Looking for feedback on the impact the community library has on  YOU personally....

Resident, Visitor, Friends, Family..........campers, hunters, recreationers!!!!!

We want to know your thoughts - Margo Gustina will be here Thursday and Friday Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Please contact the library 208.826.3539 to set up a short 15 minute conversation to ensure Rural Libraries can and will remain in their small communities!

Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing project

Elk River Free Library District One of Eight Libraries Selected by National Researchers

The Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing study researchers selected Elk River as a case-study location after conducting a national data study of community health and library performance and interviewing library co-director Tonya Delphous. Said Margo Gustina, the project lead, “Tonya’s commitment to positive community change was in every answer she gave during the initial interview. Elk River was described as a remarkable community & the library seems to reflect that. I can’t wait to learn more!” Elk River Free Library District has an independent board from the local community and is operated by a director team, Delphous and her partner Rick Styre.

Ms. Gustina will be in town conducting interviews with individuals and groups Oct. 3 and 4. She’ll also be visiting the Clarkia District Library Saturday morning. People interested in sharing their views about what makes Elk River unique are invited to get in touch with the library. Interviews are fairly brief, often taking only 15 minutes.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is funding the three-year Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing project across the nation, with communities chosen in Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin, and Vermont. The project was initiated and is led by the Southern Tier Library System, a cooperative serving predominantly rural community libraries in western New York.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. “We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

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