1. Introduction: A library
program is an event is organized by library staff that
promotes the use of library
materials, facilities, or services and / or offers the community an
informational, entertaining, or cultural experience. The North Liberty Community strives to offer
a variety of programs that reflect the broad range of community interests.
2. Age Groups: Programs are conducted for people of all
- Children’s Programs: Programs are conducted for children of
all ages and their families for the purpose of promoting reading and the
use of library resources and
services, broadening literacy and language experience, sharing the
heritage of children’s literature.
Programs may also be offered based on patron request or topics that
would attract children to the library.
- Teen Programs: Programs are conducted for teenagers
(generally considered to be 6th – 12th grade) to
promote reading and the use of library
resources and services. Attention
is also given to programs that address concerns and issues facing
teenagers, programs that are requested by patrons, and programs that may
attract teenagers to the library.
- Adult Programs: A wide variety of programming is offered
for adults of all ages to promote reading, literacy and library use.
Programs may also be offered that address the concerns and
interests of the community, are based upon patron request, or that would
attract adults to the library.
library programs shall be free
and open to the public. Optional fees
may be set for materials that the participants will keep or are not
covered in the programming budget.
Charges for programs or events
sponsored by the Friends of the Library or Teen
Advocate Group are permissible for the purpose of fund-raising
to benefit the library.
Attendance at programs shall not be
restricted because of race, background, or beliefs. The library
may limit attendance based on programming space, materials availability, nature
of the program, etc. Unless otherwise noted, children nine years of age and
under should be accompanied by an adult as stated in the library’s
Unattended Child Policy.
c. Special requests:
for programs may be offered to library
staff. Suggestions will be used
at the discretion of library staff and in keeping with other library policies.
- The library provides special group tours or library orientations upon request and as staffing and time permit. Some aspects of these programs may be
planned jointly with the requesting group.
All children’s groups must be well supervised by the organization
sponsoring the visit.
library may provide special programs regarding library collections,
facilities, and services upon request.
- The library may offer program opportunities away
from the library facility,
including story time outreach to local daycares as staffing
and time allow. Programs may be
offered at a different location because of space needs or target audience.
library may partner with other organizations to provide programs. The library policies for programs will
apply to any co-sponsored event.
programs will be advertised in local papers, on the local cable channel,
on the city and library web
pages, via social media and in the library
starting three weeks prior to the program.
programs may be taped and broadcast on the local access channel and posted
to library and city web sites.
programs will be non-commercial in nature.
Although a businessperson or other professional expert may present
a program, the information should be general in nature. No solicitation of business is
sale of products at library programs is generally not allowed. There are two exceptions:
the library wants to encourage reading, writing, and the appreciation of
culture and because distribution channels for these materials are often
lacking, writers, performers and artists may sell their own works at the
library following the library program.
Friends of the North Liberty Community Library or the Teen Advocate Group may
sell items at library programs.
All program attendees are expected to abide by the rules of
the Community Center.
Written: February 2009
Reviewed and Revised: October 2010
Reviewed: October 2012