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WWWWC: Food in the Library: Reading & Feeding the Community
Many libraries used to have policies against having food in the library. Not at Julie's library. Join Julie Elmore, Director of the Oakland City - Columbia Township Public Library, as she shares how her library is using food in the library in new and unique ways. Drive-through food pickups, growing a vertical garden, programming around food, and partnering with their local food bank for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors are just a few of the ways that this library is helping to combat food insecurity in their community. Julie will share tips about creating partnerships with community organizations and finding the grants to help make these food programs a success.

Participants Will:
- Learn how to use food in the library in new ways
- Master how to create partnerships with local food banks
- Discover grants on developing food programs

Jan 27, 2022 09:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Julie Elmore
Director @Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library
Julie Elmore began as the Library Director for Oakland City - Columbia Township Public Library (service area 3,830) in 2009. She is very active in the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) serving on the board from 2014-2021 and as conference chair/co-chair from 2017-2019. Her time with ARSL has taught her the importance of having an active community of practice for everything from advocacy to mental and emotional support. She has received her Bachelors in Information and Library Science from the University of Maine at Augusta and later her MSLS from Clarion University. Julie became interested in librarianship after tiring of fighting for access to materials for her children. Now, her favorite part of the job is reminding kids they are not bound to any reading level in the public library, and similarly to connecting a patron to the right book, she also enjoys connecting people to the right resources in the community.​