Sept. 11-17, 2016

Libraries are dynamic centers for engagement that help everyone in your local community be their best. To shift perceptions, we need to demonstrate how the library is more relevant than ever before.

Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them.

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

  1. Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way.
  2. Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library.
  3. Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
  4. Represents your local community.
  5. Is active versus passive – gets people engaged.
  6. Is extraordinary and unexpected.
  7. Most importantly, is fun!


2016 Participating Organizations

96 Participating Organizations

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United States
Organization Name City
Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library Montgomery
Decatur Public Library Decatur
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Florence
Pell City Public Library Pell City
Tuscaloosa Public Library Tuscaloosa
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Scottsdale Public Scottsdale
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Burlingame Public Library Burlingame
Los Gatos Library Los Gatos
Mountain View Public Library Mountain View
Solano County Library Fairfield
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Anythink Libraries Thornton
Arapahoe LIbraries Englewood
Colorado State Library Englewood
Denver Public Library Denver
Douglas County Libraries Castle Rock
Estes Valley Library Estes Park
Fort Lupton Public & School Library Fort Lupton
High Plains Library District Greeley
Jefferson County Public Libraries Lakewood
Lake County Public Library Leadville
Pikes Peak Library District Colorado Springs
Pine River Library Bayfield
Poudre River Public Library District Fort Collins
Vail Public library Vail
Wilkinson Public Library Telluride
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Cora J. Belden Library Rocky Hill
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Broward County Library Fort Lauderdale
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative Tampa
Manatee County Public Library Bradenton
Northwest Regional Library System Panama City
Orange County Library System Orlando
Orange County Library System Orlando
Sanibel Public Library sanibel
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R.T. Jones Memorial Library Canton
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Indian Trails Public Library District Wheeling
Lincoln Library Springfield
Six Mile Regional Library District Granite City
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Bedford Public Library Bedford
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library Bloomfield
Bourbon Public Library Bourbon
Delphi Public Library Delphi
Hamilton East Public Library Fishers
Indianapolis Public Library, Spades Park Branch Indianapolis
Kendallville Public LIbrary Kendallville
Monticello Public Library Monticello
Nappanee Public Library Nappanee
Putnam County Public Library Greencastle
Sullivan County Public Library Sullivan
Walton and Tipton Township Public LIbrary Walton
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Marion County Public Library Lebanon
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Caddo Magnet High School Shreveport
Ouachita Parish Public Library Monroe
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Reading Public Library Reading
Waltham Public Library Waltham
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Anne Arundel County Public Library Annapolis
Frederick County Public Libraries Frederick
Queen Anne's County Library Centreville
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Orion Township Public Library Lake Orion
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Rock County Library Luverne
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Mississippi Library Commission Jackson
New York
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Freeport Memorial Library Malverne
Poughkeepsie Public Library District Poughkeepsie
West Hempstead Public Library west hempstead
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Ida Rupp Public Library Port Clinton
Rocky River Public Library Rocky River
Wilhemina Isenberg GbR Akron
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Deschutes Public Library Bend
Hillsboro Public Library Hillsboro
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Manheim Community Library Manheim
South Dakota
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Baltic School Library Baltic
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Vermillion
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Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Honey Grove
Chico Public Library Chico
Dallas Public Library Dallas
Judy B. McDonald Public Library Nacogdoches
Lake Travis Community Library Austin
New Braunfels Public Library New Braunfels
Patrick Heath Public Library Boerne
Robert J. Kleberg Public Library Kingsville
Sterling Municipal Library Baytown
University of Texas Libraries Austin
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Eagle Mountain Public Library Eagle Mountain
North Logan City Library North Logan
Salt Lake County Library Services West Jordan
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Virginia Tech's University Libraries Blacksburg
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Vancouver Community Library Vancouver
West Virginia
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Summersville Public Library Summersville
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Wyoming State Library Cheyenne


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Who We Are

Outside the Lines is an initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show our communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed.

This celebration takes many of the concepts discussed at R‑Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities.

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