Save the Date: September 24, 2014
Dear Public Librarians,
Public libraries are doing more for their communities than ever before. Libraries are providing free materials and services that some people cannot access anywhere else. Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if there were no libraries? How would your community be affected? Snapshot Day Alabama is a way to capture a typical day in the life at your public library and the vital services you provide. It is scheduled for September 24, 2014, and all the public libraries in the state are encouraged to join this initiative to help us show our worth. These snapshots of our libraries are a great way to show patrons, boards, towns and the Legislature the importance of Alabama’s public libraries.
All libraries are encouraged to schedule programs and collect photos, statistics, and patrons’ comments on this day. Because it may be difficult for some libraries to participate on that specific day, libraries may choose any day during that week to take part. A toolkit including a customizable press release, photo consent form, tally sheet, and tips sheet is attached.
Statistics gathered throughout the day include the number of patrons that you help with workforce recovery or school related assignments, number of reference questions answered, circulation data, number of program attendees, and number of patrons that come to the library. Libraries also have the opportunity to collect patron comments. All together, this project should help create a picture of how important public libraries are to our communities. We hope that you will share your photos, statistics, and comments with APLS! Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com no later than October 20, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Taylor at 334-213-3943 or firstname.lastname@example.org.