A fresh year for the adult programming calendar

It’s almost January — the season of new beginnings! I’ve been planning like crazy for the events that will take place next year in the libraries I work in. Some plans are firm and contracts are booked. Other ideas are still in the infancy stage just waiting to blossom. I thought I would share some ideas.


VIVA Florida 500 kicks off! The year of celebrating Florida history can happen with guest scholars, historians, and performers of all kinds.

Archaeology related programming leading up to a March exhibit will raise awareness of the exhibit topic and should appeal to those who find archaeology / history interesting.  

Ballroom dancing can be offered as a fun way to burn off some of those extra holiday pounds people may have put on in December.


Book Festival! I am coordinating the 19th annual literary arts festival for my library in 2013. What does your library do to celebrate reading in your community?

Chautauqua for my library system continues with humanities based programming. Storytellers, musicians, scholars and more!

I hear Feel Good Fridays might be starting up at one of the libraries…. How can libraries help others to live happy, healthy, lives?

Still booking–  African American History Month is the month of February…..


We Were Here: The People of the Belle Glade Culture Exhibit will take place at one of our libraries for the entire month. Traveling exhibits are a lot of work, but a great way to focus programming efforts and garner publicity for your library’s ability to bring a topic to life.

Still booking– Women’s History Month is in March…..


National Libraries Week (April 14-20) is a great time to celebrate our volunteers, Friends, and Foundation members. It’s also a great way of shining light on the value libraries bring to their communities. Last year we did cake in library lobbies…. What will this year hold?

Money Smart Week (April 20 – 27)  How can libraries make the topic of financial literacy fun?

World Book Night is April 23!


Summer Reading 2013 will begin some time this month. Groundbreaking Reads is the adult theme this year. It’s never too early to think about how we can get a whole community excited about reading throughout the summer months!

For additional ideas – according to Programming Librarian, May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month.


What can we do to celebrate healthy living via library event calendars? What health topics could be covered, and in what ways? What partnerships could help with this goal? What system-wide initiatives could be implemented?


Taste of the Tropics (Master Gardeners) will be happening at my library this year. The annual community tropical fruit tasting will be paired with educational seminars, children’s activities, music, and much more. Ideas for turning the courtyard into a festival atmosphere that will inspire all different kinds of people to learn how to grow and prepare fresh healthy tropical fruit are welcome…  What other libraries might want to get in on this tropical action in some way?


How do Florida residents relate to the theme of Journey Stories? The event calendar should help residents of all backgrounds to make those connections and discover how rich our county’s heritage truly is.


Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. How many libraries have a Hispanic population who might welcome a chance to share some aspect of their culture with the community at large?


El Dia De Los Muertos – so many libraries around the country did such creative events around this topic in 2012. Surely the library I work at can join them in 2013?

The Journey Stories exhibit will be on display during October & November. Events will be taking place on site and off site to celebrate the Smithsonian coming to town! 


Giving thanks is the sentiment of the month. How can we as a library offer ways for people to give their thanks in creative ways? What workshops or other opportunities might exist either inside our buildings or in conjunction with our partners?

 NaNoWriMo is such a crazy idea that it can be so much fun. Looking for ways to spotlight local authors with this world-wide initiative.


Events really need to take place in the first few weeks in order to stay clear of people’s busy holiday schedules and decreased staffing capacities that generally happen at this time of year.


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