Developing Irresistible Teen Programs

January 14, 2015

In this webcast, teen programming expert Sarah Flowers discusses approaches and ideas for drawing teens into your library.

Developing compelling teen programs can be tricky, whether you have limited staff and little-to-no funding or are simply looking for fresh ideas. In this webinar, we’ll discuss just what it takes, including budgeting and planning, marketing and publicity, post-event evaluations and much more. You’ll learn best practices from other libraries, see creative examples of passive and non-passive programs that have worked well, and discover new resources you can use in your own library.

We will discuss:

  1. What do teens want in a program?
  2. Planning for programs: space, equipment, staff and more
  3. Budgeting and finding new funds
  4. Passive programs: why and how?
  5. Promoting events, including leveraging social media and word of mouth


Sarah Flowers

Sarah Flowers

Sarah has worked in California public libraries for over 20 years, including 5 years as a Library Consultant. She is active with the American Library Association (ALA) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and was the 2011-2012 President of YALSA. She is also the author of numerous articles and reviews for library journals, as well as the author of Young Adults Deserve the Best and Evaluating Teen Services and Programs. She teaches a course on teen services for California’s Infopeople Project and presents workshops and webinars on teen services.


Susan Brackney

Susan Brackney

Susan is the former Director of Content and Marketing at Evanced. In this role, she worked hard to help public and academic library professionals share their best practices around event management, reader engagement and more.