Story Strong - Libraries Build Communities Initiative

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The Libraries Build Communities initiative is our grant-funded collaboration with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Pasco County Public Library Cooperative, and the Temple Terrace Public Library designed to deliver therapeutic reading services together with community-based programming. Service delivery began in February 2021.

We offer weekly programs in collaboration with our community partners to help improve the lives of those who live in our community. Our services are delivered through evidence-based reading lists, online book clubs, and community-based library programming. Programming is guided by monthly themes to address the individual needs of each community. 

Story Strong programming also features an interdisciplinary partnership between librarians and social workers. The Responsive Librarianship Lab partners with the USF School of Social Work to connect program participants to additional community resources in response to their unique needs. 

Tampa-Hillsborough County

Tampa-Hillsborough County features Story Strong programs for families and adults. Visit our Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library page to learn more. You can sign up to participate in one of our book clubs by visiting the events calendar.

Pasco County Library Cooperative

Pasco County Library features Story Strong programs for adults. Visit the Pasco County Library Cooperative events page where you can sign up and learn more about our programs.

Temple Terrace Public Library

The Temple Terrace Public Library features Story Strong programming for teens, tweens, and young adults. For more information, visit the Temple Terrace Library website or contact Natalia Schellhaas at (813) 506-6770 or via email at Watch our YouTube video for a sneak peak of the program.