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This section is devoted to programming resources for all ages. Many of these programs can be adapted for any age group. We have separated each section based on program type and age group. Please see our Promotional Materials page for marketing ideas, images and handouts. Contact Amanda Schiavulli or Jenny Shonk with any suggestions or changes to this section.
- ALA Sample Programming Ideas
- Circulating Ideas Podcasts
- Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
- Programming Librarian
FLLS Program Boxes
We are constantly updating our collection of program boxes for all ages. Search under call number “Program Box” in Polaris to browse and request these resources.
Always collect as much data as possible when conducting a library program. Use this sample sheet (or create your own) to track the types of programs you offer and keep notes on how they fared at your library. Don’t forget to include Passive Programs in your programming statistics!
Taking pictures and using them for publicity? Make sure to have a current photo release form on file! Download this template to get you started: Photo Release Template
Note: You do not have to have a photo release form on file for every event. However, it is important to outline your library’s position on taking and posting photos. This can easily be included in your Social Media or Programming Policy and approved by your library board. Once approved, some form of the following should be announced at every program:
“SMILE! Your attendance at programs sponsored by the PUBLIC Library may be digitally recorded through photographs or video recordings. These images may be posted on our website, in our newsletter, by local newspapers or ultimately on the World Wide Web. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify a member of the Library staff before or immediately after the program. No individual identification will be used unless the library has a signed parental consent photo release form for those under age 16.”
For more information on taking and posting photos:
- ALA on Libraries and Photos of Patrons
- FLLS Policy Templates
- How to Blur Faces Using iPhoto
- How to Blur Faces Using Pixlr
- 101 Ideas for Serving the Elderly
- Adult Programming Ideas
- Adult Programming Resources
- Adulting 101
- ALA’s Outreach Resources for Serving Older Adults
- Engaging Adults at the Small or Rural Library
- Mid-Life Adult Programming Ideas
- Program Speed Dating
- Public Libraries Online: Adult Programming
- Public Libraries Online: Senior Programming
- Webjunction Resources for Serving Older Adults & Seniors
- Webjunction Webinars: Programming
From the Library Bill of Rights:
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
Celebrate our freedom to read by fighting censorship year round and by promoting Banned Books Week annually at the end of September.
- Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read
- Defending access with confidence
- Censored books II: Critical Viewpoints
- The new inquisition : understanding and managing intellectual freedom challenges
- Intellectual freedom manual
- ALA’s Official Banned Books Website
- Banned Books Week
- Challenged Graphic Novels
- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
- Frequently Challenged Books
- OCLC’s Top 1000 List
Books at your library could become challenged at any time. Be familiar with your library’s policy on challenged materials.
- Bill of Rights
- Dealing with Challenges to Graphic Novels
- Challenged Library Materials
- ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
- Authors who Skype
- I Love Libraries: Starting a Book Club
- Simon & Schuster Book Club Resources
- Book Browse: Book Club Central
- LitLovers – Discussion Guides & More
- Talking About Books: A Book Discussion Primer
Book Group Kits
Do you have a book discussion group that meets in your library? Do you want to start a group? You’re in luck! We have Book Group Kits available for patrons in the 33 libraries in our system. Each kit contains multiple copies of a title in regular print, and when available, in large print and audio format. It also contains a Book Discussion Guide that includes book summaries and reviews, author bios and possible questions to guide the discussion.
LIST OF TITLES we currently have in kits.
To request a Book Group Kit, follow these steps:
- Go to www.flls.org or your library’s website and access the catalog. Select your library, if needed.
- In the menu, click on Search and then Keyword.
- Enter ‘Book Group Kit’ and click Go! This will bring up those kits that are available; request a kit as you would any other item.
Youth Book Club Resources
FLLS has many Tween Book Club Kits. All kits include 10 copies of the book, a discussion guide and activities. Some include addtional mulitimedia. Check one out today!
Online Book Groups
Start your own online book group! Use a blog, Twitter or Facebook to create your own interactive online discussion with your patrons! Check out these samples to get you started:
- Books with 140 Characters
- Goodreads Groups
- NYPL’s Reader’s Den
- Online Book Club
- Penguin’s Book Club on Twitter
- Twitter: The Book Club
- Using Facebook Groups for Book Clubs
Do you have any tweens or teens drawing manga characters or requesting anime DVDs? Your library could benefit from an Anime Club. Very easy to run, Anime Clubs can include activities such as:
- Screening an anime movie or episodes from an anime cartoon series on YouTube
- Crafts (origami, paper lanterns, koi fish, anime shrinky dinks, etc)
- Drawing sessions
- Candy sushi
- Manga swap (much like a book swap)
- Cosplay (dress as favorite characters and take photos)
- Picking up items with chopsticks contest.
- Based on the program’s success, inviting speakers:
- Sushi chefs
- Japanese language speaker to teach some words.
- Local manga artist to teach the basics of drawing manga.
- Local martial artists to demonstrate skills.
- Anime Clubs
- Abby the Librarian dissects Anime Clubs.
- Keeping your Collection Current
- School Library Journal Article on Manga Collections.
- Manga Panda
- Manga Town
- Keep current with your manga.
- Kid Safe Anime
- Anime can be a bit risque. Check what is deemed “safe” for all ages.
- Trials and Tribulations
- National Novel Writing Month
- National Poetry Writing Month
- Fairfield Library’s Writer’s Club Website
- Self Publishing
- Writing Tools
- Chase’s Calendar of Events
- Demco Activity Calendars
- Holiday Insights
- On This Day
- This Day in History
- April: National Library Week
- May: Free Comic Book Day (First Saturday in May)
- September: Banned Books Week
- November: International Games Week
- March 2: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday/Read Across America Day
- May 4: Star Wars Day
General Program Plans
- Get Wimpy at Your Library
- Stuffed Animal Sleepovers
Follow us on Pinterest for more crafty ideas!
- C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things)
- Crafts by Amanda
- Dollar Store Crafts
- Hungry Happening
- 44 Easy Crafts for Adults
Babies, Toddlers and Pre-K
- Gaming Workshop PowerPoint
- Digital Gaming Research
- Game Based Learning
- Game Learning Society
- NYU Game Center
- Board in the Library
Coding For Kids
- FLLS StreetPass Landing Zone
- GameFAQs StreetPass Mii Plaza
- How to Run your Own StreetPass Group
- How To StreetPass Like A Champ
- Official Nintendo StreetPass Resource
- San Diego Street Pass Network
- Using StreetPass in Your Library
See our Gaming Collection Development page for more gaming resources.
- Beginning Homeschooling
- Conservative Homeschoolers
- Homeschool Connections
- Homeschooling Laws
- I Can Teach My Child
- LEAH: Loving Education At Home
- Simple Homeschooling Blog
For all your 3D Printer questions, see our official 3D Printer Page
- 3D Systems
- ALA’s Junior Maker Spaces Toolkit
- Bare Conductive
- Brown Dog Gadgets
- Makers Toolbox
- Speed Racer Science
- TED Talk: 3D Printers
A StoryWalk® is a book that has been dismembered, laminated and presented page by page on a trail, bike path, or in store windows to promote reading and exercise. StoryWalks® were created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
For Early Literacy and Storytimes, please visit our Early Literacy Page
- ALSC Competencies for Youth Librarians
- Super Simple Learning
- Teach Preschool
- Tiny Tips for Library Fun
- YALSA Competencies for Young Adult Librarians