A Year of Programs for Millennials and More

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Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. This handy guide specifically targets those on the cusp of the born-digital generation and their peers, offering up a year's worth of programming suitable for both public and academic libraries. Organized by monthly clubs or monthly themed events, a format that makes planning and execution a snap, this resource

  • Provides an overview of what those in their 20s, 30, and 40s want from libraries and how best to reach them
  • Gives tips for extending popular teen programs to older teens and those in their 20s
  • Presents start-to-finish programs sure to be a big draw, such as a "pub trivia" night, recipe scrapbooking meetup, retro craft club, old school gaming sessions, writer's workshops, and community college networking events
  • Shows how to program on a tight budget by making the most of the library's existing collection and resources
  • Offers tips on marketing, outreach, and followup

The fun and popular programs contained in this guide will help libraries become social and cultural cornerstones for the millennials in their communities.




Chapter 1    January

Fit Fair
Old-School Gaming
Great Reads and Treats for Book Clubs
Power Parenting: Adoption and Foster Care





Chapter 2    February

Un-Valentine's Day
Oscar Night
Mardi Gras
Hot Drink Mixology





Chapter 3    March

March Madness
Craft Brewing
Green Party
Seed Bomb and Terrarium DIY
Social Justice and Activism





Chapter 4    April

Poetry Reading Night
'80s Night
Spring Cleaning Sale
Curating Collectibles
Money Smart Week: First-Time Home Buyers





Chapter 5    May

From Canada to Mexico: Road Tripping across North America
Europe on the Cheap
'90s Night
Memorial Day Service Fair





Chapter 6    June

DIY Wedding and Shower Accessories
Farmers' Market Fair
LGBT Pride Month
Realistic Summer Reading and Media Programs for Adults





Chapter 7    July

DIY Decorating on a Dime
Quick and Easy Recipe Swap
Microwave Magic and Easy-Bake Oven Adventures
Literary Speed Dating





Chapter 8    August

Power Parenting: Ways to Work from Home
Power Parenting: Life in Elementary, Middle, and High School
Karaoke Night
Shark Week Celebration





Chapter 9    September

Gap Year Fair
Program for Adults Facing Social Challenges
Bonfire Night
Power Parenting: From Local Trips to Disney and Beyond—Tips for Traveling with Children





Chapter 10    October

Clutter Doctor
Power Parenting: Virtual College Tours
Fandom Frenzy
Throwback Halloween Night





Chapter 11    November

Recipe Scrapbooking
Holiday Spirit: Winery Tour and Tasting
Mystery Dinner
Delicious Reads
NaNoWriMo Kickoff and Weekly Write-Ins





Chapter 12    December

DIY Holiday Parties
DIY Holiday Gifts and Decorations on the Cheap
Museum Fair
Smart Tips for Self-Publishing





Chapter 13    Clubs That Keep Them Coming Back

5K Club
Young Adult Books for NextGens Club
Trivia Nights
Power Parenting Program: Parent Nights
Retro Craft Club
Retro Movie Night
Community College Connections
Writers' Workshop
Service Club

About the Authors



Amy J. Alessio

Amy J. Alessio is a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois. She writes and edits fiction and nonfiction, including two books coauthored with Kim Patton: A Year of Programs for Teens (2007) and A Year of Programs for Teens 2 (2011). Alessio's reviews have appeared in Booklist and Crimespree Magazine and on Teenreads.com. She served two terms on the YALSA Board of Directors and was honored in 2013 with the first Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award. Alessio is passionate about cookbooks; she presents programs about them and writes about recipes at Amy Alessio.

Katie LaMantia

Katie LaMantia is an award-winning teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. A former Teen Advisory Board member and current teen librarian and 20–30-something, she has a personal as well as a professional interest in serving the needs of this demographic. She has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and technology. When not running teen programs, tinkering with technology, and finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci

Emily Vinci is a popular services librarian specializing in adult readers' advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has interests in expanding library appreciation and knowledge of comics and graphic novels, as well as catering to hard-to-reach demographics such as the 20s and 30s crowd. A pop culture fiend, she is always looking for new ways to incorporate popular culture into the public library.

"This gem of a resource for librarians at public libraries will appeal to those designing programs with budget and staff constraints."
— Library Journal

"A good professional volume for public librarians, particularly those who are new to the profession and need some guidance on how to draw patrons in and keep them returning."
— Booklist

"This book takes on the best ways to get difficult-toreach patrons in their twenties and thirties into the door. Broken down by the months of the year, this book is organized with programs best suited to the weather and seasonal activities for each month. It is both a cute and effective strategy for those library programmers who might like the idea of a specific program, but are unsure of when it would be best suited to use."
— Catholic Library World

"A well-organized and easy-to-consult sourcebook."