As libraries gradually begin to reopen in response to COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, we at Celebrate Libraries® are reaching out with thanks to the librarians, business associates and other individuals who have joined with us in this marvelous journey of support for the essential services provided by our public libraries.
It has been a little over five years since we started collecting images in Edgerton, Wisconsin for our first library video. Since then Celebrate Libraries@ has produced over 55 videos and recorded nearly 30 audio interviews. In 2018, the company expanded the initiative into northern Illinois. To date we have worked in communities from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Downers Grove, Illinois and west to La Crosse County, Wisconsin.
Our five-year anniversary was observed this past May and it was time to review our business goals for the next five years. Because Celebrate Libraries® has been focusing on libraries in Wisconsin and Illinois, two Great Lakes states, it was decided to take the next step and include the other states located along the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System.
We also decided to contact a literacy center in Québec and plan to feature the organization with a podcast later this year and a video in 2021. This is an opportunity to share our public library initiative with an even larger audience. According to the Michigan Sea Grant organization, approximately 34 million people in the United Sates and Canada live in the Great Lakes Basin. Thank you again for your support. We look forward to providing future updates.
Robin and Jon Voils