Learn How Library Trustees/Boards, Friends, and Foundations Can Support Community Health

Library Trustees/Board Members, Friends of the Library groups, and library Foundations can be valuable partners in supporting community health in libraries. During How Library Trustees/Boards, Friends, and Foundations Can Support Community Health, Join Dr. Noah Lenstra of Let’s Move in Libraries and Christine Weinreich of Memphis Library Foundation to learn how to work with the library on community health, get ideas for events, get funding, and develop, sustain, and expand partnerships.

We’ll talk about everything from addressing social isolation to supporting physical literacy. We’ll offer practical strategies and tools to help you connect with and work with funders, while also providing strategies that you can use to support library staff who want to try something new, like a StoryWalk or a creative aging dance class for older adults. Noah will provide the big picture, while Christine will provide an in-depth look at how Memphis Library Foundation works with both the Memphis Public Libraries and the Friends of the Memphis Public Library to support this topic.

Dr. Noah Lenstra, MS.LIS., is an associate professor of Library & Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his M.S. and PhD in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He brings a community organizing approach to the research and teaching of public librarianship. His books include Healthy Living at the Library (2020, Bloomsbury) and 12 Steps to a Community-Led Library (2023, American Library Association Editions, co-author Audrey Barbakoff). Since 2016, Dr. Lenstra has managed the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative, which he started. 

Christine Weinreich, JD, has been the executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation since 2019. She had almost fourteen years of legal practice before transitioning into grants & development in 2012. In 2015, she helped to establish the Department of Grants & Community Engagement in Southern College of Optometry. Since joining Memphis Public Library Foundation, Christine has worked to support the library as a place of equity, where people from every walk of life can find resources, information, connection, art, and a true civic commons.

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