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"Lord, Linda" <[log in to unmask]>
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Lord, Linda
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:48:11 +0000
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Please see below.  Lee Rainey of Pew spoke in Maine a year ago and was wonderful.  He also has Maine ties.  It would be lovely to give him some samples of unique programming if any of you can easily do to.  I will pass them on if you'd like.
Looking forward to hearing from some of you.
Thank you!

Maine State Librarian
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-5620 (tel)
207-287-5624 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharman Bridges Smith [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:39 PM
To: Lord, Linda
Subject: Fun & Funky Library Services

Sharman Bridges Smith has sent you a message on Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc.

Subject: Fun & Funky Library Services

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project will be releasing, to the news media and the library community, a new report later this month on Library Services.  Lee Rainie, director of the project, wants some examples of “fun & funky” services provided by local libraries (such as the one in the following link) to intrigue the media and give the report a local spin.


Now I don't know of many libraries hosting programs on butchering hogs, but I do know there are some really interesting services being offered by libraries to meet local needs.  Some of the examples I can think of are:  online afterschool tutoring; bingo for seniors; early literacy bus; check out of fishing poles, cake molds, car seats for kids; Job Center: free tax preparation for seniors; computer training classes; library-sponsored farm-team baseball games; beany baby reading therapy; library-sponsored blues concerts; and the Snake Man; etc.


If you would like to highlight some unique library programs in your state, please send me a short description of the service(s) and contact information for the library by Wednesday, 1/16.  I will then forward the information with Pew.


Thanks, Sharman

P.S.  Hope to see you soon.


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