The Thriving Library

Marylaine Block, librarian—turned—freelance author (American Libraries, Information Today, Library Journal) has written a book (available from Information Today) about libraries with successful services that got them community support and funding. Chapters cover youth services, the library as place, partnerships, marketing, economic value in the community, Library 2.0, outreach, and helping the community reach its aspirations. The ultimate how-we-did-it-good handbook for today’s public library. Highly recommended for all public librarians so they can mark-up the chapters with ideas translatable to their library. Kathleen de la Peña McCook said it well: “A solid, well-documented foundation—amazingly grounded in strategic plans—that provides both a path and an inspiration to public libraries that want to flourish as third places.”