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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Next Chapter Book Club: Where Reading is for Everyone

 News / Last Modified: 31 August 2018

Through the Next Chapter Book Club, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are finding a unique opportunity to engage in literacy, socialize and hang out in a community setting - all through the power of books and reading. Program fa...

Bookmobiles That Break the Mold

 News / Last Modified: 01 August 2018

Bookmobiles, or mobile libraries, have been around since the 19 th century, when they were horse-drawn wagons bringing books to rural communities. Government funding in the 1950s and 60s created a bookmobile surge, and popularity has risen ...

How Pie and Bingo was Born

 News / Last Modified: 01 August 2018

This is the first in a new series on WebJunction published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovative programming from member libraries serving small and rural communities. Thanks to our first ...

Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

 News / Last Modified: 17 July 2018

Your role in your public library elevates you to a community leader and change agent. No matter your formal title or the size of your library, you have the opportunity to meet and evolve with your communities' changing needs. As a central learning an...

Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

 News / Last Modified: 13 July 2018

A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...