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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.

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

Carol Smallwood

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. Smallwood appears in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in America, and is a member of the American Library Association.

"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