Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Hot Places to Find Free Professional Development



There is nothing like the feeling when you attend a professional development session that opens your eyes to something new and exciting. Even better if it is something new that you can apply back in your library. In our humble opinion, there is no better way to stay motivated on the job than constantly learning something new. But when to find the time to learn something new? Conferences can get expensive and the timing could conflict with your availability schedule.

Have no fear! There are many online options which you can do on your own time! Here are a few of our favorite places to go for Professional Development!

1.Wyoming State Library Training Calendar   


We have to give props to Wyoming State Library. They collect all online training and share it in a very convenient calendar. Find something you want to learn about but you can't attend the session? Most say to sign up anyway and they'll email you a link to the archived video.


2. Webjunction

If Wyoming's calendar is overwhelming to you, Webjunction is the place to visit. They take these events and divide them by category. They also provide FREE self paced courses and webinars (upcoming and archived past videos) to all library workers and volunteers.

3. Language Classes

If you have patrons that speak a language you don't know, it may be helpful to use your library's language programs (Mango or Transparent tend to be the most popular). If the library you work in doesn't have these programs, check your home town library or your state library. The language programs may also have quick guides to help library professionals, like Transparent's Survival Spanish for Librarians.

4. Free Online Courses

There are many other fee online courses if you start look by subject instead of profession. What do you want to learn more about? Google Analytics? Social Media Tips? Photography? There are free courses for them all!

45 free online classes you can take (and finish) by the end of this year
Genealogy webinars and courses (free and fee-based)
Free credit-eligible courses for in-demand jobs
Lynda.com (free 10 day trial, though many libraries also offer this program)

5. Conference Materials from State and Small Conferences

There are many reasons why you may not be able to attend conferences, but that doesn't mean you can't benefit from them! Many of them (especially state and smaller conferences) will share their presentations and handouts online, freely available to anyone. Check them out after their conference ends! Some examples:

Massachusetts Library Association
Missouri Library Association (Google Drive Folder)
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Texas Library Association

So, there are endless places to learn. The question now is what time are you going to carve out of your calendar to learn something new?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ready to Go Book Display: Haunted Houses

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group (Adults, Teens, and Children) that you can promote within your library or order for your collection.

Adult



The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson (Mar 2016)
Seeking a new life in the countryside, Mary and her husband move into a long abandoned house, but when unusual sights and sounds begin to occur Mary starts questioning if her grief has turned into madness.




The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike (Oct 2016)
After moving to a new apartment complex next to a cemetery, a young Japanese family  experiences strange and terrifying occurrences that send the other residents fleeing their homes, ultimately leaving them alone with a dark, evil something, or someone, residing in the basement.




77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (Dec 2011)
The affluent occupants of luxury apartments, house in a 200-year-old mansion with a checkered past, enter into a terrifying waking nightmare when the haunted house reawakens, leaving no one  safe from its grip.

 
While renovating a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, contractor Melanie Turner is visited by the ghost of a colleague who needs her help in solving his murder so he can pass over to the other side. 



Rooms by Lauren Oliver (Sept 2014)
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family - bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna - have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone.


A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (Sept 2014)
When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets.


Teen

The House by Christina Lauren (Oct 2015)
Told in their separate voices, Gavin, a loner outcast, and Delilah, back in small-town Kansas after years at a Massachusetts boarding school, reconnect their senior year, but as their relationship deepens, it is clear that the eerie house Gavin dwells in will do anything to keep the two apart.


Harmony House by Nic Sheff (Mar 2016)
Relocating with her mentally ill father to the HJersey Shore in the aftermath of her alcoholic mother's death, Jen learns the creepy history of the manor house that becomes her new home and experiences strange visions that compel her to escape a past she didn't know was haunting her, and the mysterious, terrible power she didn't realize she had.


Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto (Aug 2014)
After her mother's sudden death, Chloe's childhood ability to see ghosts returns and she encounters the spirit of a man 157 years dead whose ghostly past love will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him away.


