Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now
You guys, no you didn't!!!!
I feel very strongly about this issue. We all share so that we all can learn. This issue came up in our programming class and one of the student-librarians wrote this post on our class blog Kids Library Program Mojo.
Each description or workshop or blog post on a program or idea is really an open invitation to take the idea and grow it for YOUR community.
Remember, if you don't use that idea, it stays hidden and the children in your community never get the benefit of that innovation. Hidden ideas seldom grow, evolve and change.
It's within the scrum of sharing, borrowing and giving away of ideas that we see the true evolution of innovation in children's library work. Be good and credit your source and the originator always and then grow it!
Sandy Krost started 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - look where it is now.
Sara Bryce pioneered Story Action Pods - look where it is now.
Cory Eckert started the Guerrilla Storytime movement - look where it is now.
Mel Depper started the Flannel Friday movement - look where it is now.
Lisa Shaia just started the school age Thrive Thursday movement - look where it is now.
I had a hand in starting the Unprogramming concept - look where it is now.
I could go on...but these are all incredible new, crowd-sourced initiatives that have grown like topsy because we share - and give ownership and agency away. It is good to know you started the snowball rolling but why do you have to hoard the snow that goes into making it bigger, better and shared across the area, state, region or nation?
Any one of these things would still exist if it were "owned" by its founder in some small way, in one small community, in one lonely place. But by giving it away, inviting participation, sharing and sharing, all of these innovative children's initiatives, projects, programs and concepts have taken on a vibrant life of their own.
We are stronger together. So free yourself. Give it away. Take it. Share it. Grow it. Fairly credit it. And be mighty.