Programming Resources

Anime Clubs|Banned Books|Book Discussions|Calendars|Crafts|Events|Gaming|Homeschooling|Maker Spaces|StoryWalk®|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!

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 TemplateWord Document

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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 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.


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:

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CraftsArts and Crafts

Food Crafts

Babies, Toddlers and Pre-K


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Event Plans

Stuffed Animal Sleepovers

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Video Game Competition

Board Games

Coding For Kids

Create your own Games





See our Gaming Collection Development page for more gaming resources.

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Images and Copyright

Free Images

 Maker Spaces

For all your 3D Printer questions, see our official 3D Printer Page

No 3D Printer? No Problem! Maker Spaces are about creating! Check some of these resources to get started or keep going with or without a 3D Printer.


Coming Soon!

Writing Clubs


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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.

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