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IN CONCERT
BUILDING VALUABLE COMMUNITY
PARTNERSHIPS
ANDREA COFFIN, COMMUNITY LIAISON / SERVICE SPECIALIST, WILS
MARIA ESCA...
Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries!
May 7 – 9, 2014
Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan, WI
Maria Escalante
Lib...

CMN Library Growth
1996 – 1998
Occupied ½ of a trailer
Fall 1998 – Summer 2008
Occupied Lower level area of
Shirley Daly...

CMN Library Growth
• Library becomes a stand
alone building, August
2008 , work is done in
phases
• Library is named “S....

Why a merger?
 Menominee Public Library was
looking to hire a new director
 I requested a merger to combine
the two li...

Building Community Interest
 “If you build it they
will come…”
 In order to build
partnerships we
had to attract the
c...

Building Community Interest
 To appeal to youth I
selected a creative
image for the youth
library card
 Children come ...

Building Community
Interest
 Nine DIYs in April & May 2013
to draw people in
 Building community partners,
drew on exp...

Building Community Interest
 As the library was invited to have
a booth at community events we
set up a wading pool wit...

Building Community Interest
 The College of Menominee
Nation participated in the state
wide “Get up and go” event
 The...

Building Collections
 As an academic
library I did not have
the materials that
appealed to the
community
 Added popula...

Community Partnerships
 Semester Community Reads
 With Public library status ~
contact the Aging Division to
get books...

Community Partnerships
 Special Collections
(Archives) made
connections at our
Community
reception which led
to request...

Institutional Partnerships
 To draw in the younger crowd I
purchased outside games like
Giant Jenga for family events
...

Institutional Partnerships
 The Teacher Education
Department has a grant and
works with the head start
 As part of a c...

Institutional Partnerships
and beyond
 For a recent grant the library
partnered with the Community
Technology Center (C...

Institutional Partnerships
and beyond
 So far we have had a meeting with
potential community partners
 Menominee Triba...

Keys to our success
 Partners that had a similar goal
 People that had the time to work
with us
 We provided library ...
Lucky Partners
The Luck, Wisconsin Public Library and
Historical Museum Working Together
Jill Glover

