Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

Ways to Promote Adult Programming

Last week, I asked the Binge Thinking Collective (BTC) for myths about the library.  In a way to follow up with the Myth exercise, I am going to go over a few of the myths over the next few weeks and the tactical moves a library can make to help overcome the myth.

One myth that was sent to me numerous times in emails was that the library is only for children.  There is nothing for adults at the public library.   Why is this a myth?  How did it come about?  What can we do to overcome it?

One immediate action we can take is to better promote the adult programming in the library.  In my search on how to do this, I came across the All Things Adult Education Wikibook.  This wiki was created by students at Oklahoma State University as a way to better understand the unique needs of adult learners.  The whole wiki entry is worth a read.  However, within it, I found 35 ways that Lifeway, the Christian supply store, instructs employees on ways to promote adult programming.

  • 1. Identify and equip an “education advocate” in every congregation.
  • 2. Encourage celebration of educational achievement at every level.
  • 3. Create coalitions with other groups to promote educational issues.
  • 4. Encourage college students to serve as “educational ambassadors” .
  • 5. Provide training opportunities in cultural competency for program leadership.
  • 6. Offer summer intern programs to provide speakers for conferences to address educational opportunities/resources.
  • 7. Support parent involvement and parenting education programs in local communities.
  • 8. Honor teachers and tutors for their work.
  • 9. Encourage youth to enter the teaching profession and to volunteer as tutors.
  • 10. Tap into the desire for biblical literacy to motivate adult participation in literacy programs.
  • 11. Encourage teaching of basic character, civic virtues, and civic involvement.
  • 12. Advocate for health education and health literacy in your community.
  • 13. Support thoughtful reform of public education.
  • 14. Encourage mentoring of at-risk children, youth, and families.
  • 15. Advocate for adequate funding of public education.
  • 16. Advocate for lifelong access to education as a basic human right, rather than an “extra” to fund through alternative revenues such as gambling.
  • 17. Create motivational experiences for adults and children together (family literacy).
  • 18. Support preschool and family literacy projects such as Books for the Border.
  • 19. Use your church’s library in nontraditional ways.
  • 20. Begin an English as a Second Language ministry.
  • 21. Begin an adult literacy program.
  • 22. Help adults earn their GED.
  • 23. Provide citizenship education.
  • 24. Sponsor computer literacy classes.
  • 25. Host financial literacy instruction.
  • 26. Develop family literacy programs.
  • 27. Provide parenting classes.
  • 28. Affirm churches who are creatively and successfully advocating educational attainment.
  • 29. Develop networks and partnerships among congregations to address educational issues.
  • 30. Assist high school dropouts in re-engaging in school through networks with schools and adult education programs.
  • 31. Encourage dropouts to consider an adult education program to prepare for vocational training or further education.
  • 32. Build partnerships between churches and at-risk schools.
  • 33. Build a collaborative partnership with a local adult literacy program that has access to government funds for literacy.
  • 34. Support or begin a Reach Out and Read program in partnership with a local pediatric clinic. (See [1]
  • 35. Support local libraries including those in churches and schools.

I think we need to build a list for libraries.  My question this week to the BTC:

What are some ways for a library to promote its adult programming?

Written by amwlkaw

January 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Misc

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  1. Partner with local businesses to promote library programs that tie into what they sell/provide. Making certificates that thank the business, putting them in dollar store frames and delivering them to the business is a great way to promote the library because the business owners look at it like an “award” and hang it where the public can see it.


    January 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  2. The public libraries should ensure that the information available are rewarding to the society. The adults should be encouraged to approach the public librarians for help without fear and the librarian should be friendly to the public so as to enable the society to reach the libraries without difficulties.

    obonyo wycliffe otieno

    June 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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