Programming

  • Community Engagement: Redefining the Library as Town Square

    Libraries are evolving, leaning outside of our walls, connecting with our communities in new and powerful ways. Defining our "why" requires understanding how to shift our focus from books to people. Our purpose is to support people and thei...

  • Journal of Collaborative Librarianship - Libraries and the Opioid Response

    The first in a series of two articles was published in Collaborative Librarianship, with an introduction to the project research. The article is available for review and download.

    The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic. As communit...

  • Resources to Encourage Reading with The Library 100 List

    Last month, OCLC published a great list based on our own original research: The Library 100—Top Novels of All Time. It's a list of the novels that more libraries have on their shelves than any others.

    The research was based on holdings infor...

  • Launch into STAR Net's 'Summer of Space'

    Summer is fast approaching, and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the STAR Library Network's NASA@ My Library initiative, and NASA are working together to create a fun and engaging summer learning program for your library. From excitin...

  • Data Can Help You Tell Your Storytime Success

    Assessment can be time consuming, intimidating, stress inducing, and just overwhelming. Where do you even begin? What do you do with the data? In the recent webinar,

  • Tapping Your Team Talents

    Elizabeth Koenig and the team at Everett Public Library are passionate about bringing fun, creative programming to their community. Many of their best ideas come from tapping into their own team's special talents and hobbies. We asked Elizabeth and h...

  • Not Just Deodorant: Teen Hygiene Health Center at the Rockwood Makerspace

    Judith Guzman-Montes, Bilingual Makerspace Library Assistant, at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, created a Teen Hygiene Health Center in the restroom of the Rockwood makerspace to serve the needs of teens visiting the library. Judit...

  • Fortnite "In Real Life" at the Emporia Public Library

    More and more libraries are hosting programs that bring people of all ages together for "in real life" or IRL interaction. Building on the popularity of online gaming, these events can help get people off the couch and their screens, provid...

  • Return to the Real: The Library as Social Connector

    Slides and related resources for a session presented at the 2019 ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle, by Betha Gutsche and Jennifer Peterson.

    Studies show an increase in loneliness and depression because of too much time spent online. Communit...

  • Free Resources from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net)

    Explore new ways to bring science, technology, and fun into your programs and services with the STAR Library Network (STAR Net). Help us build on the successes (and challenges) of the 2017 solar eclipse by joining this vibrant – FREE! – network for l...