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 will receive promotional toolkits through the Library of Michigan, and the ability to promote local events and library services via text directly to TALK subscribers in your service area through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
Details on toolkits, training sessions on how to successfully implement TALK in your community, and other resources for participating libraries coming in February 2021. If you have questions not answered below, or you want to get on our mailing list to receive updates about when the service will be ready for your library to offer to patrons, please fill out this form.
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.