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Groundbreakings and Dedications

Groundbreakings:

 

Before:

  • Put a sign on the site as soon as possible.
  • Invite special guests.
    • Determine who you'd like to have speak and notify them.
    • Determine who you'd like to have dig and notify them.
  • Have young library patrons involved.
  • Have gold shovels and cameras ready.
    • Make sure there is loose soil that can be turned over.  Your contractor can help.
  • Plan for any simple refreshments you'd like to have.
  • Plan for photos.

 

During:

  • Welcome the public and introduce all politicians, donors, board members, architects, builders, and library staff.
  • Mention special functional features that will support convenient, efficient library service.
    • Let a few speakers make brief remarks.
    • Have the groundbreaking.
    • Have the kids break ground.
    • Invite attendees for refreshments.

 

After:

  • Thank special guests for attending.

 

Other Ideas:

  • Display models or architectural renderings of the building.
  • Use string to create an outline of the building in full scale on the site with signs designating each area.
  • Have local musicians perform background music.
  • Give away shovel-shaped pens or other novelties inscribed with name of the library and the date.

 

Dedications/Grand Openings:

 

Before:

  • Open for business before the grand opening to solve initial problems.
  • Invite special guests.
    • Determine who you'd like to have speak and notify them.
    • Determine who you'd like to have cut the ribbon and notify them.
  • Plan for any simple refreshments you'd like to have.
  • Plan for photos.

 

During:

  • Welcome the public and recognize all politicians, donors, board members, architect, builders, and library staff.
  • Mention special functional features that will support convenient, efficient library service.
  • Let a few speakers make brief remarks.
  • Cut the ribbon and then move indoors for the program.
  • Have children cut a ribbon opening the Children's area.
  • Invite attendees for refreshments.

 

After:

  • Thank special guests for attending.

 

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