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Library Strategies

My library participated in this fabulous ten month program.  Library Strategies, which is a consulting arm of the St. Paul Friends of the Library, ran the program and the Otto Bremer Foundation generously funded it.  Working with the consultants, our three person team was able to put together a strategic plan to increase library advocacy in our community.  The program itself ended in May, but we are still implementing the plan and reaping the benefits.  One of the wonderful things about the program, beyond getting free professional consulting, is the royal way we were treated by the Foundation and Library Strategies.  It was refreshing to be treated with such respect for what we do.  I came away with a renewed energy to make the library a force for good in the community.  I only wish every Wisconsin library could receive the same benefits, but, alas, the program is only offered to communities that have a Bremer Bank. 

Program aims to build organizational capacity of public libraries and literacy organizations in Western Wisconsin

L3 is a training program in western Wisconsin that started in August 2013. The program was piloted in 2012 to great success with 12 libraries and literacy organizations in Minnesota. The program is designed and presented through a partnership of Library Strategies and the Minnesota Literacy Council.

Participating in the 10-month program are western Wisconsin public libraries in Amery, Ashland, Dresser, Frederic, Menomonie and La Crosse County, and the following literacy organizations: Buffalo Pepin Literacy Alliance in Durand, Hope Academy in La Crosse, ICAA Crossroads Literacy in Ladysmith, Literacy Volunteers of Chippewa Valley in Eau Claire, Northern Waters Literacy in St. Croix Falls, and WestCAP Literacy Program in Glenwood City. The public libraries in the St. Croix Falls area and Buffalo County will also participate in affiliation with their neighboring literacy organization. Three individuals from these twelve organizations will participate in an intensive period of training and mentoring designed to expand their capacity for meeting the unique needs of rural communities.

“Libraries and literacy programs are gateways to opportunity, especially in rural communities,” said Charlotte S. Johnson, a Foundation trustee. “Working to deepen and broaden the leadership capacity of these organizations will serve our vision of helping to build and maintain healthy and vibrant communities.”

Click here for the program overview.

For additional information about L3: The Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute, contact Sue Hall, Library Strategies Coordinator, at 651/287-0060 or email: sue@thefriends.org