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Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« on: June 19, 2009, 02:28:47 am »

Promoting the FSP at Libraries

This is simple.  Go to a library.  It may be your local library, a college library, something else or all of them Smiley  

Get a bunch of FSP bookmarks ( http://www.freestateproject.org/store ) or flyers ( http://www.freestateproject.org/volunteer/downloads ).

Perhaps bring a list of keywords and authors names to the library.  Use the catalog at the library (or you can usually do this at your home computer) to look up the call numbers for the keywords and authors.  Write the call numbers next to the words on the list. Go to the call letters on the list.  Enhance the books by inserting a bookmark in the middle of the books.  Look around quickly, there may be books people interested in freedom would like to read right next to the books you are enhancing.

Here is a sample list that has been used at libraries in Burlington and South Burlington, VT.

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Library search terms:
keyword- drugs, libertarian, freedom, liberty, economics, American Revolution,
Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, Howard Stern, Jesse Ventura, John Stossel, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Neal Boortz, P. J. O'Rourke, Milton Friedman, Dave Ramsey, Dave Barry, Thomas E. Woods, Mahatma Gandhi, George Orwell, F. Paul Wilson, Robert A. Heinlein
 

Most books found based on the above list may be on freedom, liberty, American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, Dave Barry, Mahatma Gandhi and F. Paul Wilson but your mileage may vary.  Don't get caught up in the subjects and names I listed.  If you know of a pro-freedom author, consider also searching for them.  Unless it's a major library, this should take less than around two hours.

Perhaps wait at lease six months before you enhance books at the same library again.  That way there is a good chance that many of the books you enhanced were checked out and you aren't spending time enhancing books which already have a bookmark in them.  
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 02:45:25 pm »

This has recently been done at several libraries in the New England area including libraries in VT and MA.  PM me for an updated suggested author/topic list.

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Some may be against this type of outreach.  Keep in mind that you are enhancing the books.  It's not uncommon for people to insert things into library books.  It is recommended that this only be done at government libraries though, since you are supposed to be a part owner of such libraries.  Also, you may not want to do this with rare books.  Out of all of the libraries this type of activism has happened at, I've only heard one story of anyone being asked to stop.  That person stopped and the issue was concluded.  

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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009, 03:13:15 pm »

+10 this.

A while back, someone was sending out a bunch of FSP bookmarks (you can find them at http://www.freestateproject.org/store). Can't remember who did it (wish I could...), but I always make sure I've tucked one of those in a library book before I return it. I'd also suggest the following topics:

-home-schooling and education
-self-improvement titles
-DIY projects & skills learning
-anything related to starting or running business
-anything critical of contemporary politics
-alternative anything (e.g. medicine, health, etc.)
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 07:40:04 am »

This was done late last year at half a dozen libraries in West TN/ Northern MS and a few additional libraries in MA.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 07:53:25 am »

and 2 in LA and one in SF.
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 03:19:13 pm »

Within the last 9 months, this happened at a few libraries in ME and various parts of the Southeast.  No one was ever asked to stop.  Of course, if asked to stop, it makes sense to immediately stopped.  If someone was asked to remove all of the bookmarks, it would make sense to try to remove the bookmarks; though, the jury is still out on if that question will ever be asked..  Keep in mind that people promoting other groups and causes also do this, including folks promoting religious, social and marketing groups. It doesn't make sense to do this at a private library, only a government one.  Please respect private property.
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2011, 04:09:14 am »

This recently happened at two government community libraries in upstate NY.  It also happened at two community college libraries in OH and a community college library in upstate NY.  One of the libraries in upstate NY even had a couple security guards (because there is so much crime in the community?) and neither of them even noticed, or if they did, they never said anything.
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2011, 04:56:44 pm »

It happens in airport bookstores anytime I fly... generally once every 3-4 months Wink
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Re: Promoting the FSP at Libraries
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 12:47:16 pm »

It seemed there was free time between the morning Republican Caucuses in Maine and the evening Ron Paul victory party.  The University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus is located in the area.  That is the campus where Ron Paul spoke to 600+ people last month.  While enhancing liberty books at the library with FSP Ron Paul flyers, a FSP Bookmark that was placed in a book about a year ago was noticed.  That brought out a smile Smiley

It is easy.  It is cheap.  It is fun (if you enjoy looking at library books and reading samples of them from time to time.)  Why not do it at a library outside of NH?
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