"Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities." -R. David Lankes
Reading nook, community center, makerspace. What purpose does your public library serve your community? Chances are your library supports your community more than you know. Public libraries of today are not only for finding books, they give people the opportunity to find jobs, explore their interests, experience new concepts but most of all they create a safe, inclusive space for the communities they serve.
Now, more than ever, we feel it is important to find ways to celebrate our public libraries, the cornerstone of our communities! Join us throughout the year in celebrating public libraries with these ideas.
Summer Reading With 2021 Collaborative Summer Library Program
The past year has been hard on all of our communities. As humans, we crave togetherness and this has been next to impossible with the circumstances. With life beginning to get back to “normal” this summer and communities starting to reconnect with each other again, we think the 2021 Collaborative Summer Library Program couldn’t have come at a better time.
We love the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s concept of empowering libraries to foster a community free from discrimination. We at StickTogether aim to do the same which is why, in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program, we have created two images to celebrate the Tails and Tales 2021 Program. It's the perfect way to reconnect and engage your entire community with the program. You can find our 2021 Tails and Tales images here.
Back To School With Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when students are also going back to school. As parents go out to buy their students' school supplies, why not also remind them to stop by their public library and pick up the most important school supply of them all…the library card!
Why is it important to get a library card? Like Marley Dias, honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month, would say “A library card is the ticket you need to travel across the globe. It allows you to experience stories that can connect you to diverse and empowering experiences,".
A library card opens up so many doors for students. A library card gives students access to free books, movies, music, magazines, databases, courses, and in some cases, museum passes. This September, join Marley Dias and the American Library Association in promoting the power of a library card. To help spread that Marley Dias is Library Card Sign Up Month Honorary Chair and for more tools click here.
Slide Into The Holiday Season With International Games Week
Gaming is a great way to work our minds while having fun and connecting with our community in a stress-free way! We know that the holiday season can be a hectic time which is why we encourage you to slow down this year with some fun instead. International Games Week is perfect for reconnecting all patrons by encouraging them to interact with each other in fun ways.
November 7th-13th, 2021 is when International Games Week will be celebrated this year. All libraries need to do to participate is host a game-related activity during or near the week of the event. Your event can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. Reports from 2017 show that participants played board/card games, outdoor games, roleplay games, online games, coding games, and more. The sky's the limit when it comes to International Games Week.
Librarians, make sure to register to be eligible for the drawing and start planning your event now. Click here to learn more about International Games Week and to register your library.
How do you plan to recognize the cornerstone of your community during the year? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. And as always, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.