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  • Seed and Plant Swap Grows During COVID

    Erie City Public Library in Erie, Kansas, serves a small town of about 1,085 people in Neosho County. We are a gathering place for the community.

    One of the goals of our little library is to support the community as much as we can. We do the...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times

    As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public ...

  • Recap: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis, OCLC Virtual Town Hall

    The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the personal and professional lives of library staff everywhere. As libraries respond to rapidly evolving information and guidelines, building closures, and loss of resources, staff are turning to new, virtual ways t...

  • Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More

    As libraries and schools close their physical spaces in response to COVD-19 and CDC recommendations for physical distancing, educators and library staff alike are moving learning and programming to digital platforms. Assembled below is a list of reso...

  • Growing Library Garden Programs

    This is a list of related resources and examples of libraries that are creating gardens and hosting garden programming. Many public libraries are connecting to community partners and transforming spaces to engage patrons of all ages in growing librar...

  • Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

    We're excited to announce a new report from OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA). Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, offers tested strategies to consider as libraries determine local responses to the nationwide public he...

  • A Race to Save the Planet: Public Libraries Lead Climate Change Effort

    How is your library supporting the community in addressing questions about climate change? Do you think there is more you could do? The staff at the Mill Valley Public Library in California knew that they could do more and set out to engage the commu...

  • Minnesota State Law Library Partners with Saint Paul Public Library to Promote Access to Justice

    Law libraries can provide people with information, forms, and legal aid references to help them with their legal questions. Too often, however, people either don’t know that law libraries exist or may be intimidated to visit them, a...