The House on Stone's Throw Island by Dan Poblocki (Aug 2015)
Jose Sandoval and Eli Barker are the youngest of the wedding guests trapped on a an island off the coast of Maine when a storm blows in - but this island is haunted by spirits seeking revenge, and the only clue that JOsie and Eli have is a scrap of an old Nazi uniform and a voice crying out for help in German.


Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton (July 2015)
When Jack enters the deserted house in his neighborhood, he finds a group of people who invite him to take the thirteenth chair in the room and share a story - in the house where the ghosts meet.


The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender (Aug 2015)
Murdered by a spirit in her house, which was previously an insane asylim, sixteen-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the house's dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family and perhaps herself.


Amity by Micol Ostow (Aug 2014)
Two teens narrate the terrifing days and nights they spend living in a house of horros.


And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (Sept 2016)
Sisters Silla, seventeen, and Nori, four, are trapped in their aunt's cursed manor and can only escape with the help of a mysterious boy.

Children 

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Sept 2016)
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis - and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new home is haunted, and Maya sets her heart on meeting a ghost.


Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki (Aug 2016)
A house with an eerie past lures in and traps five children who must uncover clues to the house's history in order to escape.


A little boy explores his house to learn the scientific reasons why his house makes spooky sounds.


At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman (Aug 2014)
While trick-or-treating at the old haunted house on the hill, three children discover the many creatures that call it home, including goblins, vampires, and ghosts.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Downloadable Entertainment

You've gotten home on Friday night, ready for a nice, relaxing weekend, when all of a sudden, it hits you: you finished your book and you don't have another one! What's a librarian to do?! Luckily, you don't have to suffer a weekend of boredom as long as you have a reliable internet connection. No, we don't mean surfing the web. We mean Downloadable Entertainment from your library!

Of course, not all of these services are available at all locations, but if your local library doesn't offer it, take a peek at what your county or state capital library has. I don't know about every state, but I do know that, in many places, you can often get a free e-card and use it to access online amenities from home.
 

 

 

 

OverDrive

Ah, yes, the OverDrive Media Console. In many cases, this was a librarian's first look at ebooks, but things have changed a bit over the years. In case you're unfamiliar, OverDrive is a library-funded service that lets you download ebooks, periodicals, and audio books, and stream video to your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Pros: 
  • Smartphone, tablet, and computer apps (available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows phone) for easy downloading. Seriously, I've gotten so good at this that I can find and start downloading an audio book for my commute while I'm brushing my teeth.
  • The app is also super searchable and browsable - you can limit by genre, reading level, language, and also limit to what's currently available.
  • A very friendly website. Plug in what you like, and it will help you find books and videos that you're interested in. It also gives recommendations based on what you've read or looked at before. (The website also has a detailed "Help" section, with videos.)
  • Integration: Did you know that you can actually connect your Facebook account and your GoodReads account with your OverDrive account? It will link together all the libraries for which you have a card (for me, this is the library in which I work; the library in the town where I live; and the state library), and you can see all the items that are available at each location, and all the devices in which your account has been used.
  • You can now suspend your holds! This is a big, big plus for people who either have several books checked out (sometimes everything comes in all at once and you know that you can't finish them all within two weeks), or you might be unavailable during a certain time period. Don't lose your place in line, but don't lose your chance to read the book if it comes too soon, either!
  • You can renew select titles! If nobody is in line for a book, OverDrive will let you renew a title (if it's not available, it will put the book on hold for you). When you renew/re-download a title that you've had before, guess what - it picks up right where you left off! Bookmarks and last page read remain unaffected. 
  • OverDrive will send you an email and let you know when a book you have on hold is ready for you. Of course, this is only helpful if you check your email. OR! You can have OverDrive automatically check the book out when it's your turn! Bonus - as long as you can get the book read in your two-week window.
  • Download it, or stream it online. This works for both audio books and video content. You can use your computer, or a tablet or smartphone (Apple iOS or Android, only).
Cons:
  • Sometimes that book that you're dying to read has a waiting list, and because everyone with a library card has as much right to read it as you do (in your whole network, no less), there can sometimes be quite a wait. (But it'll email you when it's your turn, which is nice.) 
  •  A finite number of titles you can have at any one time. This isn't really too much of a con, though, because even in the small network in which I work, you can get 3 titles at a time, and as soon as you return one, you can get another. (I usually have an audio book, an ebook, and a backup for whichever of those I'm closest to finishing. But, again, some people have multiple library cards, which means even higher limits.)
  • Not that this comes up much anymore, but... Downloading to non-tablet devices can be a pain. So you want to read that book on your Nook ereader? You first have to download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer, then download the book, then plug in the device to the computer and upload the book into the ereader. It's not that hard to do, but it's very hard to explain to someone who just got a device for the first time and isn't really tech-savvy. (That said, the troubleshooting section of the website is excellent.)

