TALK is available to all families in Michigan! Michigan public libraries can sign up to offer TALK to caregivers in their community, a great way to reach potential new library users.
Registered libraries receive access to promotional toolkits and a Midwest Collaborative for Library Services TALK account. The TALK account allows you to schedule event and library service notifications to TALK subscribers in your service area and see user data reports to let your community partners see the impact of their work. Find answers to frequently asked questions below.
Interested in signing up? Details on toolkits and training sessions on how to successfully implement TALK in your community will be shared when you fill out our interest form. Click the GET MORE INFORMATION button to get started.
Already signed up? Access your TALK MCLS account by clicking the SIGN IN button below!
Frequently Asked Questions for Libraries
Is TALK free for Michigan libraries?
The statewide expansion of TALK is currently available at no cost to libraries thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MCLS will develop an affordable scaled subscription model when the grant funding is exhausted and libraries can choose to continue their participation at that time.
Does my library need to be a member of MCLS to sign up?
Are there restrictions on how many users from a specific zip code are required for a library to participate?
No. Most libraries will start with few or no users. Statewide publicity is likely to attract some families in your zip codes even if you do nothing, but we encourage you to use our toolkits to connect to other families in your community.
Is it possible to make TALK successful in a small library with limited staff?
Yes. TALK was developed by staff at five libraries in Washtenaw County of various sizes. Even a small library with one part time youth staff member was able to spend time reaching out to local businesses and schools to connect with parents.
Can library cooperatives sign up to assist our member libraries with participating?
Yes! Please use the form and let us know you represent a cooperative so we can make a plan with you.
Can libraries work together to implement TALK in a broader region?
Yes. You can form your own coalition or work within existing cooperatives. Let us know if we can help you make connections with other libraries in your region.
See if a library near you is offering TALK.*
* Libraries that are already signed up are marked in blue. Libraries that have expressed interest are in orange.