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March 21 - 23, 2012
Hilton Washington
Washington, DC
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D304 Innovative Ways to Connect with Communities

Friday, March 23, 2012
2:45 PM 3:30 PM
, Transliteracy Development Director, Fayetteville Free Library
, President, Information New Wave
, Senior Library Manager, Chesapeake Public Library

Fayetteville Free Library is creating and instituting the first Fab Lab in a public library, which includes a MakerBot 3D printer. A Fab Lab is, in essence, an evolution of a computer lab, providing the opportunity to develop and expand the community’s transliteracy skills. Queens Library is developing innovative ways to connect with patrons in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English. From financial literacy sessions to free mammograms and Pap tests with free treatment to technology for job seekers, and sessions by lawyers and teachers discussing the Citizenship Exam, the library is using people, videos and websites to connect with and expand their patrons’ horizons. Blanton discusses the $ave Steve library program that helps patrons navigate, and in the process learn about, money management.

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