For immediate release | June 13, 2013

Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by ALA Editions, is back—and the new second edition is better than ever, with refreshed, expanded content and new ideas to reinvigorate programs and give them a 21st-century spin. Walking the reader through every aspect of adult programming, this new edition of a tried-and-true book includes:

  • Updated chapters on basics such as funding, crafting guidelines, topic selection, publicity, post-program evaluations and more;
  • A new section on technology, with ideas for online book discussions, offering programs via Skype and turning programs into podcasts;
  • Methods for tailoring programs for specific groups, such as men, baby boomers and seniors;
  • A collection of "five-star" programs from libraries around the country that can be easily adapted.

Lear is director of the Martin County Library System in Florida. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the reference, adult services and programming coordinator for Multnomah County Library (MCL) in Oregon. While at MCL he worked with a team that planned, scheduled, coordinated and produced more than 2,500 family and adult programs and special events each year. He worked as a library manager with the Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado from 1996 to 2008, where he chaired the Program Steering Committee several times over the years. From 1995 through 1999 he served on the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Services to Adults Committee and contributed to the RUSA publication “Adult Programming: A Manual for Libraries.” He has presented and participated in programming workshops at ALA and PLA conferences, and in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, and Florida.

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