Luck, Wisconsin
70 miles from Twin Cities
Population 1200
Lake Country

1850's Rest Stop
In "Luck" to get 1/2 way
Luck Grows and Changes
 Indian scession treaties open land for settlement 1870’s
Danish immigration brings dairy farming...
Incorporated 1905
The Small Old Library
Ground Breaking 2007
The Finished Building
Design
 Library space (main floor, meeting room, break room and office) - 47%
 Museum (and work/st...
Building for the Future
Other Things to Consider
The lot and building are owned by the village of Luck but were
built with private donations
The...
Benefits of living together
 Synergy of sharing space and ideas
 Better drawing power for both
 Cost savings by sharing...
Successful Things We have Done Together
Partner to show classic free movies
Cooperatively sponsored Civil War speakers
...
Key Elements of Success
 Strong rapport established during building project
 Friendly, cooperative staffs
 Broad commun...
Possible Pitfalls With Cohabitation
 Don’t expect the library staff to watch the museum
 Importance of keeping library a...
KENOSHA AND THE BIG
READ
Making Community Connections and Lasting Partnerships
About Kenosha Public Library
 Service population of 135,000
 4 neighborhood branches, 1 Bookmobile
 71,000 registered l...
About the Big Read
 The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the
Arts
 Designed to revitalize the role of...
Application requirements
 Grant application process is straightforward
 Programming around themes of a specific book
Kic...
Our 1st Big Read 2010
• Our first selection
was The Grapes of
Wrath by John
Steinbeck
 We started planning six months before the application was due.
 Major requirement of the grant is to partner with local...
Planning-1st Big Read
 What organizations would be a good fit?
 Are their missions similar to the Library’s?
 How would...
1st Big Read
 Developed partnerships with Friends of the Kenosha Public
Library, Kenosha Public Library Foundation, Kenos...
Grapes of Wrath
Grapes of Wrath
 Huge success!
Gave away 1200 copies of the title
The Kenosha Literacy Council incorporated The Grapes of...
The Big Read 2012
Sun, Stone, and
Shadows: 20
Mexican Short
Stories edited by
Jorge Hernandez
Sun, Stone, and Shadows
New partnership
with the Boys and
Girls club
Stronger ties with
Bradford High
School
Family Literacy Night at the Kenosha Literacy Council
Julia Durango visits Uptown Library
Children’s Author Visit
Rewards
 New partnerships created
between other organizations
 Stronger partnerships with
Kenosha Literacy Council,
Keno...
2013 Big Read – Edgar Allan Poe
Most successful
Big Read
 Our most successful Big Read!
KENOSHA. POE. 2 0 1 3 .
The Big R...
Poe Kick-Off Event
Green Bay Packers provided incentives for people to participate in the Big Read
Kenosha Literacy Council
By the numbers
31 partnerships
with local
organizations and
businesses
 60 total programs included:
 14 book discussions...
Lemon Street Gallery provides a rotating art collection for all our buildings
Rewards of Partnerships
Rewards of Partnerships
 Our partnership was featured on the NEA Big Read national
blog
 Also featured on the website, L...
 What does the phrase “library as incubator” mean to you?
 “Libraries have always been incubators. Essentially, that is
...
Art from Lemon Street Gallery
More Art From Lemon Street Gallery
The Big Yarn
Big Yarn
Yarn Bombing
Lessons
 Starts with a conversation
Everyone loves the library
 Plan early and plan for the unexpected
 Mix-ups will ha...
Apply, Apply, Apply
 Grant process is simple
 Encourages your library to get out into the community
 The Big Read staff...
The Big Read @
the Kenosha Public Library
 2010 – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 2012 – Sun Stone and Shadows: 20 Me...
QUESTIONS?
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  1. 1. IN CONCERT BUILDING VALUABLE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ANDREA COFFIN, COMMUNITY LIAISON / SERVICE SPECIALIST, WILS MARIA ESCALANTE, LIBRARY DIRECTOR, COLLEGE OF MENOMINEE NATION JILL GLOVER, DIRECTOR, LUCK PUBLIC LIBRARY TOM CARSON, HEAD OF REFERENCE SERVICES, KENOSHA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  2. 2. Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries! May 7 – 9, 2014 Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan, WI Maria Escalante Library Director College of Menominee Nation S. Verna Fowler Academic Library / Menominee Public Library
  3. 3.  CMN Library Growth 1996 – 1998 Occupied ½ of a trailer Fall 1998 – Summer 2008 Occupied Lower level area of Shirley Daly Hall on Campus Approximately 2,000 square feet
  4. 4.  CMN Library Growth • Library becomes a stand alone building, August 2008 , work is done in phases • Library is named “S. Verna Fowler Academic Library,” fall 2012 • Academic merges with Menominee Public Library December 2012
  5. 5.  Why a merger?  Menominee Public Library was looking to hire a new director  I requested a merger to combine the two libraries  The College President Dr Fowler & Menominee tribal leadership were in favor  Gives the community a larger library with more programming and resources  Consolidates community resources  Allows the college to have access to funding for public libraries
  6. 6.  Building Community Interest  “If you build it they will come…”  In order to build partnerships we had to attract the community  The library hosted events like this, targeted for the community
  7. 7.  Building Community Interest  To appeal to youth I selected a creative image for the youth library card  Children come in wanting a library card because it is so unique  Also worked with Menominee Transit to allow the library card to work for a free ride from the library to their home
  8. 8.  Building Community Interest  Nine DIYs in April & May 2013 to draw people in  Building community partners, drew on expertise of CMN faculty, staff, UW Extension, community as presenters
  9. 9.  Building Community Interest  As the library was invited to have a booth at community events we set up a wading pool with “fossils”  Digging for fossils with “Fossil Phil” was a perfect way to advertise our participation in the summer reading program  Wonderful interactive event for the library
