ribbons shipped or if you will pick them up.

The Mississippi Valley Library District will be selling these ribbons to the public for $2.00 each as a fundraiser.”

I’ll admit that when these magnetic ribbons first started appearing everywhere, I wasn’t a fan. But a few years ago, MFPOW started offering ones the ones that Mississippi Valley is using, so I put one on my car. It’s still there today, and I confess that every time I look at it, it gives me a twinge of pride. YMMV (no pun intended).

Support Illinois Libraries


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March 18, 2009

I Bogied at DGPL

Often. But I had a great time playing Library Mini Golf at the Downers Grove Public Library on March 8, as did hundreds of other people on LMG’s biggest course yet (a full 18 holes across two floors). Check out the pictures from the day in my Flickr set to see just how much fun we all had. I’ll be including the event as a case study in my next issue of Library Technology Reports on gaming in libraries, which I’m currently writing.

DGPL Library Mini Golf

The DGPL staff, Friends group, and the Library Mini Golf crew (Rick, John, and Bob) all did an amazing job on this totally amazing event!


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March 3, 2009

Meet Me for Tee at DGPL on March 8

DGPL Library Mini Golf event this Sunday I’ve written before about Rick Bolton and his Library Mini Golf nonprofit that creates 18-hole mini golf courses for libraries to use as fundraisers. This time I’m particularly excited to note that Rick has partnered with the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation in Chicago’s western suburbs to hold the first such event in this area, because DGPL is my home library.

If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I hope you’ll make some time to come play mini golf at Downers Grove PL this Sunday, March 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It’s a fundraiser, so adults can play the whole course for just $5, while kids age 15 and younger can play for $3. Putt your best and if you do well, you might find yourself in a playoff round at 4:15 p.m. Experience the stacks in a whole new way!

I can’t wait to finally see this in action for myself, so I’ll definitely be there. Give me a heads up if you’re coming, and we can tee off together. If you live in the area, consider thanking the local sponsors by doing business with them.


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