50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families: 12 Months of Ideas

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Public library programmers, marketers, and staff across the country have relied on their previous books for fun and engaging offerings that draw patrons in and keep them excited about visiting the library again and again. Now this team of best-selling authors is back with an all-new calendar of ready-to-go programs guaranteed to provide fun all year round. They also offer a series of themed programs specially designed for clubs, with pointers on hosting meetings of clubs and activities that compliment these gatherings. Best of all, their ideas are easily adaptable for a variety of participants, including tweens, teens, millennials, older adults, and families. Complete with planning lists, budgeting guidance, and marketing advice, this book includes

  • delightful programs such as Rememberlutions, Prom Formalwear Giveaway, Cooking with a Waffle Iron, Life Hacks for Living On Your Own, Preschool for Adults, Upcycled Friendsgiving, and many others;
  • club ideas like Parenting Teens, STEAM Club, 5K Club, Crafterwork, and Service Club;
  • suggestions of variations for different age groups; and
  • tips on building interest in the topic prior to the event using trivia and other free games.

Packed with an assortment of flexible ideas for youth, adults, and family engagement, this book’s programs will help cultivate enthusiasm for public libraries every month of the year.


Part I        A Year of Ideas
Chapter 1    January

  • Community Connections
  • Entrepreneur Fair
  • Game Design
  • Rememberlutions

Chapter 2    February

  • Floral Mood Boosters
  • Medieval Magic
  • More Mardi Gras
  • Salty and Sweet Fest

Chapter 3    March

  • Austenland
  • Green Everywhere: Indoor Gardening
  • Healthier Twists to Snacks
  • Teen Job Fair

Chapter 4    April

  • Creating Your Story
  • Investing for Beginners
  • Making Budgets Less Taxing
  • Prom Formal Wear Donation and Giveaway

Chapter 5    May

  • Basic Car Repair
  • Cooking with a Waffle Iron
  • Middle and High School Survival Strategies
  • Sing-Along Movie Night

Chapter 6    June

  • BBQ for Beginners
  • DIY Frozen Drinks and Desserts
  • Fun Fair
  • Road Rally / Scavenger Hunt

Chapter 7    July

  • Camp Nostalgia
  • Night under the Stars
  • Spelling Bee
  • Wonderful Wedding Series

Chapter 8    August

  • Life Hacks for Living on Your Own
  • Résumé / Cover Letter Writing (When You Don’t Have a Long Job History)
  • Superheroes IRL
  • Tabletop Game Night

Chapter 9    September

  • Healthy Eating and Meal Prep Tips
  • Night Out, In
  • Read at the Table: Delicious Book Club Variations
  • Time Management

Chapter 10    October

  • All about the Candy
  • Cosplay Event / Costume Design
  • Haunted Halloween Happenings
  • Preschool for Adults

Chapter 11    November

  • Coffee Shop Hop
  • Toastmasters / TED Talks / Public Speaking
  • Twenty Fast Appetizers and Desserts
  • Upcycled Friendsgiving

Chapter 12    December

  • Be Dazzling: Artistic Adornment for Amateurs
  • Destress—and Treat Yo’ Self!
  • DIY Dinner Parties on a Dime
  • Saturday Morning (at Night) Cartoons

Part II        Enjoyable Clubs That Inspire and Educate
Chapter 13    Books and Media Fun

  • Adult Graphic Novel Club
  • Book to Screen
  • Bucket List Book Club
  • Retro Movie Night
  • TV Tripping
  • Young Adult Books for Next Gens Club

Chapter 14    Parenting

  • Welcome to the Library: A Guide for New Parents
  • Parenting Teens
  • Power Parenting Program: Parent Nights

Chapter 15    Passions

  • 5K Club
  • Crafterwork
  • Foodies
  • Historical Activities
  • Retro Craft Club
  • Story and Performance Troupe
  • Writer’s Workshop

Chapter 16    Skills and Service

  • Community College Connection
  • Crafting for Charity
  • Job Skills
  • Service Club
  • STEAM Club
  • Tech Night

Chapter 17    Social or Game Time

  • Adults Facing Social Challenges
  • Gamers Guild
  • Trivia Nights


Amy J. Alessio

Amy Alessio is an award winning librarian with a black belt in karate. She has co-authored several programming books for ALA Editions, including 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editons, 2017). She has conducted several webinars for the American Library Association on programming. She reviews mysteries and romances for Booklist and has authored and edited several other works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a former board member for YALSA. She foists her passion for vintage food trends and retro crafts at local and national workshops and on her blog. She has over 1000 vintage cookbooks and still owns her 80’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Learn more at http://www.amyalessio.com.

Katie LaMantia

Katie LaMantia is a collection development librarian at Baker and Taylor. She previously worked as a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a former Teen Advisory Board member turned librarian. She is the co-author of the books Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017) and A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015). She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and 20s and 30s programming. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci

Emily Vinci is the fiction manager at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries as well as creating programming that targets patrons in their 20s and 30s. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and coauthored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs (ALA Editions, 2017), and Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018). A lifelong lover of all things pop culture and an avid collector, currently has more than two hundred copies of the Jurassic Park films on VHS and is always looking for more.

"Eager for a full year of rich programming but unsure where to start? Look no further than this collection ... A reliable source of ideas, especially for beginning programmers or those looking for a creative nudge."
— Library Journal