Monday, April 13, 2009

Targeting the Ages: Programming that Hits the Mark

On February 13, 2009, I had the opportunity to attend a webinar, titled, Targeting the Ages: Programming that Hits the Mark. The webinar was sponsored by the College of Dupage and was presented by librarians Penny Mandziara (Library/School Liaison for the Bensenville Community Public Library) and Kelly Watson (Reader Services Librarian for the Bensenville Community Public Library in Bensenville, Illinois).

The teleconference was an informative session that basically instructed individuals how to come up with innovative programming that meets the needs of their patrons. Set-by-step, library programmers were guided through planning of a program, offering creative ideas that combined partnering amongst local organizations and/or groups.

For successful programming, the programmer must:
Identify your patron's needs
Develop a plan for successful implementation
Adapt to your surroundings, be creative, pay attention to details and partner up if necessary
Evaluate your programs
Many programming ideas were offered for youth, adults and seniors.

Programming Workbook for librarians.

-Terry G, Central Library

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