DIY Programming and Book Displays

How to Stretch Your Programming without Stretching Your Budget and Staff

by Amanda Moss Struckmeyer and Svetha Hetzler


Many libraries, especially smaller libraries, are stretched to the limit with cutbacks in both staff and programming dollars. Yet patrons flock to the library in even greater numbers, often looking for programs and activities. Happily, there is a solution that can meet the needs of all concerned.

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September 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 213
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
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This manual guides librarians in creating simple, affordable, ready-to-use activities for children, 'tweens, teens, and families, with enough material for a full year of programs.

Do-it-yourself programming is an emerging model in which the librarian does the preparation, then lets patrons take over. DIY Programming and Book Displays: How to Stretch Your Programming without Stretching Your Budget and Staff makes it easy for librarians to institute such programs in their own facilities.

Organized around 12 thematic chapters, the book explains how to set up and maintain a do-it-yourself station and offers instructions for a variety of year activities. Reproducible materials and booklists are included as well. Librarians may use the activities as starting points for generating their own ideas or they may simply photocopy materials in the book for ready-to-use, monthly DIY programming. Once set up, the DYI station is available to patrons anytime they are in the library. Best of all, because DIY programs do not rely on staff, space, or special materials, they allow libraries to make the most of their resources without sacrificing patron service.


  • Month-by-month organization, with two programs per month
  • Plenty of reproducibles to help librarians get DIY stations up and running in no time
  • Photographs or illustrations beginning each chapter
  • A thematic, annotated booklist for each chapter


  • Offers a one-stop guide to simple, easy, and affordable library activities for children, 'tweens, teens, and families
  • Provides flexible, monthly themes as starting points for librarians who can vary the themes—or not—as they wish
  • Contains virtually everything a librarian needs to get started, without costly materials or elaborate instructions
  • Suggests activities and displays that can each be adapted to various ages
Author Info

Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is youth services librarian at the Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI.

Svetha Hetzler is youth services librarian at the Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI.

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