For immediate release | September 24, 2013

Bringing the arts into the library

CHICAGO — Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support. For “Bringing the Arts into the Library,” published by ALA Editions, editor Carol Smallwood has combed the country to present examples of programs implemented by a variety of different types of libraries to enrich, educate and entertain patrons through the arts. The amazing creativity and resourcefulness found in each example provide practical models that can be adapted to any library environment, inspiring librarians looking for unique programming ideas. Her book shares such successful efforts as:

  • poetry programs in the public library;
  • gatherings for local authors at the community college;
  • creative writing in middle schools;
  • multicultural arts presentations at the university library;
  • initiatives to fight illiteracy through the arts.

Smallwood is the author or editor of numerous books, including the ALA Editions titles “Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook,” “Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians” and “Library Management Tips that Work.” She has written for such publications as The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public and special libraries and has served as a library consultant.

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Related Links

"Bringing the Arts into the Library"

"Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook"

"Adult Programs in the Library, Second Edition"


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

American Library Association

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