Engaging our Communities

Where's Johnny Depp? In 2013, you can find him in the publishing business. He started his own book imprint last year, with the inaugural title--about Bob Dylan--slated to appear in 2015, according to Laurie D. Borman of American Libraries. 2012: it was an exciting, though admittedly sometimes challenging year.

A good theme for 2013 would be community engagement. Libraries and librarians are looking for ways to better serve the needs of their local populations. For example, libraries across the country are "scaling back the stacks and even putting trailers in parking lots to make room for makerspaces" (Borman, p.4). What is a makerspace, you ask? A makerspace is a place where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. There's a long history of making things in libraries, beginning with quilting clubs and crafting classes. SPL invites you to join the DIY Club at the library. Membership is free but registration is required. You can register by calling 580-7290 or stop by the library. Beginning March 14th, this group will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Our initial project for the March meeting will be the creation of planters for International Earth Day. This program is designed primarily with adults in mind, but teens are welcome to join in.

**RANDOM FACTOID: Libraries can engage with those who need help staying in their community, too. Did you know that SPL has applications for Habitat for Humanity and information about other groups in the community that are willing to help out with issues of food, clothing, and other needs?**

Community engagement begins with a conversation, of course. Thoughts must be turned into action. If you have a great idea for the DIY Club or other makerspace suggestion for the library, contact Robin Munson, our adult programming coordinator. She is just waiting to hear from you!