Silvis Public Library, LTC Grant Recipient, Again!

The Silvis Public Library has been selected as one of only 100 libraries to receive funding in the third round of the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities! The Silvis Library is a repeat grantee, having also been selected in round one. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant.

As part of the grant, Silvis Library will offer an online Community Engagement and Social Marketing workshop, available to all PrairieCat/RAILS staff on Wednesday, May 25th from 11am to 1pm. The direct link to the event is: https://meet.goto.com/SilvisPublicLibrary/community-engagement--social-marketing-training. This introductory workshop offers librarians a simple way to think strategically about reaching the right people with the right messages and the right asks.Speaker Rebecca Sanborn Stone draws from more than 15 years of experience helping people create happier, healthier, more connected and vibrant communities walk through critical steps of understanding audiences, designing the right messages, choosing creative communication.

Next, The Silvis Library will be hosting an online Teen Community Conversation on Friday, May 27th from 6pm to 7pm. We will be discussing creative ways that communities and non-profits can engage teens, build connections, and improve livability. Special guest Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Principal and Senior Planner at Community Workshop LLC, will join in on the conversation. This event will showcase a wide variety of possibilities and leave plenty of room for conversation and brainstorming among participants. The direct link to the event is: https://meet.goto.com/SilvisPublicLibrary/community-teen-talk

Finally, the library intends to offer an in-person "Civic Service Fair," date still to be determined. We hope to hold the event at a local high school, if possible, and invite non-profits to host a table. We will be using the knowledge gained from the workshop and community conversation to make the fair successful. We will offer door prizes and refreshments to encourage attendance.

It is our hope that the conversation, workshop, and "Civic Service Fair" will lead to improved youth library programming and increased teen community involvement.

"Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)."

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