Prince William Public Libraries is excited to share that MAGIC is included in American Library Association‘s “Libraries that Build Business: Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Public Libraries.”

This new book spotlights ways to advance entrepreneurship in public libraries. PWPL was one of 30+ libraries nationwide that contributed to this book, highlighting resources and services offered by MAGIC.

The book is available to check out:

American Library Association celebrated the release of the book during its Annual Conference on June 25. The book details programs ranging from one-on-one business consultations, classes, and workshops to networking and equipment lending. Readers will learn:

  • the value to libraries of getting involved in entrepreneurship development;
  • how libraries are integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into their efforts, working to create more inclusive business communities and, in turn, cultivate a vision for justice in communities across the country;
  • vivid case studies of more than two dozen programs representing a cross-section of urban, suburban, and rural libraries, such as Entrepreneurship Academy, a training program; a 6-month business incubator targeting the formerly incarcerated; empowering street vendors, a consulting service with local business experts; and a makerspace for business;
  • best practices related to budgeting, partnerships, staff, outreach, evaluation, sustainability, and other core components; and
  • information about additional resources to support their work.

MAGIC is a special collection and information service located at Chinn Park Library. MAGIC’s collection focuses on local and state government information and publications. Specialized staff and resources assist members of the community, including providing support to local government agencies and area businesses and nonprofits on how to start or grow a business, retrieve industry information, seek grant funding, and access laws and regulations. The book is available for the public to check out on PWPL’s Online Catalog.

“Our staff bring to realization our vision to be the hub connecting people to the transforming power of information,” remarked Deborah Wright, director. “Whether it’s through innovative marketing to introduce new services and products or traditional storytelling through books, we appreciate the recognition and coordination with ALA.”

About Prince William Public Libraries

Prince William Public Libraries has 12 branches throughout Prince William County and the City of Manassas, providing free access to books, e-books, e-audio, print and digital magazines, Digital Library, and CDs/DVDs. PWPL also offers free educational and entertaining programs for all ages.