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Connecticut Rising to the Challenge - Download The Report

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Library, is pleased to release, Connecticut Rising to the Challenge: A Report of the Connecticut Dialogue on Public Libraries, based on the dialogue held at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford on Monday, April 13, 2015. The dialogue brought together a distinguished group of thought leaders who focused on a variety of discussions that highlighted issues and opportunities for libraries and their communities. As the first state-wide dialogue on public libraries, the Connecticut Dialogue has also served as a valuable pilot for exploring the opportunities to work with a diverse group of stakeholders at the local and state levels in to initiate conversations in other states and to identify and develop the additional activities and resources needed to advance activity beyond the initial conversations.

The report offers eight action steps aimed at continuing the conversation by engaging a team of people from around the state, with particular attention to choosing doable steps that will produce tangible results, and working together to make libraries and the state stronger.