Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

Sept. 14-20, 2014

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.

Get Outside the Lines

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!

Participating Organizations

  • Alpena County Library (MI)
  • Anythink (CO)
  • Arapahoe Library District (CO)
  • Auburn Public Library (MA)
  • Auburn Public Library (ME)
  • Aurora Public Libraries (CO)
  • Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (TX)
  • Berthoud Community Library District (CO)
  • Blauvelt Free Library (NY)
  • Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library (IN)
  • Boulder Public Library (CO)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library (IA)
  • Chenoa Public Library District (IL)
  • City of Commerce Public Library (CA)
  • Clear Creek Library District (CO)
  • Colorado State Library (CO)
  • Cornwall Public Library (NY)
  • Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library (AR)
  • Dacono Public Library (CO)
  • Daviess County Public Library (KY)
  • Denver Public Library (CO)
  • Douglas County Libraries (CO)
  • Durango Public Library (CO)
  • Edmonton Public Library (AB, Canada)
  • Elbert County Library District (CO)
  • Emmett Public Library (ID)
  • Englewood Public Library (CO)
  • Euless Public Library (TX)
  • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (IN)
  • EveryLibrary (IL)
  • Farmingdale Public Library (NY)
  • Farrell B. Howell EC-8 School (CO)
  • Fayetteville Free Library (NY)
  • Florence-Lauderdale Public Library (AL)
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (WA)
  • Fremont County Library System (WY)
  • Gadsden Public Library (AL)
  • Gunnison County Library District (CO)
  • Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Library (IN)
  • High Plains Library District (CO)
  • Homewood Public Library (AL)
  • Houghton Lake Public Library (MI)
  • Ignacio Community Library (CO)
  • ImagineIF Libraries (MT)
  • Jefferson County Public Library (CO)
  • Josephine-Louise Public Library (NY)
  • Jeudevine Memorial Library (VT)
  • Lafayette Public Library (CO)
  • La Veta Public Library (CO)
  • Logan County Public Library (KY)
  • Lone Cone Library District (CO)
  • Longmont Public Library (CO)
  • Los Angeles Public Library (CA)
  • Louisburg Library (KS)
  • Louisville Public Library (CO)
  • Loveland Public Library (CO)
  • Lyons Depot Library Advisory Board (CO)
  • Kent District Library (MI)
  • Kenton County Public Library (KY)
  • Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (IN)
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library (CO)
  • Marin County Free Library (CA)
  • Marshalltown Public Library (IA)
  • Montana State Library (MT)
  • Mount Pleasant Public Library (TX)
  • Missoula College Library (MT)
  • Nappanee Public Library (IN)
  • Naturita Community Library (CO)
  • Nesbitt Memorial Library (TX)
  • New Mexico State Library (NM)
  • Oceanside Public Library (CA)
  • Pikes Peak Library District (CO)
  • Pinson Public Library (AL)
  • Poudre River Public Library District (CO)
  • Pulaski County Public Library (IN)
  • Salt Lake County Library Services (UT)
  • Sandusky District Library (MI)
  • Sherburne Memorial Library (VT)
  • Sherwood Public Library (OR)
  • Southfield Public Library (MI)
  • University of Texas Libraries (TX)
  • Ventress Memorial Library (MA)
  • West Custer County Library (CO)
  • Wallkill Public Library (NY)
  • Washington County Public Library (AL)
  • Wyndham Robertson Library - Hollins University (VA)

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.

Thank you to those libraries and supporters who have helped make Outside the Lines possible:
  • Anythink
  • Arapahoe Library District
  • Aurora Public Libraries
  • Colorado State Library
  • Douglas County Libraries
  • High Plains Library District
  • Jefferson County Public Libraries
  • Poudre River Public Libraries


Here are some videos to provide inspiration for your Outside the Lines events this fall.

© 2014 • an R-Squared initiative