Programming Ideas & Where to Find Them


Programming refers to organizing events and displays in or through the library to benefit the larger community. Programming should directly support the official library mission statement. For example:

The Public Library connects all people to their community and the world by promoting literacy, providing opportunities for recreation, supporting lifelong learning, and ensuring free and open access to ideas.

Therefore, appropriate programming at our library should include a mix of programs that are fun, educational, and which offer the free and safe exchange of ideas. Past programs include weekly storytimes (literacy/fun/educational), monthly movie nights (fun/exchange of ideas), and special events like Northwoods Organic Gardening (educational/exchange of ideas).

The Public Library is committed to providing a robust schedule of events for a wide range of ages. Most of our staff members are tasked with brainstorming, organizing, and running multiple events throughout the year so that our community benefits from a variety of viewpoints and types of programming. But where can you find inspiration for creating programming? The following list of websites may guide you to some new ideas. And remember, the sincerest form of flattery is imitation! So keep your eyes open and borrow ideas from other libraries.

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About shortlibrarian

I am a woman working in the Twin Cities as a programming Librarian.
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