The Pass the Book program at Howard County Library (Columbia, Maryland) uses the “power of peer recommendation” to promote reading among teens. Librarian Katie George said, “The fastest, most effective way to promote reading…or anything else…among teens is for a teenager to make a recommendation to another teenager.” The program’s result in 2010: 324 teens read The Secret Hour
The Cambria County (PA) Library used LSTA grant money to develop an area in the library tailored for adults 55 and better. It's a 450-square-foot area dubbed the "Classic Corner."
Ellen M. Dolan is one of 10 librarians nationwide to receive the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award. A veteran of over 35 years of working in libraries, the director of the Shrewsbury (MA) Public Library won praise from town officials and patrons for her energy, creativity and dedication.
Here's inspiration for a community partnership you might consider for your library:
Cindy Stanczak, Adult & Teen Services Librarian at Albion (MI) District Library, asked Publib readers for unusual program ideas and offered up some she had as discussion-starters:
Serving the 21st Century Patron is a free online WebJunction conference, scheduled for December 1 - 2, 2010.
Program topics focus on the changing needs, challenges, and opportunities related to providing customer service in your 21st-century library.