 

 

 

 

 

Hoopla 

Hoopla is your best friend when you want streaming videos but don't want to pay for cable or subscribe to a service. They have audio books, movies, television shows, comics, music, and ebooks. You create an account with your library card, but then log in using your email and password. Borrowers can enjoy several free titles a month (the number varies depending on your library's subscription, but is often around 8 titles per patron per month). Simply stream online or download to your device.
Pros:
  • Free! No strings attached!
  • Nothing to download, if you don't want to. If storage is at a premium, you're in luck: you can stream this media, so it won't take up space on your device. If you want to download and take it on the go, you can do that, too - simply download the app.
  • New, popular items. No, really! They update their catalog weekly.
  • No waiting! Seriously. You can get the Hamilton soundtrack, or The Girl on the Train without having to worry about digital rights and the fact that there's only one copy available - thanks to simultaneous usage, everyone who wants it can use it right now.
  • Another easily browsable website, and a great free app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
Cons:
  • Limited - You only get a finite number of titles a month, and that counts full movies, full audio books, and full music albums (even ones with multiple discs). BUT - each episode of a tv show counts as a single use, so don't dream of marathoning Downton Abbey just yet.
  • Streaming. Streaming is awesome, right? There's nothing to download! Unless you're listening to an audio book and they decide to retire it and rotate the collection. Those books can be many, many hours long. The good news is, you get a full 21 days to listen to them, which is great, if you're in a listening mood! 
  • Also, streaming means that you need a reliable internet connection, or you're going to use a lot of data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freegal

Freegal (the name is a combination of "free" and "legal") is the music service you've been waiting for. All you need to do is log in with your library card and PIN, and you've got access to over 11 million songs and 15,000 music videos. (Some libraries have Freegal's streaming music service, and others only have the downloadable music option - check with your library to see what's available to you.) Freegal works with Sony Music, in order to provide access to some quality artists. Some libraries have even suspended adding to their CD collections, opting instead to subscribe to Freegal. You can download a set number (which varies per library, but usually around 3) songs per week, and you can also stream music (though there is a limited time per week that you can stream - our local library allows 3 hours of streaming per day, which is pretty nice).
Pros:
  • You can keep the music! Once a song is downloaded, it is yours to listen to, burn to a CD, or add to a player.
  • Yes, there's an app for that. The Freegal app is available on Apple, Android, and even in the Amazon store if you have a Kindle Fire.
  •  No ads! Other live-streaming music services, like Spotify or Pandora, will either require a monthly fee, or sporadically play ads between songs.
Cons:
  • Limited usage. You can get only a limited number of songs per week. Songs, not albums. Choose wisely. 
  • If you download a music video, that counts as two songs. Be aware.
  • Limited variety. Yes, there is lots to choose from, and there's some really great stuff in there, but you might not find the exact song you're dreaming of.

