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broken toaster
broken toaster

At Repair Cafés, volunteers make broken items like new again — and keep them out of landfills.

A program participant holds up their finished tile art project
A program participant holds up their finished tile art project
Blog by Jenn Carson

This easy, low-budget and intergenerational program uses ceramic tiles and markers to make freeform pieces of art.

Sign that reads "teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
Sign that reads "teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

Staff from the Free Library of Philadelphia explored team roles and dynamics to learn what strengths they bring to a team. 

A vendor selling her crafts
A vendor selling her crafts
in Program Models

For Small Business Saturday®, an Alabama library organized a craft fair to highlight local artisans.

Group of senior citizen women do chair yoga.
Group of senior citizen women do chair yoga.

When the Palos Verdes Library District embarked on a major initiative to serve older adults, they knew the first step: a needs assessment.

Five books in a row
Five books in a row
in News

Looking for ways to spice up your book club? Check out these ideas from our archives.

Man and woman stand to the side of a conference room talking.
Man and woman stand to the side of a conference room talking.

What exactly do we mean by community engagement? Library leaders involved in the Community-Centered Libraries initiative share their definitions...

Sign that reads "Check out a litter clean up kit with your library card." There is an image of a bucket with gloves to represent the kit.
Sign that reads "Check out a litter clean up kit with your library card." There is an image of a bucket with gloves to represent the kit.
in News

Everyone expects to be able to check out books and DVDs. But telescopes? Cake pans? Litter clean-up kits?