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'Street Cred' Librarianship: An Interview on Forging Community Partnerships

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Sonya Durney

What does it take to host community-centric programs that are also well-attended? Sonya Durney is a librarian at Portland Public Library (PPL) in Portland, Maine. As the library’s business and government team leader, she plans programs covering entrepreneurship, politics, finance and career resources.

Women's History Month: Inspirational Book and Program Pairings

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Celebrate Women's History Month in March

Book-based programs are a timeless way to rejuvenate collections and highlight points of view that are as diverse as your patrons. With Women's History Month just around the corner, now is a good time to begin thinking about how to incorporate female voices into your programs.

Here's a starter list of sample books and complementary program ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

New Year, New You: Budget Resolutions and Programming Goals

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The new year provides a perfect starting point for a new goal. Thousands of people take this opportunity to get a fresh start for eating better, exercising more or finally organizing that giant stack of paperwork. Unfortunately, many libraries are faced with forced fiscal resolutions; shrinking budgets require librarians think creatively in trimming their budgetary waistlines.

From 'Prisoner' to 'Returning Citizen': Programs for Ex-Offenders

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Open red door

One afternoon, a man approached the information desk wearing a suit and a smile. After serving a 40-year sentence, he had been released from prison only a few weeks earlier. He had come to the library to solve a big problem: his grandchildren were making fun of him because he could not use a computer. Could we help? 

Sharing is Caring: Programs for Family Caregivers

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Couple holding handsNovember may be a time for turkey and holiday shopping, but it's also Family Caregivers Month. Many of us know someone who provides support and care for a family member with a disability. You may be that person! Now is a great time to consider how your library can offer year-round programs to assist this large and unique community.

Books, Buds and Bars: Programs for Adult Readers

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Hands holding a book

September is a big month for book lovers. Earlier this month, the Library of Congress held its National Book Festival, the biggest gathering of book nerds in the nation. Just north of Washington, DC, we're fixing up the bookmobile in preparation for authors and readers to descend upon the city and join the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival (Sept. 25 to 27).

Program Evaluations: Helpful Tool or Necessary Evil?

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Admit it: you have a love/hate relationship with all program evaluation forms. As programmers, we understand these forms' necessity in ensuring program integrity and value, but as participants, we dislike completing them. So how can we get the information we need while honoring the opinions (and time) of our program attendees?

Your Own Comic-Con: Q&A with YA Librarian Justin Switzer

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6 adults cosplaying Nick Fury, Jason Tood, Rorschach, Spiderman (symbiote costume), Spiderman, and Deadpool

Interested in hosting a comic con at your library, but unsure where to begin? In June 2015, the Enoch Pratt Free Library hosted its first Mini-Comic Con. We talked to Justin Switzer, the young adult librarian who organized the event, about the joys and challenges of putting it all together. View the event program.

Rebecca Starr: Tell me about the Mini-Comic Con's origins. What inspired you to put this together?

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