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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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...

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...

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 ...

Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: A Town Hall Summary

 News / Last Modified: 08 November 2017

The opioid overdose and addiction crisis is crashing through American cities and towns. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, now kill 91 people each day and the number of opioid associated deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

 Webinar / Last Modified: 23 September 2017

WebJunction and PLA invites libraries and their community partners to join this virtual town hall discussion about current library needs and possible responses to the nation's opioid crisis.

Rural Resources and Funding: The Rural Information Center

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 August 2017

This webinar showcases information and resources from the Rural Information Center made available to libraries and other organizations working to maintain the vitality of America's rural communities.