Presentation Title

4D: Out of the Box Ideas: Appealing to the General Public While Aligning with Library Goals

Session Length

30 minutes

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

27-4-2020 3:20 PM

End Date

27-4-2020 3:50 PM

Abstract

Some of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library’s most popular adult programs and events have been ones that at first glance are unusual for a library. Dating seminars, rock concerts, and tea parties to name a few.

One of the TNRL’s core goals is providing resources for a lifetime of personal growth, learning and enjoyment, which is how I prioritize my programming. When determining what programs to run I have a rough guide of how many should focus on traditional educational value and how many are designed primarily to draw in new patrons.

Participants in this session will learn about some non-traditional library programs and events that appeal to the broader public and meet the library’s mandate. I’ll talk about non-traditional book clubs, our Harry & the Potters wizard rock concert (which drew 155 people), community partnerships, and how much fun your seniors patrons will have in a dating seminar.

This session will also touch on some of the marketing techniques we used to draw out these new patrons.

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Apr 27th, 3:20 PM Apr 27th, 3:50 PM

4D: Out of the Box Ideas: Appealing to the General Public While Aligning with Library Goals

IB 1014

Some of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library’s most popular adult programs and events have been ones that at first glance are unusual for a library. Dating seminars, rock concerts, and tea parties to name a few.

One of the TNRL’s core goals is providing resources for a lifetime of personal growth, learning and enjoyment, which is how I prioritize my programming. When determining what programs to run I have a rough guide of how many should focus on traditional educational value and how many are designed primarily to draw in new patrons.

Participants in this session will learn about some non-traditional library programs and events that appeal to the broader public and meet the library’s mandate. I’ll talk about non-traditional book clubs, our Harry & the Potters wizard rock concert (which drew 155 people), community partnerships, and how much fun your seniors patrons will have in a dating seminar.

This session will also touch on some of the marketing techniques we used to draw out these new patrons.