Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

1 hour

Join us for this free one-hour webinar to learn how to forge community partnerships in a small community and host exceptional library programs on a tiny budget.

Meservey, Iowa, is tiny — fewer than 250 residents —  and the library’s budget is tight. Despite this, the Meservey Public Library has managed to triple its program attendance in the past few years and create many memorable, budget-friendly events. 

Drawing on her experience as director of the Meservey Public Library, Chelsea Price will share ideas for hosting "big" programs on a small budget and discuss how partnerships can be an invaluable resource for programming. 

Participants of this session will:

  • Discover new programming ideas
  • Learn how to build partnerships with community members to help the library thrive as the "hub" of the town
  • Explore ways to trim your programming budget and save money 


Chelsea headshot

Chelsea Price is the director at the Meservey Public Library in Iowa (population 220). Chelsea’s favorite part of her job is programming and working with the community to help Meservey thrive and grow. Since she started as director in 2015, program attendance numbers have more than tripled, and she hopes they will continue to increase. When not at the library, she loves pet sitting and volunteering at various animal shelters around the state. Chelsea especially loves senior dogs. Her and her husband have four senior, special-needs rescue dogs of their own.