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Bringing the Arts into the Library
Edited by Carol Smallwood
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1175-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $55.00
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248 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1175-4
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, Z

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Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support. Editor Smallwood has combed the country finding examples of programs implemented by a variety of different types of libraries to enrich, educate, and entertain patrons through the arts. Her book shares such successful efforts as
  • Poetry programs in the public library
  • Gatherings for local authors at the community college
  • Creative writing in middle schools
  • Multicultural arts presentations at the university library
  • Initiatives to fight illiteracy through the arts
The amazing creativity and resourcefulness found in each example provide practical models which can be adapted to any library environment, inspiring librarians looking for unique programming ideas.
Table of Contents

Arts Acknowledgments

Part I Literary Arts

1. The Big Write-In: A Collaborative Outreach Event for Writers during National Novel Writing Month
Stacey R. Ewing
2. Librarian as Teacher: Teaching a Creative Writing Class in the School Library
Robert Craig Bunch
3. Poetry Corner: Collaboration among Us
Sue Samson

Part II Visual Arts

4. Adult Literacy Programs and Art
Sarah Naumann
5. Displaying and Promoting Visual Art at the Nashua Public Library
Carol Luers Eyman
6. Utilizing Student Talent to Create Appealing Library Posters
Heather Payne
7. Visual Arts in the Academic Library
Jennifer Mayer

Part III Performing Arts

8. Developing Regional Heritage Music Collections
Sandra M. Himel and Lance R. Chance
9. Making Music Collections Come Alive
Greg MacAyeal
10. PML Players: Theater Arts at the Patchogue-Medford Library
Jeri Weinkrantz Cohen

Part IV Mixed Arts

11. ART: Art Revolution for Teens
Heather Pippin Zabriskie, Natalie Houston, and Vera Gubnitskaia
12. Children in a Research Library? Creative Projects for K–12 Students at the Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass
Regan Brumagen and Beth Hylen
13. Gilpin County Public Library Arts Programs
Larry Grieco
14. The Library as Canvas: Library Larry’s Big Day
Kerol Harrod

Part V Management and Administration

15. Art Works: Strengthening Downtown with Library-Arts Partnerships
Elizabeth Goldman and Sara Wedell
16. Behind the Scenes: The Legal and Contractual Aspects of Booking Exhibits and Presenters in a Library
Nora J. Quinlan and Sarah Cisse
17. Collaboration as Outreach in the Twenty-First-Century Academic Library
Allan Cho
18. Java City: Developing a Successful Cultural Center
Jack G. Montgomery
19. Raising Money to Support the Arts in Your Public Library
Florence F. Caddell
20. Where to Find Programming Ideas: Resources for the Arts Online
Angela Thullen


About the Editor

Carol Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the author or editor of numerous books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang, and others. Some other credits include The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, Lily's Odyssey, appeared in 2010; she coedited the anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (2009), and she has a short story in Best New Writing 2010. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public, and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. She is also the author of Compartments, a new volume of poetry, and co-editor of the anthologies Women Writing on Family and Women on Poetry.
Praise for Bringing the Arts in the Library

“This book offers dozens of good ideas and much practical advice on utilizing local talent to make the library a vital center of culture in the community.”  
–-Dr. James B. Casey, Director, Oak Lawn Public Library, Chicago

“Anthologies such as this are essential components to the integration and development of the arts within communities. This one especially, for its quality, vision, and potential impact. “
–-Foster Neill, Founder/Editor, The Michigan Poet

“The arts and libraries are a natural fit; this book is a treasure-trove of ideas and practical advice about how to bring them together.”
–-Jason Kuhl, Library Operations Director, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, Illinois

“Chock-full of ideas for partnering with artists and community groups in order to engage patrons.”
–-John Glover, Reference Librarian for the Humanities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

"Readers will find both inspiration and practical detail in this superb collection covering different aspects of innovative arts programming in libraries."
-–Janet Husband, co-author of Sequels, Fourth Edition: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series

“The anthology offers a myriad of ideas for libraries to focus on the arts.” 
–-Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Daughters of the Stone (St. Martin's Press, 2009)

“We all aspire to see our library programs reach as many as possible; Bringing the Arts into the Library provides the blueprint for reaching more patrons and enticing the ones you already have.”
–-Rebecca Marcum Parker, Kansas City, Missouri, School District librarian 

“An affirmation of the role libraries can play in the arts, even in this time of technology overload.”
–-Anika Fajardo, Librarian, St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Readers will come away with enthusiasm, inspiration, and a clear vision of the benefits that library and arts partnerships bring to everyone touched by them.”
–-Dr. Kim Becnel, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Appalachian State University

“Packs a punch with meaningful, inestimable program models from idea to administration and everything in between.”
–-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, Arizona; contributor, Library Management Tips That Work

“Joy of joys, that this book should offer the ideas necessary for allowing libraries to fully realize their potential as natural powerhouses for their community’s cultural life by drawing in writers, painters, photographers and other artists, who by virtue of their creations, then pull in patrons!”
–-Martha Engber, author of The  Wind Thief and Growing Great Characters from the Ground Up

“At a time when many library directors are pondering ways to keep their library functioning as the cultural center of their community, this book could well be the instruction manual they need.”
–-Tom Cooper, Director, Webster Groves Public Library, Webster Groves, Missouri

“Will help all types of librarians discover ways to support artists and bring art to the communities they serve.” 
–-Stacy Russo, Electronic Services Librarian, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, California

“In difficult economic times, this book is an invaluable guide to helping librarians fulfill a vital role in presenting and preserving the arts.”
–-Mark Donnelly, winner of  Best Playwright awards, Northport (New York) One-Act Play Festival 2010, 2011 

“Filled with firsthand experiences, it delivers detailed directions to work with creative artisans, draw exhibitions, and present superb slams.”
–-Vandella Brown, librarian; author of What Is A Zawadi to We?  A Poetic Story of Kwanzaa and Gift Giving

“A vital collection of proven programs from experienced librarians, united in their belief that libraries are essential for continued cultural activities.”
–-Ann McCauley, former RN, freelance writer, author of Mother Love and Runaway Grandma

"In today's increasingly commercialized world, the need for a public space to celebrate the arts rather than the almighty dollar is greater than ever, making Bringing the Arts into the Library welcome, needed, and highly recommended!"
--Library Bookwatch

"This anthology selects library case studies in four different categories of art and art management. The art categories are literary, visual, performing, and mixed. School, public, academic, and special libraries are represented in the anthology of twenty chapters ... While some of the examples are too specialized to duplicate without a massive effort, even those examples express passion for arts in libraries. The teen-oriented programs are the most accessible. The second to last chapter is perhaps the most important one of all: 'Raising Money to Support the Arts in Your Library.' That chapter should be required reading for all programming librarians and their administration."

"This anthology presents a treasure trove of ideas from beyond the library world. Cultural institutions of all kinds, including libraries, museums, academic institutions, and performing arts centers, will glean programming ideas that are presented in succinct chapters scanning a broad realm of possibilities. Seasoned editor Carol Smallwood divides the book into five parts, and the book as a whole gives insight into the entire programming process."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

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