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Texting event notices to patrons

To boost attendance at Manatee County Public Library’s Photo of woman looking down at her cell phone.
programs, librarian Megan Robinson introduced text notifications for patrons.

Robinson set it up on a free texting system called Remind

Patrons can opt in to receive notifications on:

  • Adult events
  • Teen events
  • Kids events
  • Event info in Spanish 

Using text messaging allows the library to send out information quickly, with less time and effort than methods like producing flyers. 

And because patrons can easily share text messages, potential reach is also maximized, particularly among younger patrons.

Photograph © Jake Brewer, licensed under Creative Commons

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.