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Percy Jackson Party

Photograph of a statue of Poseidon against a blue sky.

In honor of the release of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" television show, our Percy Jackson Party was a celebration of Rick Riordan's best-selling book series. Heroes united at Camp Half Blood by snacking on Greek food and blue snacks, participating in a Greek God costume contest, doing a Greek mythology scavenger hunt and making fun book-related crafts.

Event Planning ≠ Program Planning: Teaching Event-Planning Skills

Illustration of a group of people stand near big calendar, watches, document.

When you set out to plan a new program for your library, you likely think about content first. What information will you cover? What will the program be named? What are your goals, and how will you achieve them based on your budget and resources? This is the process we have come to know as “program planning.”

Tiny Library, Big Carnival

Sign for the Meservey Carnival

When I started as library director in the tiny town of Meservey, I never thought we would be able to pull off large-scale programs like libraries in big cities did. Those types of programs aren’t in our budget, and it’s hard enough getting good attendance at our smaller events. The payoff, I figured, probably wouldn’t be worth all of the money and time spent. 

I am thrilled to admit that I was wrong, and that tiny libraries like mine can, in fact, have big events that are just as successful as a library 10 times their size.

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