News You Can Use
ALA Unit/Subunit: PLA
Meeting Type: News You Can Use
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
This year, the Public Library Association (PLA) launched a new initiative, Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser. With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PLA worked with the French company Short Edition to bring their Short Story Dispenser (http://dispenser.short-edition.com/) and digital content creation platform to several public libraries. The aim of the project is to strengthen a culture of literacy and reading, while increasing public awareness and use of library programs and services. Join us to hear how participating libraries are leveraging the dispensers to strengthen and develop new local programming and connections with library and/or community partner programs and services, in addition to creating new interest in literacy and literature through innovative access to more than 80,000 short stories. We’ll also provide an overview of the national short story writing contest that is part of the project.