The Future of Programming Workshop

MHLS is pleased to announce a timely workshop focused on how to use programming at your library to “empower, engage and excite” your community! Are you excited about the potential of programming to further the mission of public libraries to facilitate knowledge creation? Interested to learn more about how to create more community connections through programming? Programming, for all ages, is a significant portion of our current business and an exciting growth area for libraries. What does the future hold? Who is innovating in this area with great results? Here is your chance to hear from five experts on the topic!

The Future of Programming workshop will feature nationally recognized speakers as well as a panel of MHLS member library directors who are making exciting things happen in their community through programming.

When & Where: Thursday, September 24th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the MHLS Auditorium
(105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY)

JanieJanie Hermann, Public Programming Librarian, Princeton Public Library (NJ), is driven by both passion and boundless dedication to ensure that the public programs offered at the library not only meet but exceed the expectations of the Princeton Community. Each year she oversees about 1,600 public programs put together by the amazing team she considers privileged to work with. Her work at the library allows her to interact with a wide variety of local groups and organizations and she truly loves the connections she is able to make each day as a result. Janie is nationally recognized for her leadership in the area of programming: PPL is well known for their Environmental Film Fest, TEDxTalks, technology training, a hack-a-thon and the phenomenal “How-To Fest” earlier this year. Janie was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2007

ErinnErinn Batykefer, Programs Coordinator, New Canaan Library (CT) & Co-founder of The Library as Incubator Project (LaIP). The mission of the Library as Incubator Project is to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for libraries as incubators of the arts. The Project highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. At a time in which both libraries and arts organizations are often having to do more with less, it makes sense for these two parts of our culture to support each other. The Library as Incubator Project calls attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, and provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas. Erinn is particularly interested in social media, community programming and engagement, and library artist residencies and makerspaces. Erinn was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2014

MHLS Member Library Director Panel:
Erica Freudenberger, Director Red Hook Public Library
Patti Haar, Director, Patterson Library
Sue Ray, Director, Catskill Public Library

Seating will be limited so register today for The Future of Programming workshop!