Bringing the Arts Into the Library

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"Using a library's facilities to bring arts to the community is a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support. Editor Smallwood has combed the country finding examples of programs implemented by a variety of different types of libraries to enrich, educate, and entertain patrons through the arts. Her book shares such successful efforts as
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"Using a library's facilities to bring arts to the community is a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support. Editor Smallwood has combed the country finding examples of programs implemented by a variety of different types of libraries to enrich, educate, and entertain patrons through the arts. 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
The amazing creativity and resourcefulness found in each example provide practical models which can be adapted to any library environment, inspiring librarians looking for unique programming ideas."
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VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
The arts in libraries are in as direct connection to libraries’ mission statements as reference collections and storytimes. This anthology selects library case studies in four different categories of art and art management. The art categories are literary, visual, performing, and mixed. School, public, academic, and special libraries are represented in the anthology of twenty chapters. With the variety of libraries and age ranges represented, only a few examples will appeal to youth and teen specialists. Highlighting those specifically are the literary arts section, the national novel writing month’s big write-in, and the visual arts section, particularly the chapter on using students for graphic design assistance. In the performing arts section is a fabulous description of a teenaged theater-arts group, and the mixed arts section highlights Orange County Public Library’s ART revolution for teens. According to publicity material, the examples within are to “provide practical models which can be adapted to any library environment.” While some of the examples are too specialized to duplicate without a massive effort, even those examples express passion for arts in libraries. The teen-oriented programs are the most accessible. The second to last chapter is perhaps the most important one of all: “Raising Money to Support the Arts in Your Library.” That chapter should be required reading for all programming librarians and their administration. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear; Ages adult professional.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838911754
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    The arts and libraries are a natural fit; this book is a treasur

    The arts and libraries are a natural fit; this book is a treasure-trove of ideas and practical advice about how to bring them together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    This book is an affirmation of the role libraries can play in th

    This book is an affirmation of the role libraries can play in the arts, even in this time of  technology overload.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    Joy of joys, that this book should offer the ideas necessary for

    Joy of joys, that this book should offer the ideas necessary for allowing libraries to fully realize their potential as natural powerhouses for their community's cultural life by drawing in writers, painters, photographers and other artists, who by virtue of their creations, then pull in patrons!

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