Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community

This title will be available Spring 2018. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

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with Gail Griffith, James Kelly, Muffie Smith, & Lynn Wheeler

Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract, but in this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles, which include

  • intelligent risk-taking;
  • learning the right things;
  • respect and goodwill;
  • fulfilling the vision of library director; and
  • activating creative thinking.

With practical applications for hiring staff, coordinating an author event, creating a community partnership, and designing a building, this book walks readers through how to

  • identify the community’s motivating factors and use them to guide priorities;
  • create a culture of learning at the library;
  • apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges;
  • ask the right questions in order to get the right answers;
  • draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and
  • implement creativity exercises for problem solving that can be used by individuals and groups

Illustrated with stories from across the country, this book provides a complete strategy that will help libraries of any size or funding level amplify the skills and enthusiasm of library staff, getting everyone on the right page and thus leading to better service for their communities.


Dorothy Stoltz

Dorothy Stoltz coordinates programming and outreach services at Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She spearheaded a successful early literacy training research study, which showed statistically significant increases in early literacy skills of children. With more than 30 years of experience in public libraries, she oversees teamwork, grant writing, programming, community outreach, early literacy training, peer coaching, and mobile services. She writes for professional journals and is coauthor of several previous ALA books, including Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges, as well as the ALSC white paper Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth. In 2011 she became a member of the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee and served as chair for 2014/15.