Thoughts after a big, great library event

Tonight we had the finale event for the Paint the Town Read initiative that we’ve been running for 2 months now. We hosted 2 great come-celebrate-and-show-you-love-the-library events–one at the Main Library and one at ImaginOn. We had, collectively, over 1,000 people show up to celebrate libraries on this Friday of National Library Week! (May I mention that we were running our events parallel with the Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood sold-out concert at the arena in downtown Charlotte in the same city block?) It was a wonderful, library-loving night!

Here are some thoughts on how to make big library events that people love:

1. People love music, especially live music. Tonight we showcased the rocking & pure lovely music of Lunch Money. If you haven’t booked them for your library, get on it!

2. People love to be surprised. Many folks showed up prepared to see the theatre event only at ImaginOn, not knowing that there was food, drink and goodies waiting for them. Those that came just for the party found that there were welcoming staff, giveaways, music and lots to do!

3. People love to be treated special. Staff roamed among the many hundreds of visitors and welcomed them and thanked them for coming. It is the same as if you were having a party at your house–remember that…treat every guest special. And it will be a special event.

Here’s to Emily and all the staff that helped make the Red, Read Party a Real, Really Special Event!



  1. I would like to add AMEN! The staff was wonderful! They worked the room making sure everyone was happy!
    Totally didn’t expect all the goodies! We loved the Alphabet soup play. Considering our kids are 22 months old that is saying a lot!!
    But my absolute favorite was Lunch Money.
    They rocked the house!!
    If you don’t own their CD yet go buy a copy!!
    I love the music as much as (okay maybe even a little bit more) my daughter.
    Hoping to find some photos of the event online.

  2. Finding your comment has made my day! It was an evening filled with fun for community members AND staff. Lunch Money really did rock the house, huh? That last 30 minutes of live rock music, the kindie mosh pit, the dancing adults and flying red discs was nothing short of fantastic! Thanks for coming and rocking with us at the Library.

  3. Tony-
    I read about your celebration with envy. What a party! Of the 3 points you make, #3 is the most important to me as a library patron. In all cases, it is the human contact that binds us to a place. I can’t imagine that ever changing. I recently had dinner in San Francisco with a young MD/PhD who is doing research on eye contact and touching among mammals. He is finding astonishing things out about the nature of mammalian exchanges of welcoming (a human handshake for instance, or sea lions touching fins and the like). Turns out these gestures actually make us more resiliant. Keep things strong in Charlotte, Tony!

  4. The Red, Read Party was absolutely amazing! Thanks, Tony, for having this dream and sharing it with all of us. I couldn’t be happier with the way the night progressed and the turnout we had. Lunch Money rocked out and the activities were awesome! Thanks again!


  5. In this section we feature a few selective guides that are sure to help you
    figure out both the pros and cons of using social networking to market your business.
    They are tasked with bringing order to your life in particular and society in general.
    Trusted brands like Nike have already used established social channels
    like Twitter and Youtube to create viral content and increase revenue.
    : – Online fundraising is taking off as several supporters embrace the ease of online donations.
    Have readers connect with you more and more so you get
    more exposure. According to a survey, the number one
    reason social media for hotels is in fad because
    they help to increase brand awareness. There is no doubt about it publishing is hard, there is
    a lot of comppetion out there and even having great contacts in the publishing
    world does not guarantee you success. Just because you’re on the web doesn’t mean you can get by without a marketing
    plan for online business ventures. Encourage comments on your Facebook page and reply to as many as
    possible. You must know about these facts concerning the

  6. Facebook requires businesses to create a Facebook page to
    promote their business or events. That’s a perceptive and
    funny comment about being grounded. In today’s world, managing a
    social media campaign is a full-time job and that means that you have to have someone who is keeping an eye
    on what people are saying in the comments section of
    your post. Some disadvantages of mail surveys are the cost, less response from customers and the increased
    amount of time to receive responses and the amount of work required to code
    responses from participants. Social networking has now become the norm
    for individuals and businesses alike. This favorite meeting
    place has been brought up in discussion after discussion by professionals who investigate and report these findings.
    Twitter seems to require more time and effort than other social networking sites.
    Such a wide support base remains indispensable to create an online presence.
    Read the feedback you get and evaluate your work one
    last time, is there anything you can do to improve it and then stop, put
    down your pen close your laptop breathe. Social media marketing can also reach a much
    larger audience in the target demographic for the same amount of money as standard

  7. Its working is simple as intense pulsed light is generated which passes through tubes
    of fiber-optic. Aerosolspray paint can be used for wide variety of purposes.

