Lisa F. Steinacker (Smith)Youth and Family programming at the Kaiserslautern LibrariesUS Army Garrison KaiserslauternKaiserslautern, Germany2008-2012
Start to Finish ProgramsBased on discussion with patrons, evaluating community needs and collaboratingwith other libraries and staff, I designed and executed programs for all ages at thelibrary. This presentation focuses on my youth and family programming. My variousduties at the library allowed me to be directly involved with all steps in theprogramming process to include:• Community interaction to discover needs• Program creation and design• Planning to include purchasing of materials• Promoting programs through marketing and in-house displays• Executing program• Preparing notes for future instances of programSome important strategies that I have learned along the way:• Plan ahead and stay organized• Everyone has great ideas – get input from co-workers• Keep materials in a box that can be used the next time you do the program• Share your programs!
Summer Reading Met with youth to discuss what types of activitiesthey would like for the summer Planned & executed child, teen and adult SummerReading programming for main and two branch librariesfor three summers Designed reading chart and all marketing to publicizeSummer Reading Visited schools and Army Youth Services to promoteSummer Reading and programs Coordinated ordering of prizes and materials neededfor programs Planned and executed launch and end of SummerReading partiesCoordinated with local youth organizations to be ableto reach as many youth as possible during the summer
Youth Story TimeProvided themed story timeforinfants, toddlers, preschool,kindergarten and school agechildren. All included musicand another activity such asa felt board story or fingerplay. A craft that reinforcedthe theme was a part of thestory times for toddlers andolderSome of the flyers for ournon-traditional story timesare shown here