Thursday, 8 December 2016

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: Bootcamp Complete!

This is the second in our series on the Library Takeover program at Madison Public Library, a project designed to commit library resources to groups of community members that want to make their ideas for free, open community events happen at the library. Read the introduction post here. 

Where do we find ourselves today? In late November we wrapped up the six-week bootcamp that introduced the team members to different aspects of event planning, from long-range planning and decision making to figuring out your event budget to marketing your event.

Presenter Hedi Rudd, who has organized many community events for Madison’s Urban League and other organizations, discusses day-of logistics for the Library Takeover Production Toolkit.

Now that we’ve wrapped up the big group meetings, the teams are meeting on their own to get into the nitty-gritty details of their events and talking with library staff about logistics and timeline going forward. 

So what do we have to look forward to in 2017? We are so excited about the teams’ events! We have the following coming up in the winter and spring of next year:

  • Members of the ACCESS DENIED conversation + social event team.

    In February, one team will host an after-hours event called ACCESS DENIED, a community panel/conversation + social event, the purpose of which is to examine and discuss what it means to create a truly welcoming, inclusive, and accessible social nightlife space, particularly for historically marginalized groups.

  • In May, one team will host a week-long exhibit of posters displaying information about contributions to the Madison by Indian-American immigrants and community members, culminating in a daylong set of activities to celebrate and introduce non-Indian members of the Madison community to different aspects of Indian-American culture.
  • And later in May, one team will host an evening called SHARE THE WORD, dedicated to promoting collaboration and connection among creative writers and poets in Madison. One feature of the event will be an app created that will offer a point of connection for event attendees.

Read more about each of the teams here. 

We’ll have more updates coming soon about Library Takeover, including some staff perspectives on benefits and challenges we’re encountering with the program so far. 

from Library as Incubator Project

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