Member Library Liaison
Pioneer Library System
She was the director of a small library in New York. The first library she worked at was 800 square feet. Her library system has 4 counties and 42 public libraries. Her first library was the Cohocton Public Library, which was very small.
Small Spaces Survival Tips:
- Build Relationships
- Be Kind to Yourself
2) Lighten it up
Windows (remove stuff from them, like shelves). Let the light come in.
3) Rooms with multiple uses.
Use tables with wheels for easy switches. Wheels are the key. Things that you can move in and out easily. Movable furniture with handles are helpful.
How do you make your space more usable?
- One woman said with a courtyard that is shaded
- Another said “declutter,” especially when not doing a children’s program
- Use a closet to store things when not needed
Programs in a Small Space
- Carts: work well with maker spaces.
- Easy to Move Program Props (wagons on wheels from Amazon)
- Partner with the school, if possible.
Where do you bring library programs and services?
- Food pantries
- Local park
- Local YMCA
- Passive programs (Cobra Weave exploding stick bomb)
- One-sentence book reviews with old-fashioned book cards
- Interactive bulletin boards: Kindness activities as well as inspirational sayings
- Interactive walls: Magnetic paint and use magnetic poetry, chalkboards are also great
- Found space: space against shelves
- Quiet space: Hard with not a lot of space. Uline has disposable ear plugs for around $45.
- Carve out a corner: brick wallpaper, use tall tables
Do you make use of any unusual or clever places in your library?
Collections in a small space:
- Lower shelves: makes the space appear larger
- Displays that attract attention
What things in your collection don’t get much use anymore?
Some libraries don’t use their bottom shelves or top shelves at all.
When decluttering, use the one touch rule. When something comes in, touch it once. Then file, recycle, etc.
Do program prep at the circ desk...great, free advertising.