Author Archives: Ashley Johnson

It Takes a Village to Create A Giant Floor Piano

Our goal was to create a setting where our community could feel a sense of pride in building an object related to our summer reading theme, Read to the Rhythm. A floor piano, like in the movie Big, seemed like … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Questions About Friends Groups and We’ve Got Answers

RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Libraries) is the library system for northern Illinois.  It has a marketing networking group that meets every two months to discuss and share information about library marketing issues. At the May 29 meeting, the agenda included … Continue reading

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Friends Are Meant to Come and Go

At the Brookfield Public Library we have been fortunate enough to have a small but dedicated Friends of the Library group for just over thirty years. I met the group for the first time in 2005, and while I was … Continue reading

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Starting a Friends Group

The original Friends group at the Huntley Area Public Library began almost 25 years ago when the library district was formed. A book club of about 20 book lovers started the Friends group. Four years ago the original group disbanded … Continue reading

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How-To Market a How-To Fest

The library is always a place of learning and discovery, but even more so during Glenside Public Library District’s annual How-To Fest each fall. Inspired by the How-To Festival at the Louisville Public Library (, GPLD hosted its first event … Continue reading

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Connecting with Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

How many entrepreneurs and small business owners are in your library community? Maybe more than you think. A November Entrepreneur article explains that there are 17.9 million “solopreneuers” in the United States and growing ( In Barrington, where I am … Continue reading

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Lima Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group

The teen advisory group (TAG) at Lima Public Library currently consists of about 15 teens in grades 6-12 from a variety of area schools.  Working with the teen librarian, they plan nearly all the teen programs, help with selection of … Continue reading

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