Programming Resources

Anime Clubs|Banned Books|Book Discussions|Crafts|Events|Gaming|Homeschooling|Writing Clubs|Other|Seniors|


Always collect as much data as possible when conducting a library program. Use this sample sheet Word Document (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!


 General Resourcesauro

Anime 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)
  • Games
    • 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.

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 Banned Books Resources

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.

Professional Collection

Banned Websites

Books at your library could become challenged at any time. Be familiar with your library’s policy on challenged materials. 

Sample Challenged Materials FormWord Document

Web Resources:

Book Groups

Book Club Resources

Book Group Kits

Do you have a book discussion group that meets in your library?  Do you want to start a group?

The Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) has Book Group Kits available for any 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 and click on ‘Search the catalog’.
Choose your home library and click on ‘Start PowerPAC’.
At the next screen choose ‘Search’ from the top tabs.
Under ‘Keyword’,  search for: Book Group Kit.
This will bring up those kits that are available; request a kit as you would any item.


Dia Family Book Club
Teaching Books
Tween Book Club Kits
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!
Cookie Club

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CraftsArts and Crafts

C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things)
Crafts by Amanda
Dollar Store Crafts
Hungry Happenings
Food Crafts
Kids Crafts
Makes and Takes
No Time for Flash Cards
Babies, Toddlers and Pre-K
Origami Resource Center
Polish the Stars
The Crafty Crow
The Crafts Dept.
Little Birdie Secrets
Mich L. in L.A.
Polish the Stars
Zakka Life

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Event Plans

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Lego Club Ideas
Mobile Frame Zero
Speed Racer Science
Star Wars Day
Stuffed Animal SleepoversSleepover at the Library
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Flyer TemplatePublisher Icon Small

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GamingVideo Game Competition

Gaming Workshop PowerPointPDF Icon Small

Educational Apps
Board Games
Board in the Library
Coding For KidsApp Inventor
Code Monster
Create your own GamesSCRATCH
Extra Credit
Learn about the history of video games and why they are important to all brains
The History of Videogames
MinecraftMinecraft in the Classroom
Minecraft with Teens
 Museum of Play
Senior Living
Integrating iPads and Tablets


See our Gaming Collection Development page for more gaming resources.


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Conservative Homeschoolers
Homeschool Connections
I Can Teach My Child

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 Writing Clubs

National Novel Writing Month
National Poetry Writing Month
Fairfield Library’s Writer’s Club Website


Authors who Skype
Circulating Ideas: Weekly Library Interview Podcasts
Super Simple Learning
Teach Preschool
Tiny Tips for Library Fun
Unbound Booking

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Programming Ideas

101 Ideas for Serving the Elderly
Wii Senior Bowling Template

Offices for the Aging

New York State Offices for the Aging provide a variety of resources, programs and services to enable seniors to maintain independents and self-directed lifestyles. Click below for more information about your local county office:

Cayuga County
Cortland County
Seneca County
Tioga County
Tompkins County

Online Resources

Bereavement and Loss Resources - Reading lists for resources on bereavement, grief and loss; includes recommended materials for all age ranges. Compiled by Hospicare.

AARP’s Internet Resources - An easy to search database for more than 900 of the best sites for people age 50+.

Medline Plus - The site doctors recommend! This free, unbiased health information website is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

NYS Senior Citizens’ Resource Guide - Official information and services from the New York State Office for the Aging.

Search Prescription Drug Prices in NYS - Find the pharmacy offering the cheapest drug prices in your area. Provided by the New York State Department of Health.

Savvy Senior - A national information service devoted to older Americans and their caregivers. Senior Citizens’ Resources - Official information and services from the U.S. government.

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