This fall, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) celebrates the tenth anniversary of one of its most popular programs, One Book, One Chicago. I have been with CPL working on this program for just over four years, and have learned more than I could ever share in one article. It’s a rich, rewarding program, as much for me working on it as for readers who participate.
I admit to being a bit late to the geocaching party—I only found out about it a year ago, when I chanced upon some related iPhone apps—but I immediately saw how well it could lend itself to library programming. Turns out I’m not alone in thinking that; a quick Google search revealed libraries have been offering geocaching events for years. For those of you who are also new to the phenomenon, I’ve gathered some information you may find useful for planning your own geocaching programs.
In January 2007, KPBS, San Diego’s local public broadcasting station, and the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) launched “One Book, One San Diego,” a community-wide reading initiative designed to educate and enlighten on topics and themes of concern to our community while promoting reading as a source of pleasure and enrichment. This campaign is similar to some found in other cities, but with the distinction of having a public television and radio station join forces with a public library.