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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 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

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.

"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."