Programming Resources


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.

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.

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.

Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) Facebook
Website: Facebook
A member initiative Facebook group overseen by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. PLIG helps librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provides a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties.


Guidelines for Library Services with 60+ Audience: Best Practices, September 2017
PDF: Reference and User Services Association
These updated best practices reflect basic principles in library services for the 60+ population that include embracing and encouraging diversity and variety and flexibility in planning collections, programs, and services.

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.

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.

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

The Power of Community Outreach Meeting the Demands of the Growing Senior Population, December 8, 2017
Website: Public Libraries Online
This article discusses outreach when working with older adults. It includes the different challenges faced and the types of services that can be provided to meet their community needs.

Public Libraries Online
Website: Public Library Association
Public Libraries Online, a publication of PLA, allows you to search for the senior programming tag throughout all past issues.

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

Low Cost 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources, December 14, 2017
Website: WebJunction
This article lists resources to create a makerspace and plan maker-related programming.

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.

No Money? No Problem: Low-Cost Programming through Partnerships, March 8, 2017
Article: Programming Librarian
This article features examples of libraries that expanded their programming options through partnerships.

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.