Learn how librarians form partnerships with local and state organizations to support lifelong learning outdoors. Becky Schneider will discuss how her library supports gardening and gardeners through classes, a seed exchange, and a teaching garden. The library is able to do this work through partnerships with the Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water Conservation District, and area farms, businesses, and nonprofits. Libbie Dobbs-Alexander will discuss the N.C. Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE initiative, and how it is being used to support lifelong learning outside everywhere from Madison County Public Libraries – Library Journal’s 2018 Best Small Library in America — to the Greensboro Public Library. This panel will be facilitated by Noah Lenstra of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Presenters: Noah Lenstra, UNC at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies; Becky Schneider, Person County Public Library; Libbie Dobbs-Alexander, North Carolina Arboretum