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!

Outside the Lines 2014 may be over, but libraries everywhere are pushing new boundaries daily. We hope you’ll celebrate with us again next year - and every day until then!

Participating Organizations

List of organizations

North Dakota

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