How Community Partnerships Transformed the Pottsboro Area Library

The Pottsboro Area Library reinvented itself through strategic partnerships with community experts.
Pottsboro, Texas
Dianne Connery

When Dianne Connery first started as president of the operating board, the Pottsboro Area Library was a sparsely visited institution on the verge of closure. The post office-turned-library had a reputation of not being kid-friendly and full of books that nobody wanted to read. Connery rolled up her sleeves and got to work to keep the library open and make it a community destination.

The People Business

One Library Stays Embedded, Involved, and Connected
Libertyville, Illinois
Stephen Kershner

Sharing local knowledge

How one program generated content, training, and programming
Escondido, CA
Donna Feddern (in photo at the farmer's market to promote LibraryYOU: Joanna Axelrod, Donna, and Viktor Sjöberg from EPL)

LibraryYOU is a project by the Escondido Public Library to share local knowledge through videos and podcasts. It consists of a recording studio to help patrons create content, a website to showcase the content, and training classes to help our community learn how to communicate with these popular online multimedia formats. Funded by an LSTA grant, we are halfway through our wonderful experiment and have been pleased by the positive reception from both our community and the larger international library community.