Sustaining Community Engagement During the Pandemic

In the sixth episode of the Open Book Webcast, Librarian Jessica Ryan shares how the Linden Hills branch of the Hennepin County Library System adapted their community engagement strategy during the pandemic.

With great resourcefulness, Jessica pivoted to begin delivering the library’s youth and adult programs virtually. Two months into the pandemic, George Floyd was killed a few miles from the library. Again, Jessica shifted library programming to respond meaningfully to the events going on in the world.

Watch the full episode to hear the details of Linden Hills Library’s virtual programming and Jessica’s experience as a librarian during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

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Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at