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Rebecca Hodson (non-member)'s picture

What events are you planning for the summer/fall?

So, what is everyone planning for the future?  Here are the community college, the library plans events way ahead of time - right now I am working on our Fall 2014 schedule.  I like to do a series of themed programming, this year we are doing "Explore your World"  In the past we have done themed series such as: "STEMulate Learning" "Muslim Journeys" and "Preserving the Past"

 Some events for my upcoming Explore your World series include: 

  • LibroFest (Latino authors book fair/cultural event),
  • Banned Books Bash: Celebrate the Freedom to Read,
  • International book club
  • "Eight countries in one day @ the library"(8 booths each one on a different country)
  • I am also in contact with a performer who has a historical talk "Unmentionables: the rise and fall of ladies underwear"


I'd love to hear from the rest of you!

Bianca Reyes (non-member)'s picture

Here at the Louis Robidoux Library we are still brainstorming some ideas for the fall along with a cal reads grant we will be planning around. The cal reads grant series is called War Comes Home and will feature book discussions, a veterans resource fair, and an art exhibit to name a few. That kicks off in September.

For August, it is National Immunization Awareness Month and Family Fun Month. I was thinking to run with one of those themes for a couple programs that month along with the regular events we have each month.

In September it is National Preparedness Month and I would love to get a presenter in here to talk about ways to prepare for all kinds of disasters as well as the natural disasters that are common to our area: earthquakes!

Hope this inspires you!

Janie Hermann's picture

Thanks for getting the discussion going on this! We also plan quite far in advance at Princeton Public Library. Our summer plans have been completed for over a month and our Fall plans are closing in on completion ... soon we will look towards laying out 2015 (yikes!).

One of our summer programs that I am most excited about is a film series that we designed called The Artist in Society that will have us screen 10 documentaries with most of them having scholars or the filmmakers at the viewings to lead post-screening discussions. We worked hard to get the right contacts so we could obtain Public Performance Rights for many films that are still in theatrical release and all of the documentaries are very current plus award-winners. I can post more about this if anyone is interested as most of these documentaries will be coming in to general release soon and several are covered by Swank for public performance.

Our kids summer programming is all around Science to tie in with the summer reading them of Fizz, Boom, Read and is really quite diverse.

For the fall, we will continue with our yearlong theme of celebrating the 350th birthday of the founding of New Jersey with some "Jersey-centric" programming and we will be doing a series of talks and discussions around social justice issues. 

Our signature event for the fall is our annual children's book festival. We have 70 or so children's author and illustrators come to our plaza for a day of signing and entertainment. Here is the web site from last year (we are working on the one for this year): http://community.princetonlibrary.org/pcbf2013/

Would love to hear what others have in the works!!!

Katy Kelly's picture

Hi Janie,

The Artist in Society film series sounds really interesting. That's great you're planning post-screening discussions too. Our campus arts center does film nights and we typically screen a documentary film from our DVD collection for each heritage month, co-sponsored by our office of multicultural affairs. 

What films are you showing and who is hosting each one?



Katy Kelly

Communications and Outreach Librarian |  University of Dayton


Janie Hermann's picture

Hi Katy

Sorry for the delay in answering this -- it arrived just as we had an email crash at work and then I have been at Annual in Las Vegas.


I have attached the double-sided poster that we are using to promote the film plus the series. I have a longer Word Document that I can attach if you need more info. 


Our 1st film is this Monday night and we are excited about it!


Poster for Artist in Society Series2.28 MB
Carly Giancaterino (non-member)'s picture

Hi Everyone!

The Cape May County Libraries have so much fun events coming up. All summer we will be hosting our standard artist workshops, cooking demonstrations, and exercise classes. But we are excited for some of our more adventurous events:

Author Series: Tess Gerritsen Lecture + Signing - June 20th (registrations are already at 150!)
Beachcombing every Monday in the Summer
Sunset Boat Cruises along the Back Bays every month
Underwater Photographer will be coming in for a lecture in June

As you can tell, in the summer we take full advantage of living by the water.

Our Technology Learning Center (TLC) will be featuring 3D printing workshops, Makey Makey labs, Minecraft clubs, along with general one-on-one help.

Hope this inspires.

Carly G

Carly G
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Cape May County Library

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Janie Hermann's picture

I love how Cape May Library takes advantage of being so close to the ocean and beach with their summer programming!!

Carly Giancaterino (non-member)'s picture

Thank you Janie!

