Published on March 12, 2014
Be Novel!: Fresh, Fearless, an d Affordable Library Programming Presented by: Sharlene Edwards Program Director, Bradley Beach Public Library
Gloom & Doom: Adventures in Library Land
The Challenges: Decrease in funding Staff reductions Cut hours Relevancy in the Digital Age
The (Happy) Facts: Public libraries served 96.4% of the total US population in 2010 58% of Americans age 16 and older have a library card 53% of Americans had visited a library or bookmobile in person in the past 12 months 62% of public libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities In 2010, public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend
Why focus on library programming? In 2010, public libraries offered 3.75 million programs to the public Of the 53% of people who visited the physical library in the past 12 months 41% attended or brought a youngster to a class, program, or event designed for children or teens 23% attended a meeting of a group to which they belong 21% Attended a class, program, or lecture for adults In 2010, attendance at children’s programs reached 60.5 million
BBPL: Overview Town pop.: 4,295 Program budget (2013): $3,833.00 Program costs (2013): $3,668.00 Speakers: $645.00 Supplies: $3,023.00 # of programs per year (2013): 581 Program attendance (2013): 4,104
Partnerships & Collaboration How to Make Your Library Invaluable The Benefits: Increased visibility Split costs Proof of worth Who to partner with? The schools Town departments (Chamber of Commerce, Recreation, Tourism, etc.) Local organizations (Historical Society, Senior Citizen groups, Arts Council, etc.) Local businesses Other libraries!
Summer Reading…and so much more! The Collaborative Summer Library Program Ann Arbor District Library: The Summer Game Bradley Beach & Beyond
Historical Walk Historical Walk Brochure 3rd Edition Creating Your Own Unique Digital Content South Orange Public Library: Local History Wiki Neenah Public Library: Local History Digital Collection Future projects: Self-guided walking tour with accompanying audio track
Thank You, Neighbor! Good Neighbor Day Sept. 28th Foster a sense of community pride Promote volunteer work and contributions to the community Foster good will towards the library and one another Nomination forms
Honorable Mentions Art show – cultural enrichment Quidditch – sports at the library! Town-wide Scavenger Hunt – town exploration Life-size Candy Land – good, clean, nostalgic fun
My Best Worst Ideas The How-To Club for Kids Encourage middle school kids to learn new skills and explore new hobbies The Sunshine Project Facilitate projects to benefit local charities Life-Size Battleship Family Feud
The Takeaways Just Do It! Beg & Borrow …& Steal (each other's ideas!) Give back Go big and then go bigger
Neat resources to know about Programming Librarian Library Journal- Programs that Pop The State of America’s Libraries 2013 Report Pew Research Center ALA’s Libraries Matter Portal ALA’s Transforming Libraries
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