Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear

By Brett W. Lear

Programming is a vital technique of not just drawing new humans to the library but in addition larger serving latest consumers. Lear s helpful advisor to grownup courses is back---and larger than ever, with refreshed, extended content material and new principles to reinvigorate courses and provides them a 21st-century spin. This variation includes

  • Updated chapters on fundamentals equivalent to investment, crafting instructions, subject choice, exposure, post-program reviews, and more
  • A new part on expertise, with principles for on-line booklet discussions, supplying courses through Skype, and turning courses into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring courses for particular teams, resembling males, child boomers, and seniors
  • A number of "five-star" courses from libraries round the kingdom that may be simply adapted

Walking the reader via each point of grownup programming, this re-creation of a tried-and-true ebook is really a librarian s ally.

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You won’t be able to survey these seniors at the library, so you might want to mail the surveys to a contact person at the nursing home and ask him or her to distribute, collect, and mail the surveys back to you. Perhaps you are trying to attract more seniors or small-business owners or college-age teens to the library. You’ve heard that teens really seem to love poetry contests. A teen poetry contest might bring young adults into your library for the first time. What else might work? You could write a survey—tailored to teens—that asks for programming suggestions.

This is an interesting finding, because we are often reluctant to offer programs in areas where we feel we might be competing with agencies that are already providing this service. If your library serves an area that is strong in the arts, it seems that people will attend your programs, even if you are complementing or duplicating events that are currently available in your community. Conduct a Survey: Ask Your Patrons What They Want Although the strategies above can offer insight into your community, ideally you will be able to pose questions to your own patrons.

What are the ages and characteristics of the population? What leisure time activities are available? What is the general education level of the population? What economic, social, or political trends are presently affecting people in your town? What is the town’s relation to other communities in the state? What is the historical background? What are the present economic conditions? What are the major cultural and religious influences? Source: Peggy O’Donnell and Patsy Read, Planning Library Programs (Chicago: Public Library Association, 1979), 12.

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