Library Programming

Programs for Adults

California Civil Liberties Program

Model projects to guide civil liberties educational discussions and learning. State-funded

California Library Literacy Services

Resources to help public libraries deliver adult and family literacy programs. State and LSTA-funded

California Libraries Small Business Toolkit

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

Career Online High School

Scholarships for patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma through their public library. State-funded

First Partner’s Book Club

Recordings of virtual storytimes with California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom featuring books that highlight key values like diversity, self-love and acceptance.

Learn Now

Tools for adult learners including college test prep, ESL, how to apply to college, and basic computer skills. CARES funded

Ready Access: Reentry Services for Decarcerated Populations

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

Veterans Connect at the Library

A “digital duffel bag” of resources, training, and programming ideas to help public library staff support veterans visiting the library. LSTA-funded

Working Scholars

A pilot program helping public library staff obtain a bachelor’s degree. LSTA-funded

Programs for Children and Youth

Early Learning with Families

Resources to help libraries support the educational and socioemotional needs of young children, their families, and caregivers in their community. LSTA-funded

Lunch at the Library

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

Beanstack

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

California Center for the Book

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.

CopyCat Toolkits

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

Learning from the Pandemic: Mechanics of Post-Pandemic Programming

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

Makers in the Library

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

Online and Remote Programming Resources from California Public Libraries

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.

Search, Find, Make Up Your Own Mind

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

Summer at Your Library

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