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  • Pima County Library: Building Community through Cultural Humility

    It’s no secret that a lot of really wonderful people work in libraries. I learn so much from having regular access to motivated, smart people who are so passionate about helping others. The best librarians possess a unique blend of conviction, commit...

  • Successful Partnership Model Provides Legal Assistance Across Colorado

    Ric Morgan is a humble man who brushes off any accolades to himself and gives all the credit to librarians. “Go give the librarians a hug. Thank the librarians, they’re the ones who make this all possible!” Morgan is referring to successes of the Vir...

  • Build on Strengths When Responding to a Crisis

    As the REALM project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) continues to gather and adapt science-based information to inform local decision making by libraries, archives, and museums, it’s been essential to listen to the real-world experiences...

  • Public Health is Part of Library Outreach

    Outreach efforts in the public library increasingly center around building, sustaining, and leveraging community partnerships, including with public health partners. That fact was evident at the 2021 Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services’...

  • Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Curriculum Available

    Like many libraries across the nation, the Free Library of Philadelphia is undergoing a paradigm shift. Increasingly, our focus is not only on extensive collections but on how we are engaging with our communities. To address this shift, the Free Libr...

  • Partnerships as the Key to the Future of Rural Library Services to Older Adults

    When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, public librarians grappled with the challenge of how to continue supporting the types of social connections they had, pre-pandemic, facilitated through engaging programming and inviting spaces. For many older adult...

  • Community of Practice for Telehealth at the Library

    Even before the pandemic, Pottsboro Library in Texas had begun to focus more on health, through their community garden, and programming like cooking classes for families on a SNAP budget. But when director Dianne Connery witnessed the added challenge...

  • Find Community Collaborators and Partners

    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. As you interact with many members of your community through a variety of discovery stra...

  • Outdoor Winter Programming Ideas

    Earlier this year, in Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times, we shared how some libraries were moving library programming and services to the outdoors, as a way to stay engaged with their communities during the pandemic. And n...

  • Take a StoryWalk Through Downtown with the Library

    The StoryWalk® ranks among the most ingenious ideas of the last 20 years. From humble origins in Montpelier, Vermont, this idea has spread throughout libraries across North America, and beyond. And in recent years, and especially with libraries close...