Partnerships & Collaboration

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When the library builds partnerships, it strengthens the ties to its community, shares resources, and builds positive relationships with diverse stakeholders. Reaching out to initiate community partnerships begins with identifying both traditional and non-traditional partners and exploring new ways to work together. Effective collaborations are sustained through a shared commitment to serving the ever-changing needs of the community.

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Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data

 News / Last Modified: 08 December 2017

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them. We've begun to collect links to news, resource...

Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 08 December 2017

A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 06 December 2017

Upon hearing news of First Lady Michelle Obama's surprise visit to school and community gardens, we thought it would be a good time to collect together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden ...

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 06 December 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...

Civil Legal Aid Program at the Cleveland Public Library Meets Local Needs

 News / Last Modified: 28 November 2017

The Cleveland Public Library and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland had been working in partnership for years, offering several legal aid workshops on general topics that were open to the public. But Aaron Mason, the library's Assistant Director, Out...

Family Literacy at a Food Pantry

 Webinar / Last Modified: 22 November 2017

In this webinar, learn how Cazenovia Public Library operates learning-focused programs for the whole family at a local food pantry.

Igniting a Love of Reading: CCPL's SPARK Program Removes Barriers

 News / Last Modified: 22 November 2017

Many public libraries offer a summer reading program, but the IMLS National Medal award-winning Cecil County Public Library's program is unique in its focus. Sociologist Karl Alexander's 30-year longitudinal study of socioeconomic differences in chil...