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Fire! Fire!

A firetruck

The Fire! Fire! program is designed to pique young children's interest in firefighting, safety and suiting up for a fire. Invited firefighters read three books to the children and, after a safety demonstration, we head out to our loading dock where a fire vehicle is inspected and enjoyed.

Community Threads

Piles of jeans

Our Community Threads program offers gently used clothing, free of charge, to all patrons. Clothing is donated to the library in advance of the program, and on program day we welcome patrons to take as many items as they want.

We have offered this program for the past three years. It gives us an opportunity to help our community and also to bring people through our doors who wouldn't normally come to the library. This allows us to tout the other services we have to offer. And we don't spend a single cent!

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project

Our Streets, Our Stories tabling event

Editor's note: To learn more about starting an oral history program, view this 60-minute webinar.

Our Streets, Our Stories is an ongoing oral history project housed in the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Services for Older Adults within the Department of Outreach Services. We seek to explore the Brooklyn that is and the Brooklyn that was, from the words of the community that lives here.

If You Feed Them, They will Come

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Local Chef smiles as she prepares food during a demonstration

Think food programs are too pricey for your library? Think again! The Leesburg (Fla.) Public Library is successfully hosting an ongoing series of culinary programs without breaking the bank. We’ve partnered with several local businesses, organizations and writers to bring our community this delicious series of programs. The programs feature cooking demos, health and nutrition classes and even put an edible spin on youth and teen programs. Here are some food programs you can try at your library:

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