Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

A Year of Programs for Millennials

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

A Year of Programs for Millennials

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A Year of Programs for Millennials. By Amy Alessio, Katie Lamantia, and Emily Vinci. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 216 p. Paper $49.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1332-1).

For librarians who wish to start or revamp their library programming for millennials, this book is full of excellent ideas. The book starts out with a discussion of who the millennials are as well as information about what patrons of various ages--from late teens to the 40s--want in a library program. The authors also share the story of how their own library programs geared towards millennials led to this book.

The book is divided by month, each with four or five programs. Each month begins with a short paragraph introducing the topics that will be covered in the programs. Each program is presented in a consistent format, including preparation time (shopping, marketing, etc.), an estimation of the length of the program activities, the optimal number of attendees, the suggested age range, a shopping list, setup activities (contacting speakers and marketing), making it happen on the day of the program, variations of the program for different ages groups or for virtual participation, and finally "power promotion," which gives tips and tricks to promote your program in different ways. …

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