Programming Resources


Programming & Exhibitions, 2018
Website: American Library Association
The ALA Programming website provides information about current grant and exhibition opportunities, resources from past programs, and free webinars.

Programming Librarian, 2018
Website: American Library Association
A website of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. The website offers programming resources, new ideas, and professional development opportunities.

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), 2018
Website: Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
Information and resources on current year and past summer reading programs designed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Early literacy, children, teen, and adult programming resources available.

Beyond Book Groups: Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers, 2018
Webinar: WebJunction
Jump into the programming sandbox to explore creative ideas for reaching new adult audiences and delighting the bibliophiles in your own community. Webinar archive materials available at no cost.

Library Program Ideas for Adults, 2018
Website: Pinterest
Pinterest board with hundreds of adult programming ideas.

Programming, 2018
Website: WebJunction
The Programming section includes webinar resources, templates, and successful strategies for planning, marketing, implementing, and evaluating your programming efforts.

Sample Programming Ideas: Showcase the Vastness of Your Library's Resources
Website: American Library Association
ALA has five key action areas to promote the highest quality library services and access to information for all people. This website provides programming suggestions for each key action area.

Sensory Storytime for Special Needs Adults, Durham County Library, NC, 2013
Article: Urban Libraries Council
This article discusses Sensory Storytime, a storytime program for adults with special needs.


Outreach Resources for Services to Older Adults
Website: American Library Association
This page has guidance and resources for providing outreach to older adults.

Older Adults & Seniors, 2018
Website: WebJunction
The Older Adults & Seniors section includes lists of helpful suggestions, webinars, case studies of individual libraries, and other resources to help your library provide better services to older adults and seniors.

Baby Boomers Aren’t Called “Seniors” Anymore – Next Level Programming for Older Adults, October 10, 2014
Article: Public Libraries Online
This article, discussing how to offer effective library services to Baby Boomers, includes national examples of successful library programs.

Senior Partners | Innovation, June 13, 2017
Article: Library Journal
Article profiling innovative programs that libraries are offering to older adults.

Homebound Program ToolKit, August 25, 2011
Toolkit: North Texas Library Partners (NTLP)
This toolkit provides extensive, research-based information on homebound services that includes planning a homebound program and marketing strategies.

Serving Seniors, 2015
Website: Maine State Library
This toolkit contains a variety of programming ideas, manuals, and resources for serving senior citizens in the library.

Low Cost Programming

Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events, 2018
Website: American Library Association
A complete list of all ALA celebrations and promotions—from National Library Week to Banned Books Week. Information is provided on how to get your library involved!

Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library, 2018
Webinar: WebJunction
If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Webinar archive materials available at no cost.

Designing Interactive Library Spaces on Limited Budgets, May 11, 2017
Webinar: Demco
Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project covers tips for success when designing interactive library spaces and experiences on a limited budget. Brian will offer ideas for your library from programming for all ages to display tips to maker spaces that will help you engage your community without spending thousands of dollars. Webinar archive materials are available at no cost.

Big Talk from Small Libraries: Programming on a Shoestring Budget
Video: Nebraska Library Commission
45-minute presentation on a variety of low cost programming for all libraries and different age groups.

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun
Website: The Digital Shift
A short list of possible low-cost programs plus a link to Maker Camp which has grants, donations, and STEM summer programming.

10 No-to-Low Cost Ideas for Your Library’s Con
Website: CCGC in Libraries
A list with description of 10 low or no cost programs for you library’s comic con event.

Program Ideas, Activities, and Events
Website: Idaho Commission for Libraries
This site provides a long list of different programming resources including toolkits, projects, videos, game development, stealth programming, and competitions, maker events, and contests.

Passive Programming

Passive Library Programs, 2018
Website: Pinterest
Pinterest board created by Central Mississippi Regional Library System that offers hundreds of creative programming ideas for your library.

The Who, What, Where, Why, When, and Hows of Passive Programing, 2018
Blog: OLC Small Libraries
Blog post that discusses the basics of passive programming and ideas to help you offer passive programs at your library.

6 Easy and Engaging Ideas for Passive Programming, 2018
Blog: Demco
Blog post that provides six easy and engaging passive programming ideas.

Reaching Teens Subversively through Passive Programming
Article: Programming Librarian
Informative article by Kelly Jensen and Jackie Parker that details what passive programming is, who it reaches, and provides many examples of passive programming.

Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming: Easy and Affordable Activities for All Ages
Emily T. Wichman’s book details a variety of programs and step-by-step instructions for passive programming in your library.