Programming

  • Next Chapter Book Club: Where Reading is for Everyone

    Through the Next Chapter Book Club, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are finding a unique opportunity to engage in literacy, socialize and hang out in a community setting - all through the power of books and reading. Program fa...

  • How Pie and Bingo was Born

    This is the first in a new series on WebJunction published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting innovative programming from member libraries serving small and rural communities. Thanks to our first ...

  • Bookmobiles that Break the Mold

    Bookmobiles, or mobile libraries, have been around since the 19 th century, when they were horse-drawn wagons bringing books to rural communities. Government funding in the 1950s and 60s created a bookmobile surge, and popularity has risen ...

  • How Maryland Libraries Are Using Virtual and Augmented Reality (and How Your Library Can Too)

    When Jennifer Bishop and Liz Sundermann-Zinger brought virtual reality (VR) to their library users, they were wading into new territory. Sundermann-Zinger was the Data, Communication, and Services Coordinator for the Maryland State Library when she d...

  • Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

    For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers ...

  • Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

    The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to s...

  • Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities

    Libraries have long supported patrons who want to improve their health by providing access to books on health-related topics, online medical databases such as PubMed, and even cookbooks that support healthy eating. Those core services continue today,...

  • Best Board Games of 2017

    I fully expect that the flood of amazing games is going to slow down eventually. To abate somewhat. Maybe even decline. Yet, every year ends up being as amazing as the previous. Until I looked back, I thought 2017 was a fairly average year. For gamin...

  • A Spark of Inspiration Creates Community Engagement

    Ashe County Public Library's Involving Books launched in spring 2017 and for two months, the library ran a series of programs and events connected to the theme of supporting the local economy and healthy eating. The first book selected for the progra...

  • Library Offers Training to Enhance Job-Readiness in the Community

    In 2016, Berkeley County in South Carolina was seeing an increase in businesses opening or moving to the area, bringing new job opportunities for community members. The Berkeley County Library System, along with their partners with the local school d...