The Library Stories Initiative
The Library Stories Initiative began in 2015 as a multipart concept to support libraries and library support groups. We are affiliated with various Friends of the Library organizations.
The Initiative creates a series of short videos for libraries throughout the United States where everyday library patrons tell viewers how they find the modern library useful. The short entertainment videos reveal the diverse variety of services and programs, as well as the cross section of patrons, and act as a virtual tour of their library. The videos are offered to library support groups, at no cost to them, with instructions and support on how to use the videos to support and promote their library. The platforms/venues for the videos include:
The Library Stories campaigns outreach to the local community to educate about the widespread and diverse use of the modern library and also for fundraising purposes. .The Initiativeoffers both a business and marketing campaign for the different libraries and their support groups.
The Library Stories Initiative will leverage the power of working with a number of library support organizations (i.e. Friends of the Library) to help them to promote their local library and to share ideas for library programs and fundraising methods. Friends of the Library groups don’t usually have much business experience. Library Stories will help them share ideas to effectively promote their library. Through social media and other venues, the videos will be seen by many non-library users to expose them to programs and resources of their local library that may benefit them.
Congressman Salud Carbahal, Representative from California's 24th Congressional District
Susan Hildreth, Former State Librarian for California
Rebecca Constantino, Access Books (non-profit book giveaway program)
Supervisor Das Williams, 1st District Supervisor, Santa Barbara Couunty
John Chraska, EveryLibrary, a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives
Santa Barbara County Library Advisory Board representing all the public libraries of Santa Barbara County
Mary Housel, City Librarian of Santa Maria Public Libraries
Jean Bailard, The Friends of the Carpinteria Library, President
Jackie MacNeil, The Santa Maria Library Foundation, President
Pat Saley, Friends of the Montecito Library, President,
Corinne Horowitz, Friends of the Goleta LibrarY
Sarah Bleyl, Lompoc Library, Director
Tara O’Reilly, Retired Carpinteria Librarian
Foster Markoff, Attorney, Friends of the Carpinteria Library
Tatiana Johnson, Librarian of Montecito Library,
Carey McKinnon, Librarian of Solvang Library
Barbara Davidge, Friends of the Libraries of Santa Ynez Valley