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Enhancing Library Accessibility for Older Adults in Small and Rural Communities

Though age is not a disability, many older adults experience barriers with vision, mobility, cognition and other age-related changes that directly impact their interactions with their environment. Senior patrons share what they're looking for in library accessibility upgrades.

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Building Accessibility into Community Conversations

How can your library engage populations with disabilities? Take these tips and insights to help build accessibility into community outreach and conversation programs.

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Find Joy in Nature First, Then Be Inspired to Protect It: The Blueberry Award and Children’s Earth Day Books and Programs

A lot of children’s nature literature, though well-meaning, pushes a narrative of “it’s up to you to save the world!” The librarians behind the Blueberry Award share ideas for excellent Earth Day programs and book suggestions that inspire a love for nature in young people without inciting climate anxiety or fear.

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Sorry, We Are Out of Eclipse Glasses: Libraries and the 2024 Solar Eclipse

Was your library's phone ringing off the hook on the day of the solar eclipse? Did you run out of eclipse glasses quicker than anticipated? Libraries share their solar eclipse day successes and stresses.

Enhancing Library Accessibility for Older Adults

Though age is not a disability, many older adults experience barriers with vision, mobility, cognition and other age-related changes that directly impact their interactions with their environment. Senior patrons share what they're looking for in library accessibility upgrades.

Children's Earth Day Books and Programs

A lot of children’s nature literature, though well-meaning, pushes a narrative of “it’s up to you to save the world!” The librarians behind the Blueberry Award share ideas for excellent Earth Day programs and book suggestions that inspire a love for nature in young people without inciting climate anxiety or fear.

Sorry, We Are Out of Eclipse Glasses

Was your library's phone ringing off the hook on the day of the solar eclipse? Did you run out of eclipse glasses quicker than anticipated? Libraries share their solar eclipse day successes and stresses.

Incorporate Media Literacy Teaching in Everyday Library Interactions

One of the best places to teach media literacy is at the point of need, where the users are. Most library interactions occur during the delivery of services, such as reference interviews, technology classes and interactions at the circulation desk. Consider these five ways to incorporate small lessons about media literacy into your regular services.

What Neurodivergent Patrons Want from Small and Rural Libraries

Many libraries have found that to make their libraries truly accessible spaces, they need to consider the specific concerns of neurodivergent patrons. What are the accessibility priorities of these individuals, and how can libraries address them?

Programs to Teach Adult Patrons Internet Literacy

These program ideas teach media and internet literacy skills that allow patrons to think critically about how the architecture of the internet influences what they see and do online.

Welcoming Patrons with Disabilities in Rural Libraries

Small and rural libraries provide essential services to their communities. But for the 1 in 3 adults in rural areas who live with a disability, these libraries are not always accessible. How are small and rural libraries addressing the needs of patrons with disabilities?

Our New Look

Welcome to the new (and, we think, improved) Programming Librarian! Not to worry — beyond looks, not too much has changed. Learn about a few new features here.