Developed and funded by Redbox, and managed by OCLC in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun entertainment events in their local community. When people connect, communities benefit—and as trusted community anchors, public libraries are central to Outside the Box efforts. This year, up to 20 U.S. communities will participate in Outside the Box, with the local library driving community brainstorming and planning sessions and hosting events.
Program participants will create a shared community space and hold an initial kickoff event at the site, to introduce it as a gathering place for the community. Some examples of this work:
Through a competitive application process, libraries and their communities will be chosen for the program based on key characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, local leadership, and innovative ideas for events and community activities. Participants selected for Outside the Box will receive
Outside the Box training provides library and community partners with the information needed to guide community stakeholders through a brainstorming or planning process that leads to unique, local events. By the end of the training (approximately one hour), learners will be able to
There are several options for reviewing the training content, and additional resources are also included below. Please use the materials and approach that works best for your library and community.
Up to 20 U.S. communities will be chosen to participate in the Outside the Box program based on key characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, local leadership, and innovative ideas for events and community activities. Communities that aim to support the following activities will be given priority:
The project will seek to involve communities with an active and interested community, and preferably with existing community partners, a good working relationship with local government, and a manageable project scope with good potential for success.
Ideal applicants will have
To apply for the Outside the Box program, please prepare the following:
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