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SWON Visits – Campbell County Public Library

Wednesday, July 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
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Collaborating with your park district and your local Cooperative Extension service may seem like obvious choices. After all, it’s summer and it feels great to be outside at a local park, having fun with families and providing programming that educates too. How about choosing a park in an area where your data shows your library doesn’t have much traction. Or better yet, how about an area where you’d like to build a branch, where you know the branch is needed, but perhaps the community does not see it yet. As with over half of the libraries in Kentucky, there is still a pending lawsuit related to library funding. So no building plans are going anywhere. In the meantime though, why not make a special effort to reach parts of the county that you know are underserved? J.C. Campbell, Director of the Campbell County Library asked Dave Anderson, Branch Manager at Cold Springs, to approach the parks district to see what could be done. The result is Jolly Thursdays, held in the Jolly Park’s Stapleton Pavilion for eight weeks this summer. Community response has been twice what was expected and library staff has been out in force meeting families and handing out library cards.

Strategic planning meets Mr. Cowpie!

~ Melanie

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