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Directors Do It All: Programming & Outreach

Traveling Billboard

Book this traveling billboard for your next library outreach event today! Perfect for a parade, county fair, or other outdoor event.

Reservations are for one week (Monday through Sunday), and you are responsible for picking it from NCLS and returning it on time for the next user.

Staff Guide

Library Programming & Outreach

Library programming comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for patrons all ages and abilities.  New ideas, like health and exercise programs or summer lunch distribution, have found spaces in libraries, while old favorites, such as storytime and book clubs, have found new audiences online.

In additional to being a minimum standard, library programming provides an opportunity for engagement with patrons and collaboration with partners.

What exactly is outreach in libraries?  Library outreach is simply providing services to non-users or a traditionally underserved population. 

It's important for library staff to be aware of their underserved community members so they provide services that meet their needs.  More information about outreach strategies can be found HERE.

ALA: Big Programming Ideas for Small Budgets

The Warehouse

NCLS provides a collection of program support materials specifically for our member libraries called The Warehouse. Here you can reserve technology equipment, storytime puppets and more!

Books by Mail

NCLS will send materials directly by mail, free of charge, to eligible patrons in our service area who need specialized materials, or who are unable to visit their local public library.

The form to sign up for Books by Mail can be accessed here.

Professional Reading