Programming

  • Two Opportunities to Develop Tech Skills with Geek Squad Academy and Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

    Scientific discovery and technological innovation play a major role in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. By expanding participation in STEM education, libraries are helping to prepare the next generations to meet these challenges.

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  • Civil Legal Aid Program at the Cleveland Public Library Meets Local Needs

    The Cleveland Public Library and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland had been working in partnership for years, offering several legal aid workshops on general topics that were open to the public. But Aaron Mason, the library's Assistant Director, Out...

  • STEM Learning Opportunities Available Through the STAR Library Network

    Looking to bring STEM programming and activities to your library? Opportunities are available through the STAR Library Network which include a new exhibit on exoplanets that is funded by NASA's Universe of Learning program. There is also an upcoming ...

  • Lawyers in Libraries: Meeting Local Needs at the Jacksonville Public Library

    The Jacksonville Public Library in northeast Florida consists of 21 locations and a library staff ready and willing to connect their community to the resources they need – including support with civil legal issues. In 2014, Lisa Buggs, Coordinator of...

  • Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

    As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...

  • Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

    Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

  • Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: a Town Hall Summary

    The opioid overdose and addiction crisis is crashing through American cities and towns. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, now kill 91 people each day and the number of opioid associated deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999.

  • Shoestring Digital Media Lab: How one little underfunded library made it happen

    The year was 2012 and several large public libraries were pioneering high-tech digital medial labs as an innovative approach to engaging a diverse audience of teens. Tameca Beckett attended PLA in Philadelphia as the Youth Services Librarian for Laur...

  • Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

    On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and ...

  • 'Virtual Story Time' Offers a New Way to Experience Books


    Story time is a popular tradition at public libraries throughout the country, but story time events at the Tennessee State Library and Archives have a special twist: instead of performing with groups of eager children crowded at her feet, the li...