Programming Resources


Adult Book Discussion and Thematic Kits -- free adult book discussion and thematic library program kits with everything you need to host an event at your library.  Available to Kentucky public libraries from KDLA.

ALA’s Programming Librarian Page

ALA’s Office Of Public Programming—find out about national programs and grants.

ALA's Celebration Weeks and Promotional Events - a complete list of all ALA celebrations and promotions - from National Library Week to Banned Books Week.

WebJunction -- tons of resources on a range of library topics.

Kentucky Humanities Council -- find Chautauqua performers, learn about Prime Time Family Time, and apply for a book discussion grant.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife -- programming ideas for men.

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service -- a rich resource for programming ideas and a great way to find presenters in your area.

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) - create a free account to access all the information and resources necessary to plan an exciting summer reading program at your library.

Veterans History Project -- participate in the Veterans History Project by conducting an interview, searching the collection or printing project field kits.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. - your source to find and apply for federal grants.

EBSCO Publishing / Salem Press Library Grants Center - a free web tool designed to help librarians everywhere—whatever their level of experience—navigate the world of library grants.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) -   the institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.  Find grants, read the latest policy research, and learn more about state programs.

Kentucky Historical Society – information for community historians and genealogists.  Use the pages dedicated to oral history, exhibitions, and the calendar of events for local programming ideas and support.

Mid-Hudson Library System Adult Programming Page – a great place to explore programming resources, find tips to make your next program shine, and develop community partnerships.

Bizarre American Holidays

Chase’s Calendar of Events - an international calendar of events.

Factfinder—find out who is in your community and make programming easier.

Kentucky State Data Center - track population growth in your community to better tailor programs to specific user groups.  This site features easy to use population projection pyramids and maps.

Workforce Kentucky - use the simple LED OnTheMap tool to find out about the people working in your county.  Are workers in your service area commuting, what industry do they work in, and how much education do they have?  Use this data to plan better programming and increase attendance.  This data is also useful in collection development and planning the library's hours of operation. 

Literary Calendar, Days and Months in Literature

Movie Program Ideas --  Movie Licensing USA's calendar of movie program ideas, look around the website to find all kinds of programming ideas.

National Health Information Center’s Calendar of Health Observances

Programming Librarian’s Events and Celebrations Page

Virtual Middle School Library Calendar Resource—all types of calendars and events.

Authentic Bizarre Holidays -- another site full of strange and bizarre holidays.

This Day in History -- from the History Channel.

Amy Alessio's Blog -- full of programming and craft ideas for all ages.

Movie Licensing USA -- one site you can use to obtain public performance rights.

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation - another site for film public performance rights.

United States Copyright Office -- learn the basics of copyright.

Junkyard Sports -- spark your imagination to develop programming for men.


Information updated 1/2/2013.