Programs for Adults
Great Ideas for Adult Programming
Job Interviewing & Resume Workshops
Contact your local community college job center. Many community colleges have outreach coordinators that will present at your library for free.
Bold Great Idea for Adult Programs: TechRx: Our experts, your sick computer -a free computer help workshop</h>This is a great program for public libraries. At the Stillwater Public Library, we teach beginning level computer classes each week, where we instruct folks on software programs and internet, but we do not have tech staff on hand to answer questions about PC hardware. Holding a one-time two-hour program dedicated to one-on-one computer assistance filled this need that we cannot provide for on a regular basis. I held the workshop on Saturday, March 10, 2007. In order to have computer experts, I tried to solicit help from local business owners who fix computers, the local IT departments from the <a href="www.okstate.edu">university</a>, the technical school and a computer corporation, but the interest was minimal. Our library is part of the City of Stillwater, and the head of our IT department and one of his crew members agreed to come give their expert help. The local newspaper, the <a href="http://www.stillwater-newspress.com/"Stillwater Newspress</a> wrote an article about the TechRx program the Sunday before it was scheduled to occur, and I asked that if anyone else was interested in helping, they call the library. The next morning, a gentleman called, who owns a computer business in Stillwater, called to volunteer as well as an undergraduate who works in the library in the circulation department who has interest in computers, and the husband of one of our librarians made up the team of experts. All tolled, there were 5 people available to help. The crew from our IT department brought diagnostic equipment of all sorts, and participants were encouraged to bring their own PCs for testing. A few people had problems that weren't hardware related, such as "how do I find a file" or "how do I delete this program"? The library provided monitors, power strips, headphones, floppy discs and CD-Rs, the meeting room, and refreshments [cookies, coffee and water]. Each participant was required to sign a release form that said they would not hold our library responsible for anything that happened to their computers, the experts gave follow up directions, each participant filled out a program evaluation, and was given a glossary of computer terminology from Michael Miller's book Easy Computer Basics, with author permission. The program was set to run from 11am-1pm, a come and go program, but we ended up staying until 2 because of great participation from the community. The experts were very cooperative, friendly, and professional, and the participants were very grateful that we could offer such a service free of charge. <h3>Bold Great Idea for Adult Programs: Altered Book Workshop</h> This is especially ideal for public libraries. At my library, we receive many book donations from the public, and our Friends of the Library accept most donations to sell. However, there are quite a few books that get tossed, but can be utilized by creative folks. What is an altered book? It can be as simple as painting or drawing on single book pages, or as complex as constructing furniture out of books. Here are some examples of what an altered book can be:
- travel journal
- photo album
- memory book
- tables set up into work stations for each activity (book choosing, painting, gluing, cutting, material gathering)
- snacks and drinks provided by the library (snacks made by volunteers, if possible)
- Welcome and introduction to significance of altered books, show examples: using MS PowerPoint
- Have at least one volunteer or library employee at each station (we had a 1.5 hour training session to introduce techniques prior to workshop date)
- coordinator serves as troubleshooter, answers questions, oversees and supervises
- safety precautions were emphasized heavily because sharp blades were used, and hot glue. A first-aid kit was nearby.
Blogs/Websites to Watch
EZ Library Program Database http://midhudson.org/resources/ezprogram.htm A searchable database of programs created by librarians for children and teens.
There is a flickr group for collecting photos from library events accross NJ: http://www.flickr.com/groups/njlibraryevents/
The description for the NJ Library Events group is as follows: This is a place where you can post pictures from NJ library events. NJ libraries are community centers or the "third place" where people come to gather. Whether our events have a small group of a couple of people or a huge group of thousands they have one thing in common ... community.