Category Archives: Accessibility, New Services and Outreach

Ideas for promoting new features and services at the library

Wandering Wilbur, fundraising mascot

Library mascot photoWindsor Library staff brainstormed fundraising ideas, and came up with a traveling piggy bank. Wandering Wilbur has his own Facebook page, carrier, and pleasant personality. He raises funds for books and children’s programs, whatever his hosts want to donate. According to an article in the Claremont NH, Eagle Times, donations have ranged from 10 cents to $350.

Wilbur has been to New York, Philadelphia and Lake Sunapee– obviously this guy gets around!


Town Meeting Highlights Public Library in Marshfield, VT hosts a laptop slideshow during town meeting. They put together a tri-fold display and this year, plan to hand out magnets with the library logo, contact information and hours. The display has “Patron Pics,” photographs of patrons with their favorite authors and books underneath.

Guilford Free Library does the PowerPoint slideshow as well– mostly featuring kids doing things at the library. They sell tickets for a restaurant raffle, and draw the winners after town meeting lunch.

Lovin’ the Library in Middlebury

800px-Heart_of_the_Milky_Way_-_Valentine's_DayThe Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury has dreamed up a Valentine for the community. The Digital Media Lab, a collaboration between the Library and Middlebury Community Television, is holding an open house Tuesday evening, February 10, for patrons and guests to visit the Lab and film brief video Valentines.

According to a story in the Addison Independent, the Lab is designed to support the creating of digital media and the digitization of audio, video and photographic sources. The Digital Media Lab has equipment for video conferences, Skype calls, podcasting and video editing. Patrons can sign up for access to the room and get specific training for their project needs. Imagine taking old photographs or a home movie in and being able to walk out with a digital record. Awesome!

Library closed? Recommend area choices.

Children choosing books in RochesterRochester Public Library anticipates stretches of time this summer when the building will be closed. The children’s room is under construction. People need books — so the librarian put together a Rochester PL brochure to hand out ahead of time. What a good idea!

Prom Shop at the Library

prom dressesWhere can you find a prom dress in Highgate, Vermont (pop 3535)? According to a Facebook post March 12, the answer will soon be the Highgate Public Library. Way to explore new horizons!

“It’s PROM SEASON and we are trying to help make this event a memorable event for youth in our area. If you have a bridesmaid dress or prom dress just hanging in your closet and you want to clean house- we will take it (as long as it is of current fashion and clean). All the dresses that we collect will be available (for free) to girls in Franklin County to come and try on– and hopefully find one that will make their night perfect!”

Pop Up LIbrary at Town Meeting

Town Meeting Table 2014Wilder Memorial Library in Weston came to town meeting this year. Here, In librarian Kerri MacLaury’s words:

Last year we had a table to register new library patrons and we were able to register 50 patrons (which for our town of 566, that’s a big deal…and it was our first month with LibraryWorld up and running).

This year we decided to not only register patrons, but I took all of our newest DVDs, fiction and nonfiction books to set up a display table. What we did differently this year was brought our laptop and scanner so we could circulate materials from Town Meeting. It was so much fun! About 15 items went out today and people who had items on hold were able to pick them up at Town Meeting too.

It was a great way to show what the library had and to get items into the hands of people who don’t come through our doors too often. People were also blown away by the mobility of our library and they really saw how much of an effort we are making for our town. Several conversations were sparked on how we could bring our library to other places and I think this summer we are going to bring a table of books to our local rec center and check books out to kids there! Maybe even throw in a Story Time. Imagine all that fun brainstorming with citizens, town leaders and board members!

It was such a fun experience and I would recommend it to any library working with a cloud-based system like LibraryWorld. Just make sure you have a wi-fi connection! That’s the only catch. It’s library advocacy in action! And there wasn’t a question about our budget when it came up for approval! Phew!

Trustee Punch Card

Bradford Public Library encourages trustees to get comfortable with library services. Each trustee gets a punch card to document what they’ve done. Here are their punches:

Attend a library program
Borrow a library kit
Join the Friends
Try Mango to learn a foreign language
Experiment with the Vermont Online Library
Set up a Bradford Public Library account
Take a Universal Class

Here’s a PDF of the punch card:
Trustee Punch Card