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Library program ideas for adults are everywhere! Look around your library and your community for inspiration. Some people may do programs at no cost but the library should be prepared to at least offer a small honorarium or a contribution to their organization

MHLS Resources

Community Resources

These community organizations may offer outreach speakers. (This is not a complete list, but a start to inspire further exploration.)

Other idea sources


  • Article about dealing with "free" library programs offered by local business people. Written by Debra Shon (PPL staff) in Public Libraries, Nov./Dec. 2006 How Will This Serve the Community (Find article in HomeAccess)
  • Cultivating Adult Programs (Jennifer Johnston)
  • Local issues forums
    • Be sure to include panel members who represent all sides of local issues.
  • Local media resources
    • Read local papers and listen to radio/TV to identify people who do programs for other organizations. Ask same person or find another person to duplicate same type of program.
  • New residents
    • Offer programs that acquaint new residents with community resources, including library.
  • Patrons and staff as potential program presenters
    • Observe patrons who ask questions or borrow materials on specific subjects, determine their level of expertise and ask them to present programs on those topics.
    • Tap staff with specific skills/hobbies. (Be sure to offer them an honorarium or comp time for their service, so they don't feel obligated to do this.)
  • Sell It with Sizzle




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