Perhaps you've heard people talking about the new Internet craze called Pinterest. Pinterest is what is called "social bookmarking," which means that you can share things you've found on the Internet with anyone or only those you choose to. And people can share with you! It's a little bit like Facebook, and a little bit like Twitter (you can follow people and boards, and they can follow you). Now you may be asking, so what's the big deal? Well, it's a fast, easy and incredibly fun way to find crafts and activities. Libraries are popping up on Pinterest on a daily basis, creating boards for craft ideas, programs, new books and recipes! For some other ideas, there's an article called "Five Ways to use Pinterest in Your Library."
How does Pinterest Work? A user creates an account, and then creates "boards" - think of them as electronic bulletin boards. For example, PLS has boards for Teen Program Ideas, Children Program Ideas, Easter, Snacks, etc. You can make a board for any category you wish, and at any time. Now, with my boards set up, I installed the "Pin it" button for my web browser (it's very easy and clear instructions from Pinterest are provided). This allows you to instantly pin something neat that you find while browsing the Internet. So, for example, I'm searching for holiday crafts, and I find something really great - I click the "Pin it" button and a window pops up that asks me which board I want to pin it to! This way, when I'm done browsing, I can go to Pinterest.com and see all the things I've bookmarked. I can also see other people's pins, and search. It's very visual, too. So I see a craft I like, I click on the pin and I'm taken to the instructions on how to make it. A great article to read is Everything You Need to Know About Pinterest.
If you'd like to get started on Pinterest, send an email to Jen at PLS. I can send you an invite, which will get the ball rolling faster for you or your library. Otherwise, it may take a few days to a week from the time you sign up for an account until you're given access. That's the only downfall on how Pinterest works, that I've experienced anyhow.
And, a special thank you to Sheryl P. for sharing her Pinterest addiction with me and getting me hooked!