Library News Rodeo May 23, 2019
The 24 Hour Campaign of Blount County
On May 9th, we were contacted by the Blount County Public Library (BCPL) telling us that their funding was at risk of being seriously infringed upon by Blount County, the City of Maryville, and the City of Alcoa in Tennessee.
Over the next four days, we worked with the library and its staff to put together a petition to circulate. The petition was aimed at local leaders who had a say in the issue.
On Monday, May 13th the petition went live and within 24 hours it collected over 1,000 signatures. The massive influx of library supporters messages prompted the City Council and County Commission to reach out to the library director to begin working out other methods of procuring funding for the library.
We are happy to support campaigns like this with a petition on our platform. By working with us on our platform, the Blount County Public Library (BCPL) gained access to all of the pro-bono tools, data, funding, and training that EveryLibrary has to offer.
This incredible achievement could not have been achieved without the dedication of the Blount County community and the determination of the library staff.
Head on over to the Friends of Blount County Library page to support them.
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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!
This year, we'll be hosting our event at Buffalo Billiards, just a short distance from the Convention Center. This fun space offers billiards, skeeball, shuffleboard, ping ping, darts and much more. Your ticket includes access to everything that Buffalo Billiards has to offer and an open bar with beer, wine, and well. Plus, don't forget about those opportunities to meet with and connect with some of your favorite friends and colleagues and meet new people.
Neat Stuff Libraries and Librarians Do
Liberty Elementary school students in Worthington have one more thing to check in before checking out for summer: the school library books.
Mary Evelyn Smith sends a reminder to students by singing "Bring Back Your Books," a parody to Walk the Moon's hit song, "Shut Up and Dance."
“Providing Lynda.com is another way the Libraries of Stevens County supports our local communities and small businesses,” said Amanda Six, Director of Libraries of Stevens County.
Lynda.com, now owned by LinkedIn, offers over 12,000 courses. The courses are free to those with their library card number and PIN. The database can be accessed by any device with an internet connection, and there is an option to download course content to view later without an active connection.
In a first annual report released this year, the Middle Georgia Regional Library system estimates that it added almost $18 million in value to the communities in 2018. The figure was calculated based on the quantity of resources checked out and the classes offered free of charge at the libraries.
In that same period, the library region received about $4,800,100 in local, state and federal resources, according to a press release from the library. The release adds that for every dollar spent on libraries, an estimated $3.70 was returned to the community.