We really try to cash in on our location, 4 of which are centrally located on islands. 

We have also found that these sort of summer themed events really help bring the tourists into our branches.

Carly G
Adult Programs Department
Cape May County Library

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Katy Kelly's picture

Hi everyone,

This spring we opened a sculpture exhibit which will run through the first week of September. This project started way back in 2011! As the project lead it has been very satisfying to see it all come together. The response has been very positive. We have a lot of information on our website for the exhibit, entitled Art for Citizens and Celebrants: The Sculpture of Robert C. Koepnick.

Our campus is really excited for our upcoming fall exhibit, Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progess. The exhibit is going to feature rare and near-priceless first editions, manuscripts, galley proofs, papyri and illustrations spanning the scholarly spectrum.  All of the items are on loan from a local private collector. The Libraries Dean has been the main person organizing this and all of the events surrounding it, which are tied to the curriculum and campus programming theme of "Rites, Rights, Writes." This exhibit will be a once-a-in-lifetime chance to see all of these materials together in one space. The programs will showcase faculty scholarship and all first year students will read a book featured in the exhibit in their humanities classes. 

All of our exhibits and programs are free and open to the public.

Katy Kelly

Communications and Outreach Librarian |  University of Dayton


Shaun Davidson's picture

I'm so envious of the libraries that can pull off successful film/movie programs. We have tried to do so many from every angle and every age group and all have flopped! I guess it's just one of those things that doesn't work here at the Boone County Public Library. 

In the summer, we partner with our local parks department and offer free outdoor concerts twice a month. If we have bad weather, we move the show the Main Library. Just last weekend, we had a Neil Diamond tribute group, Forever Diamond (the cheese was turned up to eleven!), and we had 1244 people attend! So, our music performance hits make up for our movie misses. 

Another thing that has been going well for us are "drop-in" tech demonstrations. So far we've had demos of a 3d printer, robots, and I'm currently working on a Google Glass demo for this Fall. Offering it as more of an open demo has engaged MANY more people than we ever would have if they were more formal programs in a meeting room. 


P.S. - I'm excited to see what others are planning for the future, and I'm looking forward to getting involved with this group!

Janie Hermann's picture

I love to see how diverse the programs are that are being planned -- and it is getting my brain spinning on how we can adapt to suit our own library community.


Shaun: I think every community is different and it is good to recognize that. Our community loves documentary and foreign films. We get the best turn out when the films are done as a series on a theme and involve little seen, but critically acclaimed films.  If films don't work for your community, it is good that you have realized music (even with a high cheese level) works for them). I love what you are doing for tech demos too.


Kelly: Your exhibits sound amazing. I wish we had space to do exhibits. We have an art gallery on our second floor but it is too limited in space to do a true exhibit. 



Erwin Magbanua's picture

So I have been trying to do some newer types of programming at the Central Library at the San Diego Public Library. I've started a series of fandom type events leading up to SD Comic-Con called Adventures in Fandom. These include Trekkie, Steampunk, Medieval LARP, and Browncoat events. And by far the craziest thing I've done is the Alternate Reality Game I've started where the Central Library is under attack from strange alien beings, and those participating in the game must explore the building to discover and defeat this evil. In the fall I'll be trying a new biking program where people can check out helmet cams, record their biking experiences around town, and then we take their footage, edit it, and post on our website. I'm also heading up our One Book One San Diego programming, a possible human library project, and a neat banned books week concept I just pitched to staff today (involves some theatrics!).

Kristen Cassidy (non-member)'s picture

I was recently contact by a lady who is an avid geocacher. Does anyone have experience doing this type of program? I'd like to set something up for the fall - possibly a 'haunted history' geocache. Love any ideas if you have them to share!



Jenny LaPerriere (non-member)'s picture

The Denver Public Library is working on a geocaching program. Here are the basics:

*Caches are being placed in all branches by 2 customers who are geocachers extraordinaire. Each cache is unique and will reflect the character of the branch and could include clues coming from a piece of art or architecture in the branch.

*We will have a "passport" once all caches are ready to go. Customers will pick up the "passport" and branch staff will stamp their location when someone writes down the code and/or tells them were the cache is.

*Completed "passports" will be turned in for prize drawings. We may also have some contests such as fastest times, but others could complete their "passport" over a series of months.

*Each cache will also hold some small library swag such as tattoos or stickers.


We hope to launch this in the fall or winter at the latest. I can post when we do with more details and if we made changes to the above.