Adult Programming: Start Here

Programming Processes are Undergoing Updates

Programming processes are currently undergoing updates. Please follow updates from Library Administration or your supervisor if they supersede instructions provided here.

Where do I start?

Have a great idea for a new adult library program at the Austin Public Library?

Excellent. Welcome to Adult Programming.

This Adult Programming Guide contains an outline of steps to take to help your program be approved and run smoothly. Please keep in mind that the Programming process is currently under review and being updated as you read through this guide.

Try the BETA Branch Program Checklist - please send feedback if anything is missing or could be updated. 

If you have questions after reading this guide, you can ask for additional help or clarification from:

The Office of Programs and Partnerships (AOPP)

The Adult Programming Advisory Team (APAT) and their leadership team - through FY19. 

Sharon Herfurth, APAT Advisor

Zarissa Cline, APAT Chair (contact for Adult Programming guide updates/corrections)

Ayne Ray, APAT Co-Chair

For more policy details, go to the Programs guide.

Most Used Programming Documents

Fronds of Glory: Flower Crowns & Boutonnieres - ASRP 2017

Fronds of Glory, Adult Summer Reading Program

Programming Literacy

 2020 Programming Themes

  Jan Feb March April May June
APL Themes 2020 Vision Black History Month/Genealogy Talk Green to Me Opera/Poetry Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Month Pride, Summer Reading
  July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
APL Themes Summer Reading Civics, Summer Reading Civics

Hispanic Heritage Month *Sep 15-Oct 15*

All Things Books

International Games Week Holiday

Adult Services Program Categories

1. Cultural Literacy

  • Books
  • Films
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Writing

2. Health Literacy

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Wellness
  • Cooking

3. Financial Literacy

  • Personal finance
  • Family budgeting
  • Small business development
  • Investment

4. Civic Literacy

  • Community engagement
  • Social debate
  • Civic instruction
  • Language practice

5. Digital Literacy

  • Computer classes
  • Maker programs
  • Technology and life
  • User education and protection