Programming Policy

A “program” is a planned interaction between the library staff and the program participants for the purpose of promoting library materials, facilities, or services, as well as offering the community an informational, entertaining, or cultural experience. The library does not conduct programming that is purely commercial or religious in nature.

Programming may include such activities as summer library program/reading club for children, story time, speakers for young adults, book or author discussion groups for adults, film showings, arts and craft programs, and any other enrichment activity for the community.

Presenters will not be excluded from consideration because of their origin, background or views or because of possible controversy; however, acceptance of a program or topic by the library does not constitute an endorsement of the group’s or individual’s policies or beliefs.

As with materials selection, library programming should not exclude topics, books, speakers, media and other resources because they might be controversial. 

Programs sponsored by the library are generally offered free of charge and are open to the general public. Some programs conducted by library staff may incur a materials fee to cover expenses that are significantly high relative to the library’s overall programming budget. Some programs presented by non-library staff may require an instructional or materials fee paid directly to the presenter. Some programs require pre-registration. 

Programs may be cancelled for a number of reasons such as severe weather, absence of the presenter or low registration. In the event a program is cancelled, efforts will be made to let the public know and registered participants will be notified. Cancelled programs are not automatically re-scheduled.

Still Photography and Videography

Attendance at programs sponsored by the library may be digitally recorded through photographs or video recordings. These images may be posted on the library’s website, on our social media accounts, on our website, in our newsletter, by local newspapers and media outlets, or elsewhere on the internet. Patrons not wishing their image to be published, should notify the library before or immediately after the program. No individual identification will be used unless the library has a signed parental consent photo release form for those under age 16.

Virtual or Online Programs

With increased use of the internet, the library has developed and participates in virtual or online programs. The nature of the internet makes it difficult to protect the privacy of patrons in open forums. Children under the age of fourteen (14) should ensure they have parental permission to participate in online library sponsored or affiliated programming. All participants, regardless of age, should use best practices when interacting with persons over the internet to ensure privacy and security.