Creating Successful Adult Programs

No matter what type of community your library serves, the adult population is crucial to your success. Invigorating, vibrant adult programs draw new people to the library and help keep existing patrons engaged. In this workshop, Brett W. Lear, author of "Adult Programs in the Library," will show you how to build programs that align with your library’s mission, priorities and service plan. He’ll demonstrate how to assess your community’s needs so your programs respond to what’s unique about your community and in demand among your library’s patrons. 

Topics include:
  • creating goals for event planning that link your events to the needs of your community;
  • developing outcome measures to ensure that your events are a good fit for your community;
  • sharing your successes with elected officials, residents and other stakeholders.


Brett W. Lear is the director of the Martin County Library System in Florida. He has worked in libraries for more than 27 years and has held positions at the University of Florida, New York Public Library, Florida State University, Jefferson County Public Library (Colo.), and Multnomah County Library (Ore.). In addition to serving on national committees such as the Services to Adults Committee and the Library Services to the Spanish Speaking Committee, he has presented programming workshops in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Florida.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA Editions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.