Programs for Adults
Model projects to guide civil liberties educational discussions and learning. State-funded
Resources to help public libraries deliver adult and family literacy programs. State and LSTA-funded
Resources for libraries to provide local economic support for business owners and entrepreneurs. Created by public library staff who participated in the 2020-21 State Library Leadership Challenge. LSTA-funded
Scholarships for patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma through their public library. State-funded
Recordings of virtual storytimes with California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom featuring books that highlight key values like diversity, self-love and acceptance.
Tools for adult learners including college test prep, ESL, how to apply to college, and basic computer skills. CARES funded
Resources to help libraries support prisoners who have been released from incarceration and return to the community. Created by public library staff who participated in the 2020-21 State Library Leadership Challenge. LSTA-funded
A “digital duffel bag” of resources, training, and programming ideas to help public library staff support veterans visiting the library. LSTA-funded
A pilot program helping public library staff obtain a bachelor’s degree. LSTA-funded
Programs for Children and Youth
Resources to help libraries support the educational and socioemotional needs of young children, their families, and caregivers in their community. LSTA-funded
Resources to help public libraries provide children and teens with free meals and learning and enrichment programs during the summer. State-funded
Programs for All Ages
A platform that enables public libraries to deliver summer reading programs online. Beanstack hosts content, tracks registration, and enables users to record their progress. CARES-funded
Toolkits, FAQs, promotional materials, and links to resources that help library staff develop and expand programs, such as Books to Action, that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups.
Thirteen toolkits created with the input of the library staff who successfully developed and implemented programming. The toolkits are designed to make it easy for libraries to “copy” and implement the programming for their communities. LSTA-funded
Guidance for providing programming after COVID-19, including virtual, hybrid models, in-person, and working with partners and addresses barriers, planning, and policy considerations. Created by public library staff who participated in the 2020-21 State Library Leadership Challenge. LSTA-funded
A toolkit providing a library-tested process for creating and sustaining a community-driven makerspace that is adaptable to a diverse range of libraries. LSTA-funded
A database of online and distance-friendly programming ideas contributed by California public library staff members. When library buildings were closed, library staff members met the needs of their communities in creative and resilient ways.
Resources and a white paper on positioning librarians as media literacy advocates and providers in California libraries. Created by library staff who participated in the 2020-21 State Library Leadership Challenge. LSTA-funded
Program planning resources, training workshops, a set of quality principles and indicators, statewide summer program outcome statements, and a framework and support for presenting outcomes-based summer programs. LSTA-funded