Category Archives: Outreach

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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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 (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239522). In Barrington, where I am … Continue reading

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“Steal” This Seminar: Marketing Advice That Comes to You

You know the benefits of meeting your marketing colleagues in person at workshops and annual meetings. However, your schedule might not always agree. Many of us are not full-time library marketers, either because we do other jobs or because we … Continue reading

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So you want to host an author!

When Jane Hamilton visited the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee in 1998, she began a long tradition of author appearances that now number close to 150. Tawni O’Dell went from winning the Friends of the Library creative writing contest to … Continue reading

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Creative Marketing Videos #2 (and 3 & 4)

Research Rescue | Episode 1 “Stuck” This entertaining first episode of a multi-part series from the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University has plot, drama, and, best of all, librarians as actors.   Research Rescue | Episode  “Book … Continue reading

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Part 2: Libraries Change Lives: How the Big Read Helped Veterans Heal

We have different names for this process in libraries, of course. We call it Community Driven. Community Engagement. 21st Century. Advisory Committeed. Embedded Librarianship. Asset-based Community Development. No one person can take the credit because it is a complex organism … Continue reading

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Part 1: Libraries Change Lives: How the Big Read Helped Veterans Heal

58,286 names. 9 from Elgin, 6 from St. Charles, 6 from Carpentersville, 5 from Crystal Lake, 3 from Cary, 3 from Batavia, 2 from Geneva, 2 from Streamwood, 1 each from Algonquin, Gilberts, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Huntley, Wayne. Young men, … Continue reading

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