Library programming is an essential resource for a community. Through programming, a library can sponsor social, cultural and education opportunities to enhance patron experiences. Many community members and library users are unaware of the plethora of activities the library provides, usually free or at a modest charge. Library programs, such as story hours, technology sessions, or teen sleep overs, provide a venue for delivering library resources and services to the community. By developing and promoting unique programming concepts, libraries can attract current library users as well as potential future patrons..
To some, the development of library programs might be a bit overwhelming. However, one of the most important practices to utilize is to borrow ideas. "Stealing," or borrowing ideas from other libraries, is welcomed and encouraged. While librarians often borrow ideas, it is still necessary to consider the needs of your local community and add an element of uniqueness to a borrowed program to differentiate your library offerings with other libraries in the area. Creative energy and ideas are important in planning library programs; there are many resources available to assist with this endeavor. The American Library Association (ALA) website, Programming Librarian and sources listed below will come in handy when developing and implementing library programs.
Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Studies, at email@example.com or stop by during her office hours, held in Draper 141A on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9.
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