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To make your grant application competitive:
• Applications that have been thoroughly prepared stand out to reviewers. Spend time writing the application, thinking of ideas for programs, and lining up support in the library and in the community, and you will see better results in both the application process and when developing and implementing the program.
According to a recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, saving money was the third most popular New Year’s resolution. Libraries are trying to make this goal easier to reach.
With the assistance of grants, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country are helping library users pinch a few extra pennies this year.
King County in Washington State has a very diverse population, and the King County Library System (KCLS) has adapted and grown in ways that have made it a very accessible resource for all communities. Established in 1942, KCLS’ mission is to provide all community members with free, open, and equal access to ideas and information.
This month, celebrate holiday traditions, go beyond C.S. Lewis’s famous wardrobe, relive Pearl Harbor, learn more about George Washington’s Christmas boat ride across the Delaware, celebrate Emily Dickinson’s birthday, and travel back in time to the City of Light in the first part of the last century.
Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas
Partnerships are critical to what we do every day. Their value cannot be underestimated. By working together it allows us to go beyond simply doing “more with less,” to doing “more with more.” Public libraries are in a unique position to act as a catalyst for innovative community development initiatives.
As informal education institutions, museums and libraries share similar missions and values and can benefit from forging partnerships. Benefits include resource sharing, outreach to new audiences, access to expertise and the potential for increasing goodwill and support between the organizations and the broader community. Participants will learn about a number of successful museum/library partnerships that are generating innovative programming, exhibits and creating new opportunities for outreach and how to identify potential partners and successfully manage joint projects.
Library programming is not only about the big picture, it’s also about the small details. For example, Nann Blaine Hilyard, director of the Zion-Benton (Ill.) Public Library, recently asked the following good question on the Public Programs discussion list:
We’re trying to come up with a way to explain registering for programs that encourages rather than discourages.