  10. 10.  Building Community Interest  The College of Menominee Nation participated in the state wide “Get up and go” event  The library had an activity that kept children moving, and helped advertise library activities, including the summer reading program
  11. 11.  Building Collections  As an academic library I did not have the materials that appealed to the community  Added popular DVDs, popular fiction, children’s materials (books, toys, xbox, etc)  As our patron base grows so do opportunities for partnerships Menominee Tribal Library Statistics Reported on DPI annual report 2012 Total Annual Circulation 1820 2013 Merge Libraries Circulation Community 5983 Child, Community 1105 7088 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Community Child, community
  12. 12.  Community Partnerships  Semester Community Reads  With Public library status ~ contact the Aging Division to get books to the senior centers  Community really looks forward to our next book & author event  Story times  Stockbridge Head start contacted us after the merger to bring kids
  13. 13.  Community Partnerships  Special Collections (Archives) made connections at our Community reception which led to requests for presentations in Fall 2013, and to be present at a Youth Speak Event 10/17/2013 MIHS - Intro Special Collections, especially Treaty of 1848 materials Class 1 19 10/17/2013 MIHS - Intro Special Collections, especially Treaty of 1848 materials Class 2 17 11/7/2013 Special Collection Open House showcasing print & digital photo collections 31 12/6/2013 Presentation to MIHS Faculty on SC Termination/Restoration materials 25 12/6/2013 Library booth at Youth Speak event 100
  14. 14.  Institutional Partnerships  To draw in the younger crowd I purchased outside games like Giant Jenga for family events  Giant Jenga has worked perfect for high school tours, much better than the paper scavenger hunts we used to do, now we are a stop for high school tours 11/14/2013 MIHS Campus Tour - stop at library for games & fun 100 11/19/2013 Oneida, Pulaski student campus tour - stop at library for games & fun 30
  15. 15.  Institutional Partnerships  The Teacher Education Department has a grant and works with the head start  As part of a collaboration with the head start and the library they held a literacy event in the library in the fall & spring for families  Head start teachers, CMN students, and head start families attended  Some head start teachers and families had never been to the library before
  16. 16.  Institutional Partnerships and beyond  For a recent grant the library partnered with the Community Technology Center (CTC) on campus for creative work on literacy with families  Granting agency suggested we partner with UW Madison  This grant (IMLS – National Leadership) has broadened our knowledge of the literacy issues of children under 5  It has allowed us to work with someone outside our community & has brought new perspectives  Has really led the way for me to get even more pro-active in seeking community partners
  17. 17.  Institutional Partnerships and beyond  So far we have had a meeting with potential community partners  Menominee Tribal School  Menominee Indian School District Rep  Menominee Daycare  Community Resource Center (CRC) : work with families in programs like TANF, job training, food share, badger care, summer youth program  This was a focused meeting on a specific issue & let me know what they needed & how we could work together  Sharing experiences from Appleton & Oneida Public Libraries brought new ideas & possibilities for staff  Starting programming in May with toddlers on Tuesdays & teens on Thursdays  Every week age groups will be at the library alternating with the CTC
  18. 18.  Keys to our success  Partners that had a similar goal  People that had the time to work with us  We provided library staff to support our ideas  We provided funding  We listened to what they felt was important and we tailored our programming to meet their needs
  19. 19. Lucky Partners The Luck, Wisconsin Public Library and Historical Museum Working Together Jill Glover
  20. 20.  Luck, Wisconsin 70 miles from Twin Cities Population 1200
  21. 21. Lake Country
  22. 22.  1850's Rest Stop In "Luck" to get 1/2 way
  23. 23. Luck Grows and Changes  Indian scession treaties open land for settlement 1870’s Danish immigration brings dairy farming Soo Line R.R. reaches Luck in 1900 Duncan Yo-Yo “capital” from 1946-1965 Family dairy farms give way to large farms Recreation industry gathers importance Wood products industry a main stay Luck becomes tied to Twin Cities metropolitan area – population 1200.
  24. 24. Incorporated 1905
  25. 25. The Small Old Library
  26. 26. Ground Breaking 2007
  27. 27. The Finished Building Design  Library space (main floor, meeting room, break room and office) - 47%  Museum (and work/storage) - 35%  Public areas (lavatories, lobby) – 17%  Mechanical – 1%
  28. 28. Building for the Future
  29. 29. Other Things to Consider The lot and building are owned by the village of Luck but were built with private donations The public library is operated with local, county and state tax dollars The Museum is self supporting through grants, donations and museum sales Building decisions are made by a committee of the Luck Public Works Director and representatives of the Library and Historical Society Boards
  30. 30. Benefits of living together  Synergy of sharing space and ideas  Better drawing power for both  Cost savings by sharing space and equipment  Able to plan and offer better and more varied programs and activities  Large group programs possible with flexible space in the museum
  31. 31. Successful Things We have Done Together Partner to show classic free movies Cooperatively sponsored Civil War speakers Offer shared seasonal events eg. Lucky Days, Winter Carnival, visit from Santa, etc. Shared space for adult exercise classes Provide space for census training Make space available for community meetings (non political) Provide space for Luck Senior Class Art Show Give programs for school and community field trips
