Pop Goes the Library

Pop Culture Programming Year Round

At least half of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community is related to programming: Chapters 7 and 8, “Programming that Pops” and “Pop Programming Year-Round: Pop Goes the Year.” This emphasis on programming reflects two of our own biases: first, our backgrounds in public libraries, which involved a lot of programming; and second, a belief that the library is the center of the community, and being a part of the community means active involvement, which means programming.

Regardless of the program, programming means knowing – or getting to know – your community. What type of program should you schedule? You’ll only know that when you know what your community wants and needs. You can’t effectively promote that program unless you know where your community gets their news. Programming does not happen in isolation. It’s a key part of your library’s community-serving ecosystem.

Because we are big advocates of not reinventing the wheel, preferring instead to see someone else’s wheel and deciding how to make it work for our libraries, Chapter 8 was all about seeds – seeds of ideas to use to either develop programs or get ideas for other programs. So, for example, for May, those seeds were detailed information about Cinco De Mayo, Gardening, and Victoria Day; and a list of other May dates such as Free Comic Book Day, the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day – well, you get the picture.

What kind of programs do you have planned for this Spring & Summer? What’s worked for you in the past? What hasn’t? We’d love to hear all about programs great & small, successes & epic failures! Share your responses in the comments or holla at us on Twitter: @sophiebiblio & @LizB.

Editor’s note: Today is Liz’s blog’s 8th birthday! Stop by her blog to wish her well on her success!

Congratulations, Liz!

Rob Colding.



About Liz Burns

Elizabeth Burns is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community. She is a youth services consultant for a network library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and hosts the School Library Journal blog A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy.

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