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Small but Mighty: Examples of Greatness from Small Libraries

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Like most organizations that provide continuing education opportunities, our State Library of Iowa issues an evaluation form following our training events for library workers. Once, after we presented some great ideas for summer reading programming, some of our attendees’ comments implied that the ideas were good only for “big libraries” — not for small libraries with limited staff, budgets and spaces.

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Class

DIY Chunky Blanket

The DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Class teaches patrons, ages teen through adult, to knit a cozy throw blanket with no special tools required. The class is free; participants only need to bring their own yarn. 

Our goal was to provide a fun, inexpensive craft for people who could not afford, or travel, to attend a class in another city. 

8 Ways to Save Money on Programming in a Tiny Library (Part 1)

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Meservey, Iowa, is a tiny, rural town of just 240 people. We have a church, a bar, a post office … and my little library. There isn’t much to do in town as far as entertainment goes, so the library tends to serve as a community hub — we are one of the only local sources of free events and programming.

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