Passport to Vermont Libraries
June 3, 2015 5:21 PM   Subscribe

Passport to Vermont Libraries
We're doing a program to complement summer reading in the Vermont, the Passport to Vermont Libraries. The Vermont Library Association designed a passport and made 1000 of them to give to patrons at participating libraries. Vermont has about 200 libraries (if you count publics and academics and others) and almost 100 of them signed up. You all helped me get started!

Program includes 10 starter passports, sample press releases and posters, a mailing list and a facebook page for sharing information as the program progresses. Participating libraries hand out passports and offer little prizes for the people who visit the most libraries in the state (with adult, YA, and kid winners). You can get your passport stamped at any Vermont library.

At the end of the summer we'll be giving out three Vermont Library Ambassador prizes to the people who visited the most libraries, from each age group. Prize package includes a copy of Pat Belding's Where the Books Are (a local favorite) and a gift card to the Vermont Country Store... and probably some books. We're making all of our materials available to other library systems who want to run a passport program (since it was really difficult to find good templates online) which is the only work-in-progress part of this. Program started officially on June 1st and runs through September 1st. I'm part of a committee of five people (lord help me) who made this all happen.
Role: designer, web person, cheerleader
posted by jessamyn (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

posted by cortex at 5:21 PM on June 3, 2015

This is a great idea that I love, and, not for the first time, I'm jealous I'm not in Vermont.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:00 PM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

I love this and wish I could spend a few weeks biking around Vermont and getting my passport stamped. I live in Ohio and recently saw a photo essay by two sisters who drove around and photographed every courthouse in the state. Having a goal like that, or the library passport thing is a neat way to see towns you'd otherwise never visit.
posted by Kangaroo at 8:25 AM on June 6, 2015

This is a really cool idea.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:39 PM on June 23, 2015

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