    This will close the pores and stop you getting the tell-tale black spots.
    However, proper protection is necessary as the UV rays emitted by these
    beds are three times more dangerous than the rays that are emitted by the sun. Unlike sun tans,
    sunless spray tans do get affected by the chemicals in swimming pools and seawater.
    Fact is a great looking tan does make you look healthy and some people down right hot.

    Then pigment is applied to the skin by hand or by airbrush and is allowed to set, creating that natural bronze glow.
    All of those are valid questions and the answer is that spray tans are safe, and are not made out of harmful chemicals.
    This type of self tanner is easy to use and comes in an Aerosol tan. This is a great tan for
    beginners as it has a guide colour as well as being gradual, so you won’t end up with streaks and as the tan builds naturally you will see a
    gradual change, as opposed to waking up finding yourself looking orange.

  8. Have you ever considered publishing an e-book or guest
    authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the
    same information you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work.

    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  9. If you are giving the door a fresh coat of paint in a new color, you can paint the molding
    after it is attached along with the remainder of the door.
    Womens yoga pants should be convenient so as to be able
    to create free-flowing campaign. To avoid any unwanted happenings
    during their yoga class.

  10. First of all whenever you opt for weight loss measures the most important thing that you require
    is the motivation which is very difficult to get at home. At any rate,
    our Hc – G drops for weight loss are designed to burn one to two pounds a day.
    Well you can opt for your way and start of with your treatment.

  11. If you are considering getting into the trucking business, you may be thinking about getting your CDL and starting a career driving a
    semi-tractor hauling trailers. Some strong riders will get the chainring adjusted to a 56T or even a 60T.
    Compensate you financially about the repairing cost of your damaged
    item or the amount that equals the current market value of it.

  12. Closing the last half mile to Bay Shore, the “Lauren Kristy” swallowed gulps of the now oily-black water with its bow, seeming caught in a sea-and-sky
    void presently pierced by the pinpoints of light defining the approaching coast ahead and
    the 7. Remember though, fish doesn’t get better with age – use it or lose it.
    While these are the major things represented
    on the control board, you unit may have additional items
    represented, including surface clutter, structure, second returns and thermoclines.

  13. In an internet forum about plastic surgery, it will be possible to
    come in contact with other individuals about plastic surgery
    through the net. An experienced plastic surgeon can ensure you appealing aesthetic results with the help of
    innovative body contouring procedures. The physical and external benefits are
    very obvious.

  14. They can get proper rhinoplasties are really affordable rates and hence the demand is always high.
    Just like other facilities, medical facilities at
    Salt Lake City are quite advance and it has been serving different needs of the patients
    for the past many years. First decide on what
    color you want your bathroom to be and add two
    shades of the same color, one lighter and one darker (or one totally different but
    matching color) for accents.

  15. A lot of these symptoms also mirror another deadly virus –
    the Ebola virus. Unfortunately, the solutions included by Apple, while adequate,
    aren’t exactly up to the task in my mind. Drinking
    warm honeyed water or tea with honey can help to get rid of the swollen.

  16. Even frequent blow-drying at extreme heat or brushing obsessively can cause your
    hair to become extremely fragile causing it to break
    and fall out. Data coverage: market sizes (historic and forecasts), company shares,
    brand shares and distribution data. Such devices as KTP, ERBIUM,
    Pulse DYE and Alexandrite have short length of laser light waves, and they are very effective for removing unwanted hair on a light colored skin.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s