With a goal of increasing the visibility of Reading Public Library to our city’s diverse population, Outreach Coordinator, Daniel Egusquiza, has moved programming “outside the walls,” including on the steps of the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth Street, Reading. One particularly successful program has been the “Storytelling Through Dance” performances held in July.
Daniel’s innovative approach to community outreach was recognized this year with an invitation for Reading Public Library to present at the Satellite Meeting of the “World Library and Information Congress.” This prestigious conference was held in Bergen, Norway on August 15 through 17. The annual event is organized by the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) as part of the 83rd General Conference and Assembly. This year’s topic was “Managing Change: Library Transitions – moving into the Future. Best Practices from Around the World.”
Equsquiza’s presentation, “Reading Public Library: Building a Platform for Community
Engagement Through the Arts,” focused on how Reading Public Library is transforming the front steps of the main library into a platform for community engagement, opening doors for many in our community who are unfamiliar with the library.
Reading Public Library shared the stage with presenters from prestigious institutions around the world, including Helsinki Library of Finland, the Centralized Library System of Russia, and Biblioteca Font de la Mina, Spain. North American presenters include Mount Sinai Hospital Library, Toronto, Canada, Smithsonian Libraries and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Reading Public Library, Reading. Reading Public Library’s Outreach program is supported by a grant from The Wyomissing Foundation.