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Lets Talk Adult Programming

Ted Downtown Chandler Public LibraryAzLA Annual Conference-11-14-141Capturing lightning in a bottle

Tell us about your best program

2When things go off the tracks

Tell us about your worst program

3Moving Target Planning

Intersections, overlaps and dance of the details

ProgrammingThe study shows a strong, continued increase in program attendance and numbers of programs offered by libraries nationally. Program attendance per capita was up 2 percent from the previous year. The statistic shows an eight-year increase in these indicators, limited only by the time the data has been collected. Growth in this library service area will impact library spaces and the need for trained staff to provide quality programs. IMLS Releases Latest National Public Library DatabyKaren PundsackonAugust 11, 2014

4Not An Exact Science?Timing for audience-time of week, time of day, time of year. Competition and conflicts with other city events and festivals. Cooperation and outreach with those festivals.How to evaluate communitys needs and interests?How relevant are the programs to communitys situation, expectations and librarys mission?


Your Communitys Values and PrioritiesAmerican Library Associations (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities advocacy campaignLibraries Transforming Communitiesis an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.core competencies and the ability to:Identify community issues rooted in people's shared aspirations; Strategically share this knowledge with your community to build public will for action;Develop strategies that align with local context;Create community conditions that enable change;Identify the right community partners to work with; andDevelop networks for innovation and learning.


7Programming Librarian

8I always wanted toA program on couponingCraftingStamp Collecting WorkshopAntiques RoadshowModel RailroadingHome BrewingThe Possibilities!What do the patrons want?

Men in the library

As Ernest Morrell, one of the summit keynote speakers, reminded participants: Literacy is not just about decoding text. It is about becoming a superior human being that can act powerfully upon the world.

Chases Calendar of Events9





14One-offs and Pop-Ups dont seem to work.

Series seem to work for our communities.15Tried to go Hollywood, but it was distinctive enough16


Work with public television as public libraries are natural allies.18

Arizona Humanities Council20

Cultural Programming21

Traditional Programs like Genealogy and Book Groups22


Non-traditional programs. Collaborated with the job center.24

28AARP has been a great asset and partner29

Collaborative programs with other departments in your city or county.30

From Internment to Hope: Arizona Celebrates Japanese-American Baseball31

From Internment to Hope: Arizona Celebrates Japanese-American Baseball32


37Any strategy worthy of the name sees around the curve. It anticipates or at least can accommodate the unexpected. Strategy expands the range of plausible and affordable options. In short, it creates choices. Andrew Bacevich Lessons From America's War for the Greater Middle East38

Family programs39

Women in the Library40

Arizona Roadshow41

Marketing your programs

In-houseFlyers, Posters, Postcards,Electronic Message Board, Word of Mouth

Ways to Increase your librarys visibility

47In-houseFlyers-The Old Stand-Bys


Social MediaFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Intragram-Cost is mainly time49In the Field Local Newspapers Press releases

Flyers (TechSpot , Zia, Changing Hands in Tempe, City Rec Center)

50Local Press

Dont forget the local press-Find out deadlines and how they like to communicate51

Outreach-Volunteers and StaffArizona Hemophilia OrganizationHomebound VisitsBooks for BabiesYMCA Literacy NightChandler Museum /Price House East Valley Jewish Community Center

52Reaching underservedpopulationsA culturally responsive library?Seniors-Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimers Disease Lifetime Arts Creative Aging program

Asking patrons what they want

Seniors-Wont Come out at night or deviate from their schedulesMeaningful engagement for older adults25 % of U.S. population is aged 55 and older.If you havent asked your older adult patrons about their interests, do. Youll be surprised! (We did a survey)Creative aging program are defined as sequential learning (usually eight to twelve sessions) in a particular arts discipline led by qualified teaching artist.53Sandwich generation-Taking care of children and their parents.

54Reaching underservedpopulationsA culturally responsive library?New Immigrants

Nearly 40% of all foreign-born residents in the U.S. come from Mexico, Central America, and Cuba-Connecting Latinos with Libraries American Libraries Magazine-8-20-14This group prefers word-of-mouth over written communication.

2013-2017 Arizona LSTA Goals-Position libraries as forward-looking community anchors that address diverse needs, including human services, employment and economic development and civic engagement.Employment Assistance and TrainingSmall Business Development/Economic Development Phoenix Public Library (Hive) Scottsdale (Eureka)55Reaching underservedpopulations Talk Time

Huge need for ESL

56Reaching underservedpopulations Learning Lab

Learning Lab GED57Reaching underservedpopulations Job Center

Job Center58Why Libraries Matter:Empowering Community VoicesPublic Library Association Conference, March 15, 2012

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/empoweringvoicesEmpowering Voices: Engaging Communities to Speak for LibrariesPublic Library Assn. Conference, March 15, 2012 in Philadelphia59Intersection of Library & Organizations

-Creative Aging Toolkit for Public LibrariesCommunities Resources


Intersection of Library & CommunitiesAdding in local Chandler groups-Asian Americans-Indian Community-Commuters-Home Schoolers (Computer classes), Vets61

Library & Its Community: Taking Assessment

Community GroupGap in Service or CommunicationWhat could the library do to fill the gaps?How can we do it?Remember Libraries Transforming Communities62

Launched in Spring 2012, Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.63

Surveys and the audience65

Evaluation process66

Partnership with Cup O Karma67

Acoustic Blend68

69Lightning can strike twice! When all the moving parts come togetherDynamic, vibrant and evolving programs70Dont Forget the Handwritten