Friday, December 9, 2016

My First Year in Library Programming

At the end of the month, I'll also be closing out my first year as a public services librarian. As part of my job, I've had to come up with a lot of different programming ideas. The majority of my ideas went very well, but a few were total flops. Here's a lot of the different ideas I had. If you'd like to know more about any of these programs, send me an e-mail at

1. How to Start an Etsy Business - This program went really well. It was my first program and I did it with the Business Resources Librarian who also works at my library branch. My part of the class dealt with how to start the business, write up your sales policies, take good pictures, and get your items promoted on social media. Trevor, the Business Librarian, talked more about the legal aspects of having a start-up home-based business in Missouri. Despite the horrible weather we had that day, with hail and strong winds, we still had 11 attendees.

2. Roaming Readers Walking Club - The idea was to have a group walk around the neighborhood near my library and talk about reading. It was to be a 7 week program on Thursday mornings during May and June. I had one person come 2 out of the 7 weeks. It was horrible! The weather got way too hot way too quick. The subdivision nearby decided to spend those weeks repaving the streets, causing anyone who walked by to breathe in all the fumes and choke.

3. Fast Friends: Speed Dating Style for Folks 50 and Up - This was also a bit of a bummer because the point was just to make friends and meet new people, but a lot of people left when they found out it wasn't necessarily to find romantic relationships and only two men came. The description of the event, I thought, made it clear, but I guess not.

4. Doctor Who Day At the Library - I drew around 75 people for this 4 hour event dedicated to all things Doctor Who. We had a cosplay contest, a trivia contest, and watched our favorite Doctor Who clips. We also had games, puzzles, and coloring pages on hand.

5. Introduction to Scherenschnitte - Scherenschnitte is the art of German paper cutting to make all kinds of intricate designs. The class was so popular when I taught it in October, I held a second class in November, and have a third one lined up in January! All classes fill up with a max of 12 people in each class.

6. Mason Jar Terrariums - This was a fast class, barely lasting 45 minutes. It just takes some jars, potting soil, dry and live moss, some rocks, and plastic animals to make a fun growing terrarium that lives in a mason jar. It brings some green indoors during the cold winter months. I had 19 come to this class.

7. Nerdy Cross Stitching - This is a monthly club I've started for people who want to learn cross stitch, or just want to socialize while they cross stitch. I saw a lot of knitting, crocheting, and sewing clubs that meet at the library, but nothing for those of us who like to cross stitch. I provide free nerdy patterns, often with pop culture references. So far, I've been averaging about 7 people per club session. It's only been going on since October.

8. Learn How to Bullet Journal - I just taught this class last week. If you don't know what a bullet journal is, just google it, or search for it on Pinterest, Buzzfeed, Instagram, or Facebook. This class had an attendance of 10, although 18 had originally signed up.

9. Introduction to HTML with Codecademy - I taught this two session class to about 10 people. We used the free website, Codecademy, to go through the 4 HTML lessons together. Even though I specified that anyone who registers ought to be have basic computer knowledge, I still had a couple attend who barely knew how to use a mouse.

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