Programming Materials

Relatively few people in crisis seek out library services so outreach so indirect mechanisms become a critical tool. Raising general public awareness through exhibits generates discussion within the wider community. Individuals in these situations also see the library's committment to helping them.

Developing Exhibits and Book Clubs

These materials provide customized advice on creating exhibits (doc/ pdf) about sensitive personal crisis situations.

  • Suicide prevention flyer (doc/pdf) Flyer with tear-off contact information for the suicide prevention hotline
  • Generic tear-off flyer (doc/pdf) Generic flyer with tear-off
  • Substance abuse flyer (doc/pdf) Flyer with tear-off contact information for the substance abuse hotline
  • Quotations (doc/pdf) and resources for images can be used for exhibits or other materials.
  • Sources for free images (doc/pdf) May also be useful in exhibit preparation. Taking these exhibits around your community, perhaps in churches or malls, can bring the library into people's lives.

Book Club Support

  • Starting a book club (doc/pdf)
  • Selecting a book (doc/pdf) You may also wish to consider the books listed in our bibliographies on various issues of concern
  • Discussion questions (doc/pdf)

Hosting Programs in Your Library

The public library is an important community meeting space and, in some cