The Dedham Library Innovation Team (DLIT) is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to creating collaborative, positive partnerships between the libraries, schools, public officials, businesses, and residents in order to support the strategic vision and development of a best-in-class, vibrant public library system in Dedham, MA.
First organized in 2011, DLIT began working with the community to build support for the libraries by sponsoring “Dedham Reads Together,” a town-wide reading initiative, based on a chosen book, to build community, foster learning and love of literature, and provide opportunities to support and celebrate the town’s libraries. As part of this annual program, DLIT hosts a gala event each spring inspired by the selected book to raise funds for the libraries!
DLIT and Dedham High School, in association with the Dedham Square Artist Guild, are also the stewards of the Dedham Little Free Libraries Project. Dedham’s individually-decorated mini lending libraries have been built by Dedham High School students and painted by both students and community artists. Twelve individual little libraries are installed throughout the
neighborhoods of Dedham.
Besides Dedham Reads Together and the Little Libraries Project, DLIT helps sponsor the annual Book It! Library 5K Race, a family-friendly end-of-summer activity to raise awareness for the town library system and the many resources it provides. Beginning in 2017, DLIT has also helped organize and sponsor a middle-grade author festival, “Smack Dab in the Middle” each March, including panel discussions, Q and A time with the authors, a book sale and book signing. Free writing workshops for kids with several of the authors are offered as part of the event.
As a result of these programs and other projects, DLIT funds technology and library collection purchases each year with funds raised, while continuing to advocate for both Dedham’s public libraries and our public school libraries. In 2015, DLIT was honored with a Massachusetts School Library Association Advocate Award.