Program Ideas to Attract Boomers to Your Library

Shirley Biladeau's picture

The Montana State Library recently published a great programming guide containing nearly 40 adult programming suggestions. The guide can be found at http://msl.mt.gov/whatsyourstory/programmingguide.pdf .

Montana and Idaho are certainly in the same boat as far as needing to reach out to more citizens. A quote from their marketing and communication project page, called “What’s Your Story? Find It At the Library” reads, “Libraries are beloved by citizens and the communities we serve, yet Montana libraries face significant challenges. We are under-funded, short-staffed, and often taken for granted.” That sounds familiar! It goes on to say, “To help remind Montanans of the value of Montana libraries to the communities we serve, the ‘What’s Your Story?’ campaign was born. A group of Montana librarians, representing communities big and small, east and west, and all types of libraries, came together to try to articulate what was needed to help our peers do a great job of promoting ourselves to the large number of patrons we serve.”

There are some wonderful ideas and tools that Idaho libraries could adapt at http://msl.mt.gov/whatsyourstory/ . Be sure to check it out.

 

    Dylan's picture

    Don't Forget Gen-X or Gen-Y!

    There's some great ideas in that programming guide from Montana State Library, but let's not forget other adults that fall into younger generations (X and Y). Personally, I'm in love with St Charles Public Library's "TnT - Twenties and Thirties" programs. (More on that here: http://www.st-charles.lib.il.us/at_lib/programs/tnt.htm)

    It's a challenge, but maybe we can have as diverse a range of adult programs as we already do for our storytimes. After all, we all know that toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners are vastly different animals. Maybe we can apply the same logic to adult programming as well?

    Stephanie B-W's picture

    Speed Book Sharing

    Great ideas. My favorite -- Speed Book Sharing! "Here’s a chance to share something near and dear to our hearts and we hope yours, too! Bring something you’ve enjoyed reading–whether a favorite book, magazine, a printout from a web site, the back of your cereal box, or Crime and Punishment–to quickly share in brief one-on-one conversations." Fun ideas that should work with teens or other age groups.

    Cristiano's picture

    This is an excellent

    This is an excellent initiative! I think all libraries should have a website as good as this one. That's the secret to getting people into the libaray - everyone's online (myspace, facebook, YouTube) so the libraries are competing with that. This "whats your story?" is a great piece of promotion/marketing but i'd pitch it to kids as well.

    Malcolm Lambe's picture

    whats your story

    This is an excellent initiative! I think all libraries should have a website as good as this one. That's the secret to getting people into the libaray - everyone's online (myspace, facebook, YouTube) so the libraries are competing with that. This "whats your story?" is a great piece of promotion/marketing but i'd pitch it to kids as well. (I belong to The American Library in Paris and while its a good library their website is very uninspiring).

    john345's picture

    I like the idea :)

    I like the idea :)