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Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar is open to California Library Staff only. Register to attend live, or visit the CALL Academy one week after delivery for a recording.

Drawing on her experience as director of the Meservey Public Library, Chelsea Price will share ideas for hosting “big” programs on a small budget and discuss how partnerships can be an invaluable resource for programming.

Meservey, Iowa, is tiny — fewer than 250 residents —and the library’s budget is tight. Despite this, the Meservey Public Library has managed to triple its program attendance in the past few years and create many memorable, budget-friendly events.

In this interactive and informative program, you will:

  • Discover new programming ideas
  • Learn how to build partnerships with community members to help the library thrive as the “hub” of the town
  • Explore ways to trim your programming budget and save money

Chelsea Price ~ Biography

Chelsea Price is the director of the Meservey Public Library in Meservey, Iowa. Chelsea has presented at the Kids First Conference in Iowa and the ARSL conference in Springfield, Illinois, and she writes for the Programming Librarian blog. Her book, 209 Big Program Ideas for Small Budgets, is being published through ALA Editions and is set to hit shelves in the fall of 2020.

Chelsea and her husband love volunteering at animal shelters throughout the Midwest, and they have four senior, special-needs dogs of their own.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Programs, Little Budget: Forging Community Partnerships in a Small Town