Outreach Services & Marketing
During 2012, we watched as the public requested more programming, more books and more bookmobile stops. It was at that time that the Director realized the Bookmobile Department was functioning more as outreach to the community and should be incorporated into Outreach Services and Marketing. Earlier in the year, the staff saw a need to address the teens who would walk through the teen area, but did not stay because there was no Teen Librarian, activities, or budget for Teen Books. Consequently, a Teen Department was formed in the Russellville Library with the help of a clerk who later became the Teen Librarian. Circulation in the YA Department increased (both books checked out and foot traffic through the area). As a result, two volunteers were brought on board to work in the Teen Department and were later hired as part-time workers. All of these changes have helped to increase programming better serve the citizens of Pope County.
The Outreach Department provides serves traditionally underrepresented groups. Our outreach areas include:
Adult New and Non-Readers
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People
People of Color
People with Disabilities
Poor and Homeless People