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.

We encourage you to work with Outreach Services staff and organizations.
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), 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

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 2020:

January 10 – Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin
April 17 – Tinley Park Public Library, Tinley Park
July 10 – Addison Public Library, Addison
October 9 – Schaumburg Township District Library, Central Library Branch (Schaumburg)

Email/Communications: 

Communicate via email to:

Marianne Thompson, Outreach Services Manager, Fountaindale Public Library, 2019 B'LONG President, mmthompson@fountaindale.org

Diana Koepp, Outreach Coordinator/Adult Services, Frankfort Public Library, 2019 B'LONG Secretary, dkoepp@frankfortlibrary.org

Tina Williams, Outreach Services Manager, White Oak Library District, 2020 B'LONG President, twilliams@whiteoaklib.org

Mara Barbel, Childrens Outreach Librarian, Shorewood-Troy Library, 2020 B'LONG Secretary, mbarbel@shorewoodtroylibrary.org

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