  32. 32. Key Elements of Success  Strong rapport established during building project  Friendly, cooperative staffs  Broad community support  Gathering point for the community  Central Main Street location  Open six days a week  Facilities available for community activities  Provides the only convenient public rest rooms on Main St.  Available wireless high speed internet access  Ability to accept the fact that things won’t always go exactly the way you might like
  33. 33. Possible Pitfalls With Cohabitation  Don’t expect the library staff to watch the museum  Importance of keeping library and museum budgets completely separate  Difficulty of determining a fair and equitable division building operating costs  Carefully planned billing procedure  Coordination of schedules  What if one partner defaults?
  34. 34. KENOSHA AND THE BIG READ Making Community Connections and Lasting Partnerships
  35. 35. About Kenosha Public Library  Service population of 135,000  4 neighborhood branches, 1 Bookmobile  71,000 registered library cardholders  2013 circulation, 1.2 million
  36. 36. About the Big Read  The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts  Designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.
  37. 37. Application requirements  Grant application process is straightforward  Programming around themes of a specific book Kick-off event Book discussions Book distributions Development of partnerships
  38. 38. Our 1st Big Read 2010 • Our first selection was The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  39. 39.  We started planning six months before the application was due.  Major requirement of the grant is to partner with local organizations.  Where do we start?
  40. 40. Planning-1st Big Read  What organizations would be a good fit?  Are their missions similar to the Library’s?  How would they participate? Distribution point? Host an event?
  41. 41. 1st Big Read  Developed partnerships with Friends of the Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha Public Library Foundation, Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha History Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Lemon Street Gallery, Kenosha County Job Center, Carthage College, Kenosha County Detention Center
  42. 42. Grapes of Wrath
  43. 43. Grapes of Wrath  Huge success! Gave away 1200 copies of the title The Kenosha Literacy Council incorporated The Grapes of Wrath into its jail program, using the book to improve inmates’ reading comprehension and writing skills. Inspired other organizations to join us for our next Big Read
  44. 44. The Big Read 2012 Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge Hernandez
  45. 45. Sun, Stone, and Shadows New partnership with the Boys and Girls club Stronger ties with Bradford High School
  46. 46. Family Literacy Night at the Kenosha Literacy Council
  47. 47. Julia Durango visits Uptown Library Children’s Author Visit
  48. 48. Rewards  New partnerships created between other organizations  Stronger partnerships with Kenosha Literacy Council, Kenosha Unified School District and UW-Parkside
  49. 49. 2013 Big Read – Edgar Allan Poe Most successful Big Read  Our most successful Big Read! KENOSHA. POE. 2 0 1 3 . The Big Read Ret ur ns t o Kenosha Oct ober 2 0 1 3 ! What could be creepier (or more fun!) than Edgar Allan Poe during October? Join the Kenosha Public Library for a whole month of eerily enticing performances, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, family fun, and special events to explore “Great Tales and Poems” by Edgar Allan Poe. For a complete listing of events, visit www.mykpl.info, find us on Facebook, or visit www.neabigread.org. A complete Big Read Event Guide will be available in September. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
  50. 50. Poe Kick-Off Event
  51. 51. Green Bay Packers provided incentives for people to participate in the Big Read Kenosha Literacy Council
  52. 52. By the numbers 31 partnerships with local organizations and businesses  60 total programs included:  14 book discussions  4 lectures  6 art exhibits  4 theatrical performances  6 film events  3 workshops  2 open mic events  5 programs for teens  8 programs for kids & their families  1 bus trip  1 bake sale  1 original opera  And other programs of all kinds.
  53. 53. Lemon Street Gallery provides a rotating art collection for all our buildings Rewards of Partnerships
  54. 54. Rewards of Partnerships  Our partnership was featured on the NEA Big Read national blog  Also featured on the website, Library as Incubator Project  Worked with us on the Big Yarn
  55. 55.  What does the phrase “library as incubator” mean to you?  “Libraries have always been incubators. Essentially, that is exactly what they are. They are the neighborhood pub for thinkers. They are the grocery store for the curious.” Melanie Hovey, Lemon Street Gallery
  56. 56. Art from Lemon Street Gallery
  57. 57. More Art From Lemon Street Gallery
  58. 58. The Big Yarn
  59. 59. Big Yarn
  60. 60. Yarn Bombing
  61. 61. Lessons  Starts with a conversation Everyone loves the library  Plan early and plan for the unexpected  Mix-ups will happen  Try to get written agreements between the library and participating partners  Partnerships are part of our new strategic plan
  62. 62. Apply, Apply, Apply  Grant process is simple  Encourages your library to get out into the community  The Big Read staff is awesome. They want you to succeed.
  63. 63. The Big Read @ the Kenosha Public Library  2010 – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  2012 – Sun Stone and Shadows: 20 Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge Hernandez  2013 – Short Stories and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe  2014 – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, UW– Parkside  2015 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (tentative)
  64. 64. QUESTIONS?
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