Guest Blogger

And a Sock Hop Got Me Thinking…

Each department at my library has been asked to take on the responsibility of raising money. This was a new assignment for me and one that I’m oddly excited about. For some reason, it allowed (forced?) me to take a different approach than I normally do when planning programs. I started thinking of opportunities our area families don’t normally get. And to do that, I started looking around at various community organizations and their services and fundraisers. I would hate to repeat another non-profit’s big idea. And while I’m still learning about this slightly rural-area of my county (I’m all city, baby!) I decided on a Sock Hop! Of course, I turned instantly to Pinterest where I was not disappointed in the myriad ideas: from music selection to DIY costumes and decorations. I happen to love 50s music (despite its inherent ridiculousness and rampant sexism) so this is right up my alley. Let the planning begin!

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The whole process got me thinking about how I plan other special programs. This might be old news to some of you, but investigating this sock hop idea was a good reminder for me to think about filling the gaps as I plan activities. As well, it was a reminder to see how my library can partner with these organizations in their own efforts to provide services to the community. Some places to consider when planning programs and fundraisers:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Schools
  • Girl and Boy Scouts
  • Churches
  • Community Centers
  • Homeschool Groups
  • Animal shelters
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Goodwill
  • Junior League
  • Kiwannis
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Planned Parenthood
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • United Way

In looking around at these organizations, I found several fundraising events with which I would have hated to compete and a number of services our library could either promote or ride their coattails.  I also am considering contacting a few of these places to see about partnering in a fundraising event.  Anyone out there work with other non-profits in a fundraising capacity?


Our guest blogger today is Kelley Beeson. Kelley is the Youth Services Department Head at the Western Allegheny Community Library. She’s been working in libraries since high school and her favorite book is Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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One comment

  1. Jane Murphy

    I loved the book collection that Marisa Macy wrote as a guest blogger. I vow to read some of these books myself, even though they are written for the younger reader. Also, check out her website, Buttercup.

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