The Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference

September 2022

This was the second ARSL conference I attended. As it was located in Chattanooga TN I am grateful to CRLC for helping me attend.

The city of Chattanooga is beautiful and I found the people there to be very friendly and helpful. It is always interesting to meet fellow librarians from small libraries across the country, to share situations at the library and work toward possible solutions to problems.

My main focus was toward children’s programming but I also attended a very helpful session on customer service and how to create a better patron experience in the library. The session was presented by Phillip Carter, Director of the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System (MS).

The welcome reception was held at the Chattanooga Public Library. It was interesting to see what is available there, especially the top floor “maker space”.

The Tennessee Aquarium is awesome. I also enjoyed a walk across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge which connects downtown Chattanooga with North Chattanooga.

Nancy R. Stowell

Youth Services Librarian, Frank J. Basloe Library

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