The library supports its mission of connecting people with each other, the community, and the world by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities for information, learning, and entertainment. The purpose of library programming is to
- Promote library resources
- Provide opportunities for lifelong learning
- Provide entertainment and community connections
- Expand the visibility of the library
The following criteria is used in making decisions about program topics, speakers, and accompanying resources:
- Community needs and interests
- Availability of program space
- Presenter background/qualifications in content area
- Historical or educational significance
- Connection to other community programs, exhibitions or events
- Relation to library collections, resources, exhibits and programs
In addition, the library draws upon other community resources in developing programs and actively partners with other community organizations and individuals to co-sponsor programs. Professional performers and presenters that reflect specialized or unique expertise may be hired for library programs.
The library does not knowingly discriminate through its programming. Performers and presenters will not be excluded from consideration because of their origin, background, or views, or because of possible controversy. Library sponsorship of a program does not constitute an endorsement of the content of the program. Views expressed by participants, speakers, and resources are not excluded from programs because of possible controversy.
All library programs are open to the public. Events may be limited to a specific age group. Parents or guardians of children under the age of 7 are expected to remain in the building during programs. Some programs may require parents or guardians to remain with children for the duration of the program.
A fee may be charged for certain types of library programs. Registration may be required for planning purposes or when space is limited. Programs are not used for commercial, religious, or partisan purposes or the solicitation of business. Any sales of products at library programs must be approved by the library director.
The library director has the ultimate responsibility for program development and will make decisions based on recommendations from staff members who have program responsibility.
Adopted 03/06; Reviewed 2/12; Revised 8/17; Revised 4/21