Big Talk From Small Librarise: Programming on a Shoestring Budget


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Presented by David Mixdorf, Director & Odessa Meyer, Children’s Librarian, South Sioux City Public Library (NE) on February 28, 2013 as part of the Big Talk From Small Libraries Conference.

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Big Talk From Small Librarise: Programming on a Shoestring Budget

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  2. 2. Budgeting on a Shoestring How we do What we do On little dough
  3. 3. June 1, 2009• New Library Director Hired• New Children’s Librarian Hired• New Library Board chosen to replace dismissed board.
  4. 4. Perception of the library• It was boring.• Nothing to do.• The programs didn’t fit their needs.• The library lacked posters, pictures, books on display.• Not kid friendly.• Didn’t know we had one.
  5. 5. Circulation checkouts2008-2009: 22,5312011-2012: 47,790
  6. 6. Computer Usage2008-2009: 209002011-2012: 30910
  7. 7. Adult Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 6842011-2012: 3011
  8. 8. Children’s Programming Attendance 2008-2009: 1895 2011-2012: 4838
  9. 9. What did we do to accomplish this turn around. Interview library patrons
  10. 10. Communicate withpeople who don’t use the library with questionnaires.
  11. 11. Meet with civicgroups and give presentations.
  12. 12. Meet with localagencies and see whatthe library could do to assist their agency.
  13. 13. Offer them the useof the library as a meeting space.
  14. 14. Talk with area schools.
  15. 15. Talk with area businesses.
  16. 16. Do a review of theservices your communityprovides and try to fill in the gaps.
  17. 17. See what otherlibraries are doingand recreate their ideas to fit your needs.
  18. 18. Keep an open mind.Even if an idea doesn’t catch on right away, keep trying.
  19. 19. Programming• $4,000 is budgeted• Around 1,500 programs will be offered this year.• 4 full time staff, 6 part time staff• Volunteers
  20. 20. •800 Tech Classes•300 Youth Programs•400 Adult Programs
  21. 21. Programming with Adults• Cover to Cover Book Club
  22. 22. Started in 2002
  23. 23. We are regularly involved in One Book/One Siouxland Events
  24. 24. Book Club Resources• One Book Programs
  25. 25. Resources Available to Libraries• Nebraska Book Club Wiki rontPage• NLC Book Club Kits• The Big Read• Nebraska Humanities Council .html
  26. 26. Resources Available to Book Clubs• Reading Group Guides /index.asp• Library Thing• Shelfari• Good Reads
  27. 27. Programming with Adults• Book clubs- Cover to Cover• Humanities Programming
  28. 28. Humanities Programming• Connecting with state arts and humanities groups is a great way to do programming.• Connecting with local and area arts and humanities presenters outside the state can also reap benefits.• Connect programming to the natural interests of the community
  29. 29. May 4, 2013
  30. 30. Programming Librarian An initiative of the American Library Association Public Programs Office
  31. 31. Programming with Adults• Book clubs- Cover to Cover• Humanities Programming• Community Wide Events
  32. 32. Cardinal FestivalDrive-In MovieKids Programming
  33. 33. Community Garden
  34. 34. Optimist ClubChristmas Wreath Auction
  35. 35. Immigration Servicesfree legal services
  36. 36. Arts in the School
  37. 37. Programming with Adults• Book clubs- Cover to Cover• Humanities Programming• Community Wide Events• Local and Personal Interests
  38. 38. Local & Personal Interests
  39. 39. Native American/ Western Programming
  40. 40. Musical Programming
  41. 41. Music Contacts• Concerts in Your Home• Unbound Booking
  42. 42. Art Gallery Area
  43. 43. Movies• Real to Reel- popular movies with contemporary issues.
  44. 44. Movies• B Movie Night at the Bijou
  45. 45. Classic Movies and Discussion
  46. 46. Special Movie Presentations• Movies in History celebrating birthdays or anniversaries.
  47. 47. Mango Languages Program• Talk like a Pirate Day
  48. 48. And There’s More• Technology classes (62 classes a month)• Seed Saving Library classes• Banned books week discussions• Games day• Trivia Contest• Travelogue’s• Scribes ( a local writers group)
  49. 49. Spanish Classes
  50. 50. 50+ Area
  51. 51. Tangled Yarns
  52. 52. Changes in Youth Programming• 2009: Story Times were held consistently twice a week & two programs that ran once a month• 2013: We have seven consistent youth programs each week. With special programs as they come up
  53. 53. Encouraged Partnerships with Community • Move & Music Classes for youth • Story Telling with local teachers We also utilize our localChamberetts, Optimist Club and 4-H Extension Office for programming
  54. 54. Look at the Community You Serve In our community we saw a need and reached out to fill it. We have a mother who volunteers to read bilingual books and we make crafts with the children Bilingual Story Time
  55. 55. Consistency• Keeping programming consistent is a major help for your families to remember to stop in• Being consistent in special programs (monthly or yearly) is also a benefit. LEGO classes & contest - yearly
  56. 56. Make the library FUN!Hanging out at the library
  57. 57. Dr. Seuss Celebration!
  58. 58. Summer Reading Programs PuppetWorld Juggling Day Making String Instrument Extravaganza Sioux Falls Zoo Mobile
  59. 59. More Summer Reading Bugs from around the World Nebraska’s Humanities Council – David Marsh Music from around the World Mad Science
  60. 60. Story Time Crafts
  61. 61. New Area’s Teen Area - For game playing, relaxing and reading Young Kids AreaToys, Computers & Puppet Stage
  62. 62. Displays Book Award DisplayBulletin Boards Books on Display
  63. 63. Teen Murder Mystery Dinner
  64. 64. Love Stinks Love Stinks was an anti- Valentines Day party for our Teen Advisory Board
  65. 65. TAB Halloween Party Everyone from adult chaperones to teens dressed up and enjoyed the night of games, fun & music
  66. 66. • Pat-a-Cake Pals• Toddler Time• Preschool Storytime• PIWI- Parents Interacting with Infants• Schools Day Out• Afterschool Children’s Movie Time• Alphabet Party• Let’s Create• Night of Fun• Symphony Concert for Young Audiences (6th gr)
  67. 67. Future• Casual Conversations (ESL program)• Garden Group• Discussions on the Muslim faith and culture• Passing the written drivers training classes• Spanish Welcome Wagon program• Other types of tech classes• Health classes• Social worker assistance
  68. 68. Future for Youth• Online Story Time• After School Tutoring• Specialty Clubs (LEGO, Science, Poetry, Photography, etc)• Homeschool Network• Intro to your new hobby• Healthy Families• Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting for Kids• Simple Cooking Classes• Books into Movie Club• Puppetry/Story Telling Group
  69. 69. David Mixdorf Odessa Meyer