Outreach

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Outreach meets community needs with both traditional and new services, in dynamic and changing environments. Whether providing services to those who can't come to the library, or reaching out to those who are underserved, library outreach and community engagement ensures equitable delivery of library services to all people.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

 News / Last Modified: 09 November 2017

As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 01 November 2017

Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

Programming to the Core

 News / Last Modified: 01 September 2017

If there ever was a time when public libraries were just static repositories of books, it’s long gone. Libraries everywhere are reinventing their programs and services to remain vital through the shifting sands of cultural and technological change. W...

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

 News / Last Modified: 22 August 2017

Libraries and library staff are skilled in their ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of their communities. Step into today's library, and you might find expanded collections that include everything from telescopes to fishing poles to sewing m...

Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 03 August 2017

On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and ...

Outside the Lines: A Chat with Stacie Ledden and Amber DeBerry

 News / Last Modified: 10 July 2017

Have you felt the need to re-state the purpose and role of your library in the community? Have you wondered if patrons and community members can be re-introduced to the dynamic center of community your library has evolved into? That is exactly what O...

Feeding a Need: New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

 News / Last Modified: 21 June 2017

Millions of low-income students rely on free or low-cost school meals. But when summer vacation starts, the school meals end. This means youth who had access to nutritious meals during the school year may be undernourished or hungry over the summer. ...