Bookmobile and Library Outreach Networking Group

Abbreviation: 
B'LONG

We are a group of outreach specialists, librarians, managers, and support staff dedicated to bringing outreach services to meet the unique needs of each of our libraries populations. We meet to share programming ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations. We promote and advocate for outreach as an essential library service. Whether you use a bookmobile, library van, or your personal car to reach your patrons, this group has something of interest to anyone working in outreach.

Meetings: 

Meetings are held on Fridays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, approximately quarterly at different area libraries/locations in the Midwest Illinois area. Dates & locations for 2018:

February 16th: St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. 6th Ave., St. Charles, IL ,630-584-0076 (David Kelsey, dkelsey@stcharleslibrary.org)

May 11th: New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Pkwy, New Lenox, IL 60451, (815) 485-2605 (Amy Hollis, ahollis@newlenoxlibrary.org)

August 10th: Dole Branch Library, Oak Park Public Library, 255 Augusta St, Oak Park, IL 60302. Contact Sarah Yale, syale@oppl.org, or #708-452-3416.

November 9th: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross St, Wheaton, IL 60187. Courtney Tedrick, Head of Community Engagement #630-868-7526 (courtney@wheatonlibrary.org).

We encourage you to work with Outreach Services staff and organizations.
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, a national association and affiliate of ALA:
http://abos-outreach.com

Serving Patrons with Dementia, a RAILS/IHLS networking group: https://www.railslibraries.info/community/groups/serving-patrons-dementia-group

Email/Communications: 

Communicate via email to:

Tina M. Williams, Outreach Services Manager, White Oak Library District
2018 B'LONG Secretary & 2018 ABOS President
twilliams@whiteoaklibrary.org

Contact: 
Library Types: 
Public
Category: 
Member Networking Group
Outreach
Geographical Area: 
Aurora
Bloomington/Normal
Burr Ridge
Chicago
Freeport
Galena
Galesburg
Joliet
Kankakee
LaSalle
Macomb
Moline
Northbrook
Peoria
Quincy
Rockford
Sterling
Sycamore