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A group of kids outdoors standing around a plant
A group of kids outdoors standing around a plant

A Free Library of Philadelphia branch hosts a kids' gardening program as part of the system's Community-Centered Libraries initiative.

Painted rocks displayed on a table
Painted rocks displayed on a table
Blog by Jenn Carson

Haven't heard of the craze for painting and hiding rocks? You might be living under, well … a boulder.

Three people standing behind a table with food to prepare
Three people standing behind a table with food to prepare
in Program Models

Books & Bites starts with a book or TV show and looks at the history that surrounds it — with food.

A young patron uses a hot plate to melt crayons while coloring at the Griswold Public Library.
A young patron uses a hot plate to melt crayons while coloring at the Griswold Public Library.

Griswold Public Library — a small library — wanted a makerspace. They ended up making two.

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Hand holding a lightbulb against a pink and blue sky

From the old faithfuls to the less obvious, here's a list of spots to hit up when you need program ideas.

Adult/teen librarian Claire Hand
Adult/teen librarian Claire Hand

A Free Library of Philadelphia librarian shares how community engagement training helped her learn to ignite lasting partner relationships.

A financial literacy program for Burmese speakers at Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library
A financial literacy program for Burmese speakers at Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library
in News

More than half of new Americans use a public library more than once a week. How can we help them thrive?

Group of bicyclists in front of building
Group of bicyclists in front of building
Blog by Noah Lenstra

Move a little, learn a little. Libraries are embracing programs that combine biking and local history.