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3000 Signs

Ever wonder what it would look like if 3000 yard signs promoting the love of reading (and libraries) might look like if they were stacked in your office area? Probably not. But, here is an image that can give you an idea.
These signs (all 3000 of them–some of which I couldn’t get in the shot) are the centerpiece for the “Paint the Town Read” initiative that kicks-off next week on February 14! It’s a rather massive undertaking when all the stuff comes in, but knowing that these signs will be popping up all over the county to promote the idea of “reading is fun and important” is worth it.
Find out more about this big and fun inititative on the Paint the Town Read Web Page.
Thanks, Em, for helping bring this idea to life!

How can libraries really ROCK?

Music and Libraries are like cake and ice cream. Great on their own. Delicious and memorable when put together. For a prime example, take a look a Gustafer Yellowgold coming to the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
To find out how to make this happen at your library or location, ask me: Tony, massive Gustafer fan and library lover extraordinaire …reach me at yestoknow[at]
Rock on…I know you are already!

Family Portrait Day @ the Library

What do you get when you take friendly and daring staff, mixed with a talented on-staff graphic designer (who just happens to be a wiz at photography) and add in the holiday season? It’s Family Portrait Day @ the Public Library! The story is this simple and this extraordinary–giving our users a wonderful, free opportunity to have their portraits taken on a Saturday at Independence Regional Library (this means a 15 minute fun photo session and a disc of their photos less than a week later) plus allowing staff with special talents and skills to shine in new and meaningful ways!
Guess what? I bet you can do this, too in your Public Library. Willing to throw down less than $100 for supplies and a few hours of time giving your community a chance to have an unexpected experience at the library? Then you’re well on your way to stealing this idea. I’ll post more photos when they’re ready. (Yes, we had community members give us permission to use the photos in library promo). We also had families pose with their favorite books (or ones we had in the prop station, just in case).
The next Family Portrait Day will be at Plaza-Midwood Branch during the “Holidays in the Hood” Art Crawl that the community is sponsoring. Come on out for it…or, better yet, create Family Portrait Day at your own Library or civic organization.
Thanks, Ian, Emily and Erin for helping this idea come to life!