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Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults
Audrey Barbakoff
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1391-8
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $49.00
 
 
 
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136 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1391-8
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: A, C

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There are a wealth of resources out there geared towards serving the needs of toddlers, school age children, young adults, and senior citizens. But something's missing. Library users in their 20s and 30s constitute one of the most underserved populations for public libraries, and there's a scarcity of guidance on how to target them. Barbakoff’s fun and practical programming book helps to fill that gap. A 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker who was also named one of Flavorwire’s “10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive,” she shows how to draw emerging adults to the library using a mixture of play and engagement and then keep them coming back for more. Packed with ideas that are real-world tested and approved, this guide  
  • examines the unique needs and expectations of millennials, many of whom are already avid readers and have the potential to become a core part of the public library user base;
  • presents easily adaptable programs that are fun for a variety of groups, from “Bad Art Night” and “DIY Hot Cocoa Mix” to “Library Speed Dating” and “Homemade Spa Products”;
  • features a range of events that move the library outside and into the community, such as hosting a book club in a bar, combining books and bikes, partnering with a commercial kitchen for a cookbook group, and a book-to-action program that uses book discussions as springboards to hands-on service projects;
  • offers advice for garnering funding and support by showing how to connect programming to the library’s fundamental values; and
  • provides tips for prep, setup, and teardown, plus pointers on marketing and outreach.
By taking the initiative to offer programming that appeals to emerging adults, public libraries help to make them life-long library users. It’s an investment that will reap benefits for years to come, and this book shows how to make it happen.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface


Part I    Get Dirty
Chapter 1    Homemade Spa Products
Chapter 2    Greener Cleaners
Chapter 3    High-Tech Holiday Cards
Chapter 4    DIY Hot Cocoa Mix
Chapter 5    Hypertufa Pots
Chapter 6    Bad Art Night

Part II    Get Out
Chapter 7    Book Group on a Boat: Ferry Tales
Chapter 8    Literary Pub Trivia: Books on Tap
Chapter 9    Book Club in a Bar: Books on Tap
Chapter 10    Cookbook Book Group: Eat Your Words
Chapter 11    Book-to-Action
Chapter 12    Book Bike: Spoke & Word

Part III    Get Together
Chapter 13    Dying for Love: A Library Murder Mystery
Chapter 14    Nerf Capture the Flag: Foam Dart Blaster Battle!
Chapter 15    Tabletop Gaming
Chapter 16    Story Night
Chapter 17    After-Hours Art Party: Night Light
Chapter 18    Library Speed Dating

Conclusion: Evaluation
Bibliography and Further Resources
About the Author and Contributors
Index

About the Author

Audrey Barbakoff is the adult services manager at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington State. For her innovative adult programming, she was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and one of Flavorwire’s “10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive.” She speaks and writes extensively on revitalizing adult programming, with a focus on emerging adults. Her articles have appeared in Library Journal, Strategic Library, and The Library Innovation Toolkit. She has presented at ALA, the Washington Library Association conference, and in various webinars.
Reviews

”Chapters are devoted to a specific program and include an analysis of the community need they serve as well as an outline of cost and materials, a process statement, suggestions for further reading, and, in the case of maker programs like homemade spa products or green cleaners, recipes … Provides an excellent entry point."
— Booklist

"I recommend taking the small amount of time necessary to read through this book. It is likely to change your thinking about how your library can best use programming to support your college's or university's goals for student success, persistence, and retention."
— Against The Grain
 
 

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