New iteration—Adult Programming: Planning for Success eCourse

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/13/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Adult Programming: Planning for Success. Amy Alessio will serve as the instructor for a 3-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Learn how to build programs that draw adult users into your library from one of the most well-known programming experts—Amy Alessio! Adults are a very important—but often overlooked—category of patrons. They generally make up a large proportion of library patrons.

In this 3-week eCourse, Alessio will help you plan a calendar year of events for adults in several different age groups. You’ll learn about the best programming resources for everything from planning to marketing. Throughout the course, you will design one detailed program plus provide ideas for future programs and contribute to discussion with other participants. You’ll walk away from this course with the knowledge and inspiration you need to create successful programs for your adult patrons.

eCourse outline

Week One:

  • Introduction to types of programming
  • Overview of resources, including funding resources
  • Popular trends
  • Planning calendar for the year

Week Two:

  • Navigating issues in programming: space, time, budget and staff constraints
  • Programming for adult subgroups: by age and interests
  • Planning for all day events

Week Three:

  • Creative marketing, including:
    • How to utilize library social media accounts for program marketing
    • Reworking and refreshing long running programs
    • Programming by themes

About the Instructor

Amy Alessio enjoyed the input of teens for over nineteen years as an award-winning teen and readers’ advisory librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois. She is a co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials (ALA Editions 2015), Club Programs for Teens (ALA Editions, 2015), and 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), in addition to other reference titles. Amy enjoys offering presentations about library services or vintage cooking, her passion, across the country. You can learn more about Amy on her website

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on September 10, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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