Outreach

  • Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: A Webinar Series with the Free Library of Philadelphia

    Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Their extensive collections offer boundless discoveries, but increasingly their focus is not only on what is housed within their walls and on thei...

  • Telling the Story of Food: Why Food Literacy Matters to Your Library

    Rebecca Antill was a presenter in the WebJunction webinar, Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library. Here, she shares additional information about food literacy programming and resources made available through the South Carolina Sta...

  • We're Not Complete Without You: A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project

    As libraries continue to look for ways to create meaningful community connections during the pandemic, it was exciting to see this wonderful idea shared in the Programming Librarian Interest Group on Facebook. Thank you to Paula Wagner, Reference...

  • Discover Community Needs and Interests

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. If active learning seeks to involve community members to co-create and collaborate arou...

  • Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces

    Libraries have evolved over the past few years to augment their role in providing lifelong learning for their communities. They have shifted from passive to active engagement with community members. They are becoming hubs of collaborative learning, p...

  • 2021 National Day of Racial Healing

    The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world.
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  • Think Outside the Library with a Sidewalk Obstacle Course

    Noah Lenstra (Let's Move in Libraries) looks at how libraries can engage communities safely by taking programs and services outside, including creating obstacle courses.

    In just one month, this idea of a sidewalk obstacle course has s...

  • Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 2

    In part 2 of the series, Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explore how libraries assess community needs in relation to outdoor tourism and recreation economies, and ex...

  • Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 1

    Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, reflect on preliminary research into how rural counties with outdoor tourism and recreation economies benefit from population sta...

  • Library as a Social Assistance Office

    With a determined stride and a big smile, Ida Abolins walks over to the writing desk at the window of the library in San Francisco and asks a young man bending over a pile of paper, "How are you doing?"

    Overlooking the lavish City ...