At the end of July we wrote a post, Have You Overlooked Your Local Library? Apparently many of us have; we visit too many libraries that are ghost towns, but more and more community leaders and savvy folks in publishing (yes, including authors!) are working to keep libraries a focal point for learning and art. And we all need to participate in that, to teach the next generation how to love the quiet, to love the shelves full of so many words (and pictures) from a universe of teachers and artists, and especially to love that particular, comforting, inspiring scent of old books mixed with newly minted ones.
What is of concern to us at WWW is how few authors bother to reach out to more libraries to build their readership! We’re seeing some progress, thanks to programs like Library Journal’s Self-E program. And we’ve heard back from a few authors, and excited to hear they’ve used libraries for book-signings. Really clever among the comments we received: using the library facility and staff to host the signing, and a local book store and their staff to offer books for sale (that’s brilliant!).
We’ve heard from others that they’ve connect with their own library, but are unsure how to move on to other libraries in their city, county, state, region. Well, our newest WWW project will help!
WWW team members Matthew Dix and Delaney Cruickshank have been toiling over our massive library list Google doc for months now… linking those that can be linked to websites and more info, in a really useful state-by-state guide. Here’s how it works…
- Click the link above or HERE (and we’ll soon have a widget up on site to easily get to your library list).
- Choose the state you’d like to view libraries in (see illustration below for how to access various states).
- You’ll see the libraries are sorted by CITY in each state (and Washington, D.C.). You’ll also see the names are live links to the library website, or in some cases, the local government agency hosting the library’s info.
- We’ve also given you the phone number for each so you can (and we encourage this) make personal contact.
With over 15,000 libraries listed in these pages, (tons of which have local reading discussion groups and are eager to host more events that bring in more members of the community) there’s no excuse to not reach out to this incredibly useful treasure trove of influencers!
Now, tell us, how are YOU reaching out to libraries?