Featured Library: Southern State Community College
Angela Hanshaw | April 05, 2011
Fayette County in Ohio has been hard-hit by the poor economy and closing businesses. Recognizing this fact, the librarians at Southern State Community College’s library created programs for this year’s National Library Week, held April 10–16, that they hope will help pull the community together as well as let people know about how valuable libraries can be.
Planned events include an all-day job fair with local businesses that are hiring as well as resume writing and interviewing assistance; an online job searching presentation that will guide participants through searching and applying for jobs on the web; and a seminar on life success based on the College Success class principles. On the lighter side, the library will also offer a Gallery Night featuring artwork from preschool through college students as well as local talented adults that will include music and light refreshments; a puppet show for children; and seminars on graphic novels and gardening.
The library began promoting its National Library Week events in late February through local papers and radio, posters, Southern State Community College’s website, and Facebook. It also partnered with Carnegie Public Library, Miami Trace Schools, Washington Court House City Schools, the Fayette Christian School, and Fayette Works One Stop for National Library week programming, and will continue to work with its partners throughout the year with such activities as book, food, and clothing drives; reading programs; and awareness campaigns.
To help fund the programming, the library applied for (and received!) the 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. Sue Kowalski, chair of the National Library Week Subcommittee, commented, “We applaud the Southern State Community College library for working to remind its community that libraries are places where people can succeed in trying economic times. By working with the public and school libraries, the library reemphasizes the value that all types of libraries play in continuing education and life long learning.” A copy of the winning proposal is available online.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.