When you hear “library Halloween programs” you probably think of a Trick-Or-Treat story time or a teen Halloween party. But adults can enjoy Halloween programs as well. With the right partners, Halloween programs can be affordable, educational and entertaining for adult library users. We hold many of the programs on weekends or in the evening so working adults can attend.
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Please note: This grant opportunity ended as of Sept. 15, 2015. Two additional rounds of Great Stories Club grants will be awarded in 2016 and 2017. Check ProgrammingLibrarian.org for details.
ALA’s Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens.
This program focused on blending traditional resources from the special collection with modern technology to educate students about their city. Students worked with physical maps to locate themselves and their stories within Nashville, then used Google Maps to digitally combine all their stories on one map. Students used oral histories from the library’s collection to map narratives of other Nashvillians.
The Librarygame project teaches fifth graders the concepts of storytelling, technology and project management through the creation of video games. The program is a collaboration between Sacramento Public Library and local Title I schools, many of which lack the funds to hold this type of program without a partner.
Our library collaborated with local author Brandy Bonner on a Saturday afternoon program on vision boarding.
Vision boards are tools — created with images or words on a cork board or poster board — that help people visualize their intentions, what they want to do or achieve. By placing your vision board where you can frequently see it, you are reminded of your intentions and subconsciously make your vision a reality.
As the days get longer, the time you must wait until the ALA Annual Conference is getting shorter. While headliners like Michelle Obama and Viola Davis may be excitement enough, there will be plenty of can't-miss sessions related to programming, too.
Check out some of our favorites below. Have other suggestions? Share them in the comments.
* indicates the session is recommended for rural libraries