Building Engagement

Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement
PDF:  Harvard Family Research Project, Public Library Association
The Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association call for libraries to join together with schools and community organizations to establish a system of family engagement that extends throughout a child’s life, supports children and families, and prepares children for success.

Building Meaningful Relationships through Community Engagement
Article: Public Libraries Online
Chloe Van Stralendorff gives an overview of the presentation, Building Meaningful Relationships through Community Engagement, by Maggie Killman and Gabriel Venditti at the 2018 PLA National Conference.

Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement
Webinar: WebJunction
A webinar (plus slides and resources) rethinking how library spaces can be configured to enhance and expand community engagement in the digital ages.

Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library
Book: Scarecrow Press
Julie Biando Edwards, Melissa S. Robinson, and Kelley Rae Unger share ideas on how to create a more community-oriented library.  These ideas include libraries as centers for civic action, sustainability, diverse populations, and more.

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town
Article: Public Libraries Online
Julie Biando Edwards, Melissa S. Rauseo, and Kelley Rae Unger provide examples of many libraries that are actively playing different reference roles in their community.  Additional resources are provided for more exploration.