Close the Library! Book Burning Party

We’ve seen save libraries campaigns with Facebook pages, Twitter campaigns, lemonade stands, zombies, pleas from children, but book burning? I have to say this is one of the most creative and riskiest campaigns I’ve seen yet! I’m curious to see what others think of this campaign in reverse psychology.

What can we learn from this campaign? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • This worked for Troy, Michigan, why?
  • What would the reaction be in your community?
  • Would this work for your library? Why or why not?
  • If you were the director or library board president, what questions would you ask before agreeing to such a bold campaign?
p.s. A big shout out and thank you to Dr. Eric Shouse, one of my professor’s from last year, who shared this link with me.
About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


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