Introduction: you may have a soft opening or a grand opening or both. Please notify Karen Bosch Cobb so that she can work individually with you and make sure that it is posted on our grant webpage and social media.
Invitation: for sample invitations (and program ideas to accompany your opening) please see the Veterans Connect @ the Library PR Toolkit page.
Program content for a grand opening: your library might have an established protocol for opening events and list of invitees. If not you can look at the program provided by Sacramento on the PR Toolkit page.
Invitations and PR: Please include invitations to:
For program ideas: Please scroll through pictures in our NING account found on the right hand side of the Resources for Librarians web page. You will see pictures of sites that are obviously grand opening, i.e. ribbons, balloons, flags, proclamations, cakes, etc. Many libraries hold some activity or program – always a good idea for attendance. For example, a health screening, a motorcycle rally by local veterans, etc.
Graphics: Graphics and logos for the project are available here.
For décor at the event you can use your Veterans Connect @ the Library pop up banner and orange tablecloths, and the flags and windsocks, generic business cards and bookmarks sent to you. Be sure to put out your local information about your Veterans Connect @ the Library Resource center name, address, map, hours, phone number, and your local library veteran's website, etc.
Required: Comply with LSTA requirements for public relations. See our PR Toolkit for the disclaimers to use on publications and information releases.
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