The learning and training programming resources listed on this page are useful for beginners and more experienced staff. Public Libraries are seeing large growth in customers attending programs and in order to ensure staff develop the necessary skills for excellent service delivery, it’s critical to offer opportunities to learn about the interesting and varied facets of library programming. There are many more tools and guides available so we will regularly update this page.
From American Libraries, stories and articles about programming.
Programming staff will find an exhaustive collection of ideas, social media groups, information, online articles, and program planning for all age groups. The resources focus on maker spaces, programs for seniors and how to develop programs on a low-cost budget.
Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events – A complete list of all ALA celebrations and promotions—from National Library Week to Banned Books Week. Information is provided on how to get your library involved!
Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) – Information and resources on current year and past summer reading programs designed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Early literacy, children, teen, and adult programming resources available.
Guidelines for Library Services with 60+ Audience: Best Practices – These updated best practices reflect basic principles in library services for the 60+ population that include embracing and encouraging diversity and variety and flexibility in planning collections, programs, and services.
Library Program Ideas for Adults – Pinterest board with hundreds of adult programming ideas.
Programming & Exhibitions – The ALA Programming website provides information about current grant and exhibition opportunities, resources from past programs, and free webinars.
Public Libraries Online – Senior Programs – Public Libraries Online, a publication of PLA, allows you to search for the senior programming tag throughout all past issues.
A complete online guide designed to provide librarians with programming ideas, information and resources. Resources include ideas for children’s, teen and adult programs. From book clubs to maker spaces, these resources will provide libraries of all sizes with creative ways to develop programs.
We are youth services librarians and staff in public and school libraries, library school students, and others interested in the field of youth services librarianship. We review books for youth, network, host events, collaborate and problem solve, participate in professional development, keep abreast of trends in the field, and work together to build the future of library service to children.
Programming Ideas – Creative and exciting ideas for Do-It-Yourself programming, passive programming, craft and game resources
Read-Alikes – Children’s library staff members are often called upon to do readers’ advisory – offering reading selections to a young person based on that person’s interests. Many times a reader will offer the title of a favorite book, and want similar books, which we call Read-Alikes.
Storytime Ideas – Get inspired and discover suggested books, activities, and crafts with hundreds of thematic storytime ideas.
Blogs are an effective way for library staff to learn more about programming issues and to get new ideas.
As a programming librarian, it can be hard to consistently provide creative, original ideas for your patrons (you can only host so many book talks, right?). But there’s a simple solution for librarians seeking support and inspiration: the blogosphere.
The Programming Librarian, reviewed several programming blogs. For the complete post, click here.
Information on how to start your own Girls Who Code Club including how to apply.
Lindsey and Dana, are the two children’s librarians who created Jbrary. Jbrary started as a class project for one of their MLIS courses, and has since grown into a blog and YouTube channel used to participate in the virtual youth services world.
Professional Development – Lindsey and Dana’s links to library programming topics.
YouTube Playlists – All of the songs are organized into thematic lists and featured in alphabetical order. These lists range from the very general (Preschool Storytime) to the very specific (Transportation Storytime).
A comprehensive collection of articles and blogs about makerspaces with a focus on their importance in libraries.
If you’re a beginning coder yourself or interested in helping move the coding program along in your library, check out this Resource Guide from littleBits and School Library Journal.
Resources to help librarians successfully integrate makerspaces and making, tinkering and DIY programming in their libraries. Links include A Guide for Womein in STEM, STEM in Libraries, and blogs about implementing makerspaces in your library.
Articles and blogs focus on how to start and run maker spaces in schools and libraries. Also included are projects and activities.
Practical ideas on how to implement coding clubs at your library.
ProgrammingLibrarian.org is run by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, which empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning, conversation, and connection in communities of all types. Upcoming learning events and past webinars are free.
Browse Ideas – Program ideas are organized by budget, library type, topic and audience.
Learning Opportunities – Upcoming training events and past webinars.
Program Models – You can filter your search by Library Type (e.g. Public, School, Special) and Topic (e.g. Books and Authors, Passive, STEM).
Supercharged Storytimes for All created a free and openly accessible training program that was disseminated in three key ways:
- Train-the-Trainer course (now completed) for trainers working with select state library agencies or regional networks. Access the Supercharged Toolkit for Trainers.
- Self-paced, Online Course open to all library practitioners! (Please share course information postcard, PDF)
- Supercharged Storytimes Facilitator Guide can be used to facilitate any Supercharged Storytimes learning group moving through the self-paced course, and a general Facititator Guide (pdf) can be customized to learn together on any topic.
- Facilitator Training (now completed) to prepare up to 100 library staff to guide their peers through the Supercharged Storytimes materials, and to inform the widely-available facilitator guide.
Welcome to All Things STEAM, a resource for offering library programming in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
Teen Librarian Toolbox (TLT) is a professional development website for teen librarians. Their mission is to help libraries serving teens (and anyone who cares about teens) and to foster a community of professional development and resource sharing by providing quality information, discussions, book reviews and more.
Virtual programs are a valuable way to connect with our communities regardless of crisis. As libraries of all types expand their digital collections and explore virtual programming, we offer this guide as a resource to those seeking to offer or improve storytime services from afar. While this guide primarily focuses on virtual storytime, it also includes helpful resources and suggestions for other online library experiences and virtual children’s programs.
The Programming section includes webinar resources, templates, and successful strategies for planning, marketing, implementing, and evaluating your programming efforts.
A variety of webinars will get you started on programming basics. More advanced courses include designing lifelong learning events to online board games.
Older Adults & Seniors – The Older Adults & Seniors section includes lists of helpful suggestions, webinars, case studies of individual libraries, and other resources to help your library provide better services to older adults and seniors.
Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources – This article lists resources to create a makerspace and plan maker-related programming.
Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library – If the idea of a makerspace conjures up the hurdles for you (limited space, limited resources, or limited confidence in your own tech skills), this webinar will help you learn how to get started and grow a space in your library for creating. Webinar archive materials available at no cost.
Resources for STEM/STEAM Projects and Programs – A practical selection of resources to assist you to create STEM learning opportunities at your library.