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Kickstart Community
Caring
Janet McAllister – Director
Rochester Public Library District
Rochester PLD Facts:
• Director and 3 Full Time Employees
• 9 Part Time Employees
• District Population 7,993
• Annual Bud...
WHY?
• EVERYONE has food in their pantry with“Boxtops for Education”
• EVERYONE wants to help their local school district
...
In the Beginning
• Annual Food for Fines
• Coat Drive
Establish Community Partnerships
• local organizations – also within our county
• "ask & listen" approach
• materials need...
Community Donation Center
• Continuous Donations
• Local School - Boxtops for Education - 500+ collected
• Big Brothers Bi...
Donation Center
Community Donation Center
• Monthly Donations
• American Cancer Society - 14 headscarves (made by local Girl Scouts)
• Bre...
Community Donations
• Monthly Donations
• The Outlet - Bicycle Recycling
• Toys for Tots
• Dove Tree – Sojourn House
• Fes...
Community Donations
• Little Dresses for Africa – Pillow Case Dress
• Allison’s Angel Gowns – Wedding Gowns
• Project Linus
Brainstorm & Consider
• Community Needs
• Potential Partners
• Unique Projects
• Leave the Library Building
• Marketing & ...
Can Your Library Do it?
• YES!
• Most organizations will pick up the items donated!
• Little space is needed – start with ...
Questions?
• Contact: Janet McAllister - Director@rochesterlibrary.org
www.rochesterlibrary.org
https://www.facebook.com/r...
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Kickstart Community Caring
Janet McAllister, Director, Rochester Public Library District, IL (Pop Served: 7993)

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015
27 February 2015
http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/

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Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 - Kickstart Community Caring

  1. 1. Kickstart Community Caring Janet McAllister – Director Rochester Public Library District
  2. 2. Rochester PLD Facts: • Director and 3 Full Time Employees • 9 Part Time Employees • District Population 7,993 • Annual Budget $400,000
  3. 3. WHY? • EVERYONE has food in their pantry with“Boxtops for Education” • EVERYONE wants to help their local school district • Not EVERYONE has children in your local school district • Patrons without children Can’t Just Walk into your local SCHOOL • COLLECTING at your Library is the Perfect Solution!
  4. 4. In the Beginning • Annual Food for Fines • Coat Drive
  5. 5. Establish Community Partnerships • local organizations – also within our county • "ask & listen" approach • materials needed • times convenient • frequency preferred
  6. 6. Community Donation Center • Continuous Donations • Local School - Boxtops for Education - 500+ collected • Big Brothers Big Sisters – over 50 games • Lions Club - 140 pairs of glasses • Boys and Girls Club – Several boxes of books and games • Girl Scouts - Plastic Bag Recycle – Local Food Bank • Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center - 6 boxes of books
  7. 7. Donation Center
  8. 8. Community Donation Center • Monthly Donations • American Cancer Society - 14 headscarves (made by local Girl Scouts) • Breast Cancer Awareness – Beautiful Bra • Forever Home Feline Ranch - bags of fleece for blankets and food • 4-H – Collected Milk Caps • Autism Society of Illinois • Alzheimer's Association
  9. 9. Community Donations • Monthly Donations • The Outlet - Bicycle Recycling • Toys for Tots • Dove Tree – Sojourn House • Festival of Trees
  10. 10. Community Donations • Little Dresses for Africa – Pillow Case Dress • Allison’s Angel Gowns – Wedding Gowns • Project Linus
  11. 11. Brainstorm & Consider • Community Needs • Potential Partners • Unique Projects • Leave the Library Building • Marketing & Outreach
  12. 12. Can Your Library Do it? • YES! • Most organizations will pick up the items donated! • Little space is needed – start with just one basket/box to collect items in! • Very little staff time is required! • People want to give – sometimes they just don’t know where to go – YOU make it EASY!
  13. 13. Questions? • Contact: Janet McAllister - Director@rochesterlibrary.org www.rochesterlibrary.org https://www.facebook.com/rochesterlibrary https://www.pinterest.com/rochesterpld/ https://twitter.com/RochesterPLD

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