Outreach: Getting out of the library so people come in

Batia Bloomenthal | September 1, 2016

On January 22, 2013 the Pew Research Center released a study entitled Library Services in the Digital Age which said that of the 91% of people (aged 16 and older) who were polled believed that Libraries were important to them. However 31% of the people polled said that they knew, not much, or nothing at all, about what services their library provided.

Enter the world of Library Outreach:

Library outreach can take many forms from school visits to presentations at conferences. For the Brookline Library, in the last few weeks outreach included Book Bike visits to the Goddard House, a booth at the Brookline Farmers’ Market, and a Stuffed Animal Sleepover visit to Boston’s own Fenway Park.

If you missed seeing our staff in the community during these visits please scroll down for an exclusive recap and behind the scenes photos:

Brookline Farmers’ Market:

The library visited the Farmers’ Market twice this summer. Our librarians answered questions about the library, chatted with members of the community, and made buttons for anyone who was interested.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2016 @ Fenway Park

This year’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover boasted a whopping 41 stuffed animal attendees. The animals’ human counterparts dropped their stuffed friends off on Monday, August 26, 2016 to the Children’s Room at Brookline Village. They would wait till Tuesday to see and hear about what fun (or mischievous) things the animals did during their get together.


Here Children’s’ Librarian Caroline Richardson sets up a scene in the Red Sox Souvenir shop.


Community Member Adam Vaccaro stands off to the side of home plate assessing the scene.


Even members of the Fenway Park grounds’ crew came over to help.


Not all of the stuffed animal attendees were well behaved. Elmo climbed up the foul post trying to get a better view of the grounds’ crew down on the field.


View from above the Red Sox dugout.


From Left: Reference Librarian Batia Bloomenthal, Children’s Librarian Caroline Richardson, Community Member Adam Vaccaro

The library would like to thank Jamie Doron, Executive Assistant to the President of the Boston Red Sox for taking the time to show us around the park, and for being a supporter of libraries. The Library would also like to thank Community Member Adam Vacarro for donating his time, and assisting us with the transport and arrangement of the stuffed animals.