A place at the table: Participating in community building

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Community Engagement, Public Libraries


From urban giants to small towns across the country, there is a palpable hunger for a greater sense of community. Libraries, as they continue to provide a vital public service, are in a unique position to help satisfy this hunger. Unfortunately, they are often left out of the discussion initiated by theorists, writers, planners, activists and civic planners. Award-winning librarian, educator, author and activist, Kathleen de la Peña McCook challenges librarians everywhere to get involved early and often by demanding a place at the community planning and development table. From the author's examples of real-life librarians who have blazed community building trails, you will learn how to: Build a grassroots campaign Strengthen your library’s connections in the community by forming powerful partnerships Become involved in policy making early Promote your library’s tangible assets