A recent post on Public Libraries Online discussed the difficulties making community connections, despite best intentions. The author's solution? Outreach in a box--a ready-to-go display and site-specific collection of materials.
In essence, the idea and development, is very similar to that of a book group in a box, but more service-oriented and directed. We would pack up a box full of specifically tailored pathfinders, collection spotlights, resource guides, card signup links, and library promo materials. But we also wanted to have a physical presence there – a little satellite library that could maybe even be eventually used as a community reads distribution center, or at least have a more substantial presence than a couple bookmarks and flyers lying on a countertop.
How might you make a Growing Wisconsin Readers outreach box for a location in your community? Send in your photos or ideas for a future blog post!