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.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

A library meets Benchmark 5 through careful planning and strategic partnerships
Ortonville, Michigan
Paula Gauthier

Building Partnerships Together

A library combines forces to extend the greater good
Greenville, South Carolina
Jill Cornwell

The Greenville County Library System in South Carolina has extended its influence and impact throughout the region by creating and fostering partnerships with other community organizations. Not only have these collaborations increased access and instruction to technology, their success demonstrates that library services need not be direct to have an effect on the population — and underscore the power of combining energy and resources to achieve common goals.