Bringing the Arts into the Library by Carol Smallwood

By Carol Smallwood

Utilizing a library's amenities to carry arts to the group isn't just a worthwhile provider, but in addition a superb advertising and marketing and outreach chance, a tangible technique to convey the general public that libraries provide worth, hence shoring up grassroots help. Smallwood has combed the rustic discovering examples of courses applied through numerous sorts of libraries to complement, teach, and entertain buyers throughout the arts. Her e-book stocks such winning efforts as

  • Poetry courses within the public library
  • Gatherings for neighborhood authors on the group college
  • Creative writing in center schools
  • Multicultural arts displays on the collage library
  • Initiatives to struggle illiteracy during the arts

The notable creativity and resourcefulness present in each one instance offer functional types which are tailored to any library surroundings, inspiring librarians searching for particular programming principles.

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The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library has a long, established working relationship with the Department of English through its liaison and outreach program to build collections suitable for curricular integration, its hosting of the occasional reading, and its instruction in information literacy. The Missoula writing community flourishes with both new and well-published authors-in-residence, healthy local bookstores, multiple reading series, the Missoula Writing Collaborative, and the annual Festival of the Book.

The room had the potential to provide casual seating, study tables, and presentation space that could be easily adjusted to accommodate varying sizes and types of activities. In addition, there is an extended space outside of the room that creates a lobbylike effect and has the capacity for additional casual seating, extended audience seating, and space for refreshments or book signings. Poetry Corner | 27 The humanities librarian, Foundation Center officer, and potential donor viewed the space and discussed the ideas of the donor and how they could translate into the library space and the UM curriculum, and enhance the lives of students.

Programs Frankly, we haven’t taken full advantage of the potential for programming around our exhibits. But one of our exhibitors, Yong Chen, who has illustrated Finding Joy, A Gift, and other books, gave a lecture in our theater on the process of publishing children’s books. He also demonstrated his watercolor technique during an art walk. Publicity The library writes a press release publicizing each exhibit and its opening reception. We send the release to local newspapers along with digital photographs of two or three items in the exhibit.

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