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Adult Services

Programming Resources

  • Programming Librarian - An online newsletter from the American Library Association Programs Office with programming ideas and tips for all age groups.
  • American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning, conversation and connection in communities of all types. Its staff works closely with librarians, humanities scholars, STEM and financial literacy experts, and others to create nationwide programming opportunities, grants and traveling exhibitions for U.S. libraries.

  • Public Libraries Online - Focuses on issues and topics that matter to public libraries; it features unique content and allows online interaction through comments and social media sharing. PL Online provides readers with daily updates, op-ed pieces, e-book reviews, author interviews, and more. It is the companion to the print publication of Public Libraries the official magazine of Public Library Association.

Readers' Advisory


Adult Basic Literacy

  • National Coalition for Literacy - The National Coalition for Literacy is an alliance of the leading national and regional organizations dedicated to advancing adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the United States.
  • ProLiteracy - ProLiteracy promotes adult literacy through content development, programs, and advocacy. Our goal is to change lives and communities through the power of literacy.


Digital Literacy

  • DigitalLearn -, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. The site launched in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation.
  • GCF LearnFree - For almost 20 years, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more— offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

Financial Literacy

  • Money Smart Week - Participate in Money Smart Week, a national initiative in its eighth year between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about Money Smart Week.   Libraries of all types can and do participate, providing programming for all ages and all stages of life on topics such as: basic budgeting; managing student debt; retirement planning; home purchasing; saving money through couponing; and how to prevent identity theft.
  • Smart investing @ your library - - The Smart investing @ your library® national network can help anyone learn about money, develop a budget, save for college, plan for retirement and much more.

Health Literacy

  • National Health Observances - National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or month dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.
  • Public Library Health - This website, a project of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA), brings together a host of resources to help public libraries better serve their patrons’ health needs.
  • Let’s Move in Libraries – Let’s Move in Libraries is an international initiative to promote health programming in libraries.

This project was funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​.


If you have questions concerning adult library services, please contact:

Nikole Wolfe
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-​1730

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