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Thursday, September 19 • 8:10am - 9:00am
The Interlocked Library: Interweaving Your Community's Mission into Library Services

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When the City of Waseca went through their Vision 2030 process, the library integrated itself into the planning process--helping Waseca meet its goals. Waseca Public Library staff realized their organization was perfectly positioned to take on some heavy lifting in creating a more vibrant and dynamic community. From Wellness Day and Adventure Packs to School Coding Days and a Community Music Garden, the library interlocked its mission with the community's to create healthy, interesting, and forward-thinking community events and assets--held inside and outside the library. Staff also reached out to community members to connect them to the library itself through events and our Leaders Are Readers initiative. In this presentation, we'll talk about a variety of community engagement techniques we use in working towards Waseca's vision. We'll also cover how to spot opportunities for libraries to step up to the plate in their communities.


Sarah Scheffert

Sarah Scheffert is a fanatical reader and terrible speller. When she's not helping patrons at the library, she compiles the library's monthly stats and helps with the teen programming. She likes taking pictures, her chickens, and red shoes.

Kim Bauer

Kim Bauer is the Distribution Clerk for the Waseca Le Sueur Regional Library System. Kim runs the rotation of new materials throughout the library system. She loves working with patrons of all ages and helping bring resources to the community. Making fun displays is one of her favorite... Read More →

Afton Finley

Librarian, Waseca Public Library
Afton Finley is the librarian at the Waseca Public Library. She handles the teen and adult events and works to build and strengthen relationships within the community. Afton enjoys spending time reading at the lake and binge watching reality TV.
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Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
Stacy Lienemann serves as the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System Director for five years and the chair of the Waseca Vision 2030 Vibrant and Dynamic Action Team. She hopes someone will want to talk to her about moss gardening.

Erica Forsythe

Erica Forsythe is passionate about making the library a pillar in its community. She works closely with Waseca's businesses and people to provide continued support and knowledge in the forms of classes, clubs, and reader's advisory. Erica enjoys staying current on what hobbies are... Read More →

Brianna Bleeker

The children's librarian at Waseca Public Library, Brianna Bleeker has been working as an official librarian for 2 years and is very excited to be part of such a dynamic library.

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am CDT
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