Beyond Books: Adult Library Programs for a New Era takes us out of the stacks and past the traditional walls of the library to reach underserved and overworked adults in our communities -- adults who might not think they need the library in their lives.
Readers are introduced to the concept of adult programming through a multifaceted approach based on a solid foundation of behavioral science, real-life library experience, and data on current trends in libraries and other institutions. This book posits that offering diverse adult programs is an important catalyst for fostering community connection and individual wellness, and that no librarian needs to deliver them alone. Partnerships are not only helpful; they are essential to preventing librarian burnout.
Themes of the book center on passive versus active programs, the importance of intergenerational involvement, and programs that touch a variety of topics divided by the following sections:
This book provides clear, step-by-step models and strategies for delivering adult programs (both in-person and online), including where to find funding, getting administrative and municipal buy-in, creating partnerships in the community, addressing possible legal issues, marketing tactics, training staff and volunteers, and how to evaluate programs.
Whether you’re a student, a brand new recruit, or a seasoned public or academic librarian, there will be something in this book to inspire you to move your adult library programs beyond book clubs (without losing those too!).
Preface: A New Era
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Adult Programming in Libraries and Why It Is Important
Chapter 2: Adulting 101
Chapter 3: Implementing Adult Programs in Your Library
Chapter 4: Food & Drink
Chapter 5: Arts & Crafts
Chapter 6: Books & Writing
Chapter 7: Technology & Media
Chapter 8: Health & Wellness
Chapter 9: Business & Finance
Chapter 10: Nature & Gardening
Conclusion: We Are In
About the Author
Jenn Carson’s Beyond Books: Adult Library Programs for a New Era serves as both an insightful clarion call to and informative FAQ for libraries to holistically support adult patrons with fun and impactful programming, all without exhausting or overwhelming those the library workers who plan, prepare, and facilitate such events.
6/9/22, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of forthcoming library and information science titles.