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Offline Col Barrett

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Need input on Libraryseeds
« on: June 16, 2011, 01:07:59 PM »
Fellow Appleseeders,

Can I please get some feedback from yall as to who is leading the efforts on Libraryseeds in your state?

I have already done a couple of these and have found they are rather simple and not extremely time demanding. The event itself is typically no more than an hour and a half to share the three strikes, a power liberty benediction and a pitch for Appleseed. As for advertising for the event, you can download the cool 3 strikes poster here: http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=2077.msg174789#msg174789 , or request some copies be added to your shoot boss's shoot box at the next shoot. These can be posted at a minimum on the bulletin board at the library, over water fountains or maybe beside the door of the meeting room.

In addition to the posters, see if the library has a newsletter that our event can be added to. Try and have a second event in place so that you can tell your audience if they appreciated the message and thought others should hear it, then they should bring someone next month on x date. Also, a small ad can be run in local papers announcing the event, try and have this done at least once two weeks before, if not 2-3 times if the paper will allow. A sample of the press release can be found here: http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=2077.msg22285#msg22285 Remember, most newspapers need something to fill their pages so it doesn't look empty and the nonprofit angle is a good way to get in the paper for free. Don't forget to invite the librarians, their families, home school groups and your neighbors!

Once you invest the hours of getting templates together and contacts at the local newspapers then this becomes pretty easy stuff. I don't think it is out of the question that each member could share the story AT LEAST once a month at one library, if not once at two libraries a month. This will exponentially increase our exposure and get more people to hear the real story behind our program.

Please let me know who in your state has already made efforts or plans to on this front and what they have found does/does not work. I would collect info on this and see what kind of difference this makes in our program.

Remember, these can spin off from the libraries and requests may come to speak at senior living centers, church groups, home school groups, tea party meetings etc.

Please post here or PM me with any questions.

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Re: Need input on Libraryseeds
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 09:45:15 PM »
I'm working on it, but the shoot schedule and my so-called personal life have been confounding my efforts. Now that my son's Little League season is finally over, I should be able to put some time in on this. We're in tight with our library, as all homeschoolers

Thanks for posting this - one quick and easy access point for LS info is nice to have, and lowers a barrier to entry, as it were.

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Re: Need input on Libraryseeds
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 10:45:50 AM »
Great Log,

Thanks for the update. I will try and be gathering more materials and either editing my previous post or adding more to this thread to give states a go to point to pull more info. Right now, asmule in AZ is working on putting together a power point, in case your library has the equipment in place to allow such a format. That was one thing I got from a 24 yo girl, that it would be more engaging if we had some form of a short clip from patriot or some images to keep connected.

Thanks again!
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Re: Need input on Libraryseeds
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 01:34:33 PM »
Good thought on the Power Point - while impractical for use on the range during a shoot, it's perfect for a LibertySeed. Having something to look at other than me for an hour is probably a good thing.  >:D

I'm thinking of non-library venues as well. My mom's Senior Center is always looking for activities, so I might be able to get in there too. In any case, I ordered some LS posters in my next shoot box, so I'll try to get this going soon.


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