Library News Rodeo April 11, 2019
ALERT - Public libraries in every town, city, and county would be hurt if President Trump’s FY 2020 budget proposal stands.
All 50 state libraries - and the amazing work they do supporting each and every library in your state - would be harmed. School libraries and librarians, which are already reeling from years of local cuts, would have critical supports pulled out from under them. Our nation’s museums would fall short on their mission to educate and inform. And archives would be cut off from funding that ensures they bring communities in contact with their own histories. Please tell Congress how you feel about libraries and help share this call to action with your personal and professional networks.
We are celebrating three Election Day wins for libraries last week (April 2) and we have now helped over 100 libraries at the ballot box in the last six years! Find more information here to learn how you can help us get to 200 wins and beyond!
Design Institute by Library Journal – May 3rd, 2019
If your library is considering a design project, a new building, or just a refresh, the Library Journal Design Institute on May 3rd in Columbia, SC. is a must-do. Join EveryLibrary’s executive director John Chrastka for a session on Funding your idea along with several amazing designers, architects, and solutions providers for sessions and small group workshops. See you at the wonderful Richland Library!
Promoting Library Card Sign-up Month (from inside and outside the library) – Free webinar on May 8 at 2pm EDT
Why is it so important to get people to sign up for library cards? How do you do it if you’re a small library with limited resources or a large library system that’s already tried everything? Join EveryLibrary and LibraryAware for an interactive, practical, and actionable webinar about new and innovative ways to reach non-users. In this free webinar, you’ll learn about ways you can use marketing and awareness-building resources—along with the most effective techniques from political or issue campaigns—to make this year’s (and every year’s) Library Card Sign-up Month interactive, engaging, and successful. Please RSVP.
Coalitions are at the heart of every library funding success story. Too often, library leaders are isolated from other parts of the community and may not know how to start or join a coalition. Learn how to break through those barriers by being neighborly and build the coalition you need for library funding. This session will help you identify the organizations, agencies and stakeholder groups to align with, as well as how to frame the conversation with “important” individuals about the library in a new, high-impact way.
News and Trends
We're excited to bring you another fun fundraiser during the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC. Built on the success of the sell-out fundraiser at ALA in New Orleans and the fun we had throwing axes in Philadelphia during PLA, we are planning another sell-out event with a lot of fun activities, free drinks, light snacks, and networking opportunities for attendees as well as special guests!
Neat Stuff Libraries and Librarians do
People Taking Action: Chesapeake librarian brings characters to life, gets students interested in reading
Like the colorful characters in the books she recommends to her students, librarian Nikki Martel stands out as the positive protagonist in the Butts Road primary school story. ”I want everyone here to be lifelong readers and whatever I’ve gotta do to make that happen, I will,” said Martel.
Local libraries are often thought of as places to check out books or engage in some silent reading. But libraries offer so much more than just what can be found on their shelves or done in hushed tones. And, in some instances, libraries have become places to make some noise. From laptops and 3D laser printers, libraries today are providing the public with access to new technologies and education.
It has been said that reading books is surreal: You stare at marked slices of tree for hours on end, hallucinating vividly. Book lovers, therefore, are a strange bunch. They spend hours by themselves, escaping this world and immersing themselves in another. The variety of their worlds is as limitless as human knowledge. It’s a wonder that any one thing would bring these solitary souls together—until you consider the library.