Adult Engagement Calendars: May/June 2016
WOW! Thank you all for the appreciative comments and responses to the March and April programming calendars. I was truly delighted at the level of interest shown, as well as the creative use of the calendars. One librarian shared that they “used the calendars as a springboard for sending out a daily e-mail” with the tagline “Today is . . . .” and have gotten positive feedback on this approach. Another commented about wanting to put the calendars on their library’s website. I am thrilled you are using them in ways that work best for your library and community.
As I write this (on 3/25/16), I’m conducting a survey of librarians to learn more about where you gather ideas for adult programming and your considerations for implementing new programs. Here are the early results to the query “Choose your top 3 resources you most rely upon when searching out new programming ideas”:
- 27% mostly evaluate things that “come my way”
- 27% use blogs and social media
- 21% conduct periodic searches of other library websites
- 10% tap into consortiums, networking and professional groups
- 8% survey their community members
- 6% look to conferences
Looking at these responses, I realized Demco is pulling together your top 3 resources into one spot: ideas.demco.com, delivering ideas and content to you via a blog that often showcases programs done by other libraries to serve as inspiration. Hopefully we’re making your job a bit easier and saving you that precious and always elusive thing called time.
Just this week, I had the pleasure of receiving a tour of Northbrook Public Library from Executive Director Kate Hall, during which she shared a new themed programming concept they are trying, declaring April ’80’s Month. All month there are ’80s-themed programs planned for all ages, from preschoolers to adults, including intergenerational programs. The library has also recently been approved to host monthly TEDx events, where they focus on a different topic and watch inspiring talks from a variety of disciplines followed by group discussion. Their Books on Tap program is gaining a loyal following at a local pub and has successfully engaged adults of all ages, including the male contingent, who are notoriously challenging to engage. I encourage you to visit Northbrook Public Library’s newly updated website and read their newsletter for more inspiration; you’ll find a lot.
May and June calendars are available for download. Keep me posted on how they’re working for you and share your ideas for improvement.