 

 

 

 

 

Zinio

Do you like magazines? Have we got an app for you!  Zinio (billed as "The world's largest newsstand") is available for libraries, and let me tell you, I really enjoy this one. Each magazine has full-color spreads, which you can read online or download to a tablet.
Pros:
  • New content and back-issues! Download with a click, and enjoy.
  • Keep your older issues as long as you want them. If you have the storage, you can keep them forever.
  • A wide selection of magazines. Zinio offers titles from Highlights to Forbes, ESPN to Good Housekeeping. My library recently got Zinio with a pre-selected assortment of titles, and I am still amazed at the titles that are offered. Included are big names like National Geographic and Martha Stewart Living, and also niche publications like Golf Digest and Vegetarian Times. There are titles for kids, too! The specific magazines available will depend on your library's subscription.
  • No limits - download as many as you want!
  • Email notifications - get a message as soon as a new issue is out.
  • Fully searchable. Not only can you search for keyword or title, but you can actually search the articles inside each publication. DUDE.
Cons:
  • Zinio also has a website where you can purchase content, which can be confusing when you're first trying to look through it. (But it's ok - you don't need to spend a dime. Just make sure you login through your library and not zinio.com.)

Online Classes

If you're thinking of spending a little more time working on something - and maybe getting a little more out of your time than just temporary entertainment - consider taking an online class. Many libraries have subscriptions to systems such as:
  • Mango Languages - Have you ever wanted to learn a language but you didn't have time or money to take a class, and Rosetta Stone is just way too expensive? Check out Mango Languages. They have 72 languages to choose from, and a great smartphone/tablet app that tracks your progress. There's even a version just for children.
  • Gale Courses - These are 6-week online courses that are taught by industry professionals in a variety of topics, for all ages. From "Introduction to Guitar" to "Project Management Fundamentals," they've got you covered. You even get an Award of Completion when you finish a course, so you can prove that, "yes, I've taken a class on that."
  • Lynda.com - Lynda.com is affiliated with LinkedIn, and has about 1500 courses to choose from, all of which are on-demand (no waiting for the next class session to start). The website will also give you recommended Learning Paths, so that if you're interested in, say, becoming a graphic designer, it will set out which classes will be helpful for you to achieve that goal.  This has a more professional slant than Gale Courses does, and focuses more on skills that will help you in a career, than just ones that you do for fun. Still, though - why wait to learn a new skill?

Still Bored?

We hope not. There are lots of options out there to choose from. Did we forget one of your favorite donwloadable entertainments? Please let us know in the comments here, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

Friday, September 2, 2016

#LibraryHappinessIs Winning $100!


#LibraryHappinessIs a chance to win $100 and a Sally READ poster!

ALA is running a fun campaign during library card sign-up month. From now until noon September 22nd, patrons and librarians are encouraged to share what library happiness means to them on Twitter, Instagram, or the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Tweet, post a photo, or make a short video and use the hashtag #LibraryHappinessIs. One random winner will be selected at the end of the month!



And if you aren't already participating in September's Library Card Sign-Up month, head on over to ALA's official page. Snoopy is the official spokesdog and they have lots of free goodies for you to use!


  • Social Media Images and Cover Art
  • Downloadable Flyers
  • Sample Press Release
  • Sample PSA Scripts
  • Free artwork for library cards
  • Free artwork for billboards
  • 2 Free webinars: How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library-Card Sign-Up Campaign 
  • Free webinar: Using Door-to-door Marketing for Library Card Sign-ups

Let's all participate in the fun! How wonderful would it be to see Instagram and Twitter trending with #LibraryHappinessIs? For us, that'd be just as awesome as winning the grand prize. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Year Two in Review: The Best of the Best Posts

Happy two years, 5 Minute Librarian readers!



What an adventure these two years have been! It has been our pleasure to write for you and we learned so much along the way. Our greatest achievement this year was the spin-off blog, Spoilers, Sweetie, which we couldn't have done without so many librarians volunteering their time! But that isn't all that we covered. We are excited to share below a list of our top posts since last August!

10 Insider Secrets Librarians Only Tell Their Friends

Our most popular post yet with over 18,000 views! Who knew that librarians were holding so much back from their patrons? ;-)

31 Days of Instagram Challenge

Our most exciting post with over 200 libraries participating on Instagram. Just check out the #5minlibchallenge in Instagram to see what everyone did! We can't wait to reveal our next 31 Days Challenge next month! (To see some of our favorite IG images, check out this post: http://www.5minlib.com/2015/11/20-favorite-pics-from-ig-challenge.html)

What You Can Do to Combat Librarian Burnout

Burnout is very real, folks, most especially in this profession. Kat shares some tips that helps her keep burnout at bay.

Top Ways to Advertise Your Library Programs - Part 1

You have an awesome program, now how to do you get the word out to your patrons?

Canva for Work - Free for Libraries!

We love Canva! We love free! If you make flyers/promotional materials for your library, you need to check out this post.

8 Simple Photography Tricks Every Librarian Should Know

Jess shares some tips from a real photographer that'll up your photography game in little time!

Top 15 IFTTT Recipes to Save You Time

Because we all could use more time in the day!

Disruptive Teen Patrons: 7 Strategies to Regain Order, Authority, and Your Sanity

Tips that should be useful when working with teens, or any disruptive patron!

The Ultimate Book Awards Calendar

More awards than you ever knew about, divided by age (Adult, Teen, and Children) as well as by month. Handy!

Copyright in Social Media: Guidelines for a Messy Virtual World

Is it okay to repost that comic on Facebook? Kat dives in deep in the world of copyright for social media.


Introducing Spoilers, Sweetie!

Our proudest moment! We started a spin-off blog to help you "read" more award winning books, especially the ones you aren't interested in but should know about.

Patrons Under the Influence of Drugs: What Libraries Can Do About It

There's a big opioid epidemic here in the United States. Be educated and prepared, in case anything happens in your library. With 78 people dying from overdoses every day, the question isn't "if" but "when".

Spotlight on Diversity: Are Your Library Shelves White-Washed?

A list of ways to make sure your collection is diverse.

Ready to Go Book Display: LGBT Pride Month

Allie created a stellar list of LGBT titles for your displays!

Ready to Go Book Display: Star Wars Reads Day

Star Wars Day is an annual event. Be ready for next year's display with these great titles!

Ready to Go Display: We Need Diverse Books

Are you looking for great books to bring diversity to your shelves? Check out this list of titles!


Thank you for following us, commenting, and sharing our content. If there is anything you'd love us to write more about, please let us know in the comments or on Twitter @5minlib.  Here's to another great year!

-Jess, Kat, and Allie

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ready to Go Display: Serial Killers

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group (Adults, Teens, and Children) that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. August is my birthday month us I'm going to focus on a topic I find interesting to read - Serial Killers.

Adult
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (Aug 2015)
Rendered famous as the only survivor of a serial killer 20 years earlier, Tessa discovers clues that the wrong person was convicted and that the true killer is preparing to finish what he started.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (July 2004)
Hiding a secret life as an assassin while working as a murder analyst for the Miami police, Dexter Morgan is intrigued by the work of a new serial killer whose style mimics his own and who Morgan realizes is inviting him into a deadly competition.


The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley (Jan 2012)
Author Pete Earley tells the true story of a young man who suffers a traumatic brain injury that renders him incapable of judging or feeling repulsion, and subsequently becomes the most trusted confidant of numerous imprisoned serial killers.


Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Nov 2015)
This graphic novel presents the ultimate insider's account of America's most prolific serial killer - the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women.


Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope (Jun 2016)
Working for the FBI as a tracker who uses his unique form of synesthesia to trail suspects, Magnus "Steps" Craig recognizes common hallmarks from two murder scenes at the same time he is targets by a kill he has been pursuing for more than a decade.


The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (20th Anniversary Ed. - Sept 2000)
From the perspective of the former policewoman, crime writer, and unknowing personal friend, tells the story of Ted Bundy, a brilliant law student executed for killing three women, who confessed to killing thirty-five others.
Teen

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross (Mar 2015)
Two sisters, one living in the Shadow Lands - the realm of the dead - and one in the land of the living, are called upon to try and save a boy and his friends who have been marked for death by a long-dead serial killer.


I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Apr 2012)
Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his father, but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov 2013)
Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.


Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell (Apr 2014)
Kit, a seventeen-year-old moral nihilist serial killer, chooses who to kill based on anonymous letters left in a secret mailbox, while simultaneously maintaining a close relationship with the young detective in charge of the murder cases.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Sept 2011)
Rory, of Benouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (Apr 2016)
Consumed by questions about a fateful, ghostly night that resulted in a cousin's demise, a death-row conviction and her move to a distant town, Tessa reunites with childhood friend Callie to confront the demons of their shared past and uncover a haunting truth.

Female Serial Killers by Don Rauf (Jan 2016)
Presents an in-depth approach to evaluating the life and crimes of some of the world's most vicious women, including Lady Elizabeth Bathory, Bell Gunness, and Aileen Wuornos. Other titles in the Psychology of Serial Killers series include: Historical Serial Killers, Cannibal Serial Killers, Medical Serial Killers, and Modern-Day Serial Killers.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Mar 2016)
During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family's financial woes, her father's absence, and her brother's growing violence.


The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison (Jul 2016)
A girl's unsettling connection with a serial killer leads her on a potentially deadly manhunt.


Friday, August 12, 2016

50+ Popular Programming for Adults



So, you're planning programming for the adults in your library and you're looking to change it up? From time to time, this question is posed on the awesome Programming Librarian Interest Group and librarians respond with lots of great possibilities. I thought I'd compile a list and share. Perhaps some of these ideas might work for your library?

Local

1. Local History Talks/Presentations
2. Local History Walk
3. Genealogy

DIY Crafts

1. Paper Making
2. Stab Binding Books
3. Christmas Ornaments
4. Shibori Scarves
5. Water Color Scarves
6. Soy Candles 
7. Glycerin Soap 
8. Beading
9. Altered Books

Technology

1. Digital Photography Classes
2. How to Use Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/Snapchat, etc. 
3. iPhoneography (taking and editing pics with iPhone)
4. Intro to Windows 10

Food

1. Cookbook Club
2. Cooking Classes
3. Soup Night / Pie Night (patrons bring in food to share)
4. Rose Hip Jelly Making
5. Downton Abbey Tea
6. Wine Tasting
7. Edible Book Contest

Presenters

1. Paranormal/Haunted Presentations
2. Pet Psychic
3. Professional Headshots for Facebook Profiles
4. Discovering New England Stone Walls
5. Falconry
6. Beekeeping and Honey Tasting
7. Yoga
8. Meditation
9. Veteran Author Talks
10. Living History Performances and Re-enacting

Educational

1. Car Seat Safety Program
2. Business Networking/Speed Networking
3. Job Prep (Resume writing, Mock interviews)
4. DIY Home Repair
5. Pearl Harbor (75th anniversary in December)
6. Show Great Courses Lectures 
7. Interior Design
8. Travel on a Budget
9. Identity Theft
10. Etsy/eBay
11. DIY Bike Repair

Gardening

1. Gardening Presentations
2. Plant Swap
3. DIY Terrarium

Writing

1. Publishing Your Writing
2. Writing Memoirs
3. Open Mic Nights

Fun / Entertainment

1. Family Movie Nights
2. Star Trek Program (50th Anniversary is coming soon)
3. Introduction to Drones 
4. Bridge
5. Collectibles & Antiques
6. Plan the Perfect Staycation
7. Mah Jongg
8. Couponning
9. Coloring Books
10. Chinese New Year

Places for Partnerships

If you are looking to increase your attendance numbers, partnerships are a great way to do so:

  • America Red Cross (for blood drives hosted at libraries)
  • Local Senior Center
  • Local Historical Society
  • Local University (The outreach office may have someone willing to do social media programs)
  • Local Stores (Drones, DIY Home Repairs/Renovations)

Additional Reading

Want more ideas? Check out:


List Source

The list above was pulled from these discussions: Discussion #1 and Discussion #2. You need to be a member of the Programming Facebook Group to be able to read them. Thanks to all of the librarians who shared their wisdom!