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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: East Hartford Public Library

"Propel East Hartford," East Hartford Public Library, CT

Propel East Hartford is a stream of programs and services for people who want to make a difference in East Hartford. This year's annual kickoff event will be an East Hartford-themed escape room, followed by programs planned quarterly, with the first quarter featuring leadership training from the Voices of Women of Color.

Project Details

Project Name: Propel East Hartford: Moving Forward Together

Purpose: To connect community members with each other and with resources and programs

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Annual community-building kickoff event, ongoing programs designed quarterly, services to support organizations, bi-annual community co-design sessions to keep evolving the programs and services based on community needs and desires, a kiosk at the library to highlight community resources and opportunities to connect. Thoughts for future programming include tech help for organizations (social media, websites, e-mail), informational fairs for volunteer opportunities and/or civic engagement (like boards and commissions), and programs sponsored by our partners.

Target Audience: People who are involved with nonprofit organizations as well as people who want to be involved, and don’t know how to go about getting involved.

Community Support: East Hartford Office of Family and Community Partnerships, East Hartford CONNects, East Hartford Historical Society

Use of grant funds: kiosk/display fixtures, escape room supplies, fees to hire Voices of Women of Color

Why:

  • To engage the community
  • To help East Hartford residents make a difference in their community

Team Members

four team members from East Hartford Public LibraryTeam members Rebecca Livaich, Marc Pettersen, Sarah Morgan, and Jennifer Pfeifer, with Jeanine Esposito (left) and Dawn La Valle (right)

Presentation Slide

Propel East Hartford presentation slide

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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