Interesting Facts From School This Week:
Week 2 I’m learning about about Community Outreach! Here are some quotes from my class reading about libraries reaching out to communities in innovative ways:
- Businesses want to support specific causes and be public with their support to give their companies identifiable personalities, showing that they support the community and the people in it. Libraries can help them connect to customers, investors, employees and the community.
- Economic, educational, civic and social opportunities are tied to a whole new set of knowledge and skills that barely existed a generation ago, and people without these skills or access to this information abundance are quickly left behind.
- No longer a nice-to-have amenity, the public library is a key partner in sustaining the educational, economic and civic health of the community during a time of dramatic change.
- Libraries need to be less autonomous and adopt more collaborative approaches to engaging with and building partnerships across the community.
- In the United States, libraries receive about 7.5% of their annual revenue from states and only 0.5% from the federal government. Other sources accounted for just over 7%.
- A lot of elected officials who make decisions on funding haven’t been in a library in years.
My idea for community outreach is to start a “Books & Beer” book club that meets at a local brew pub — my city has several local breweries. The idea was to capture that “new adult” age (18-30) that isn’t always drawn to my library when they don’t have children.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
On Tuesday I shared my review of the memoir The Love Prison Made and Unmade by Ebony Roberts. While visiting a prison to do some work as an activist, she met Shaka Senghor and started dating him while he was still incarcerated. The memoir details her two years visiting, writing, and calling her imprisoned lover.
On Friday I shared three mini reviews of books I chose not to finish. Two were fatphobic, whether they intended to be or not, and one just couldn’t maintain my interest because it was an uneven collection of flash fiction. I didn’t used to review/rate books I DNF, but after reading an article at Pages Unbound, I have started to. I would have appreciated such reviews before I bought some of the novels I DNF’d.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
October is upon us, and I’m excited to share my (mostly) spooky reads in my start-of-the-month post on Tuesday. Be sure to stop by then so you can see what’s ahead!
On Friday I’ll share three mini audiobook reviews. They are rather different titles: Dare Me by Megan Abbott, Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan, and Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We’re getting so close to the end! There is news on what happened to Little Em’ly, David realizes his marriage to Dora may have been too hasty, and Mr. Dick helps solve a fidelity concern between Dr. Strong and his (very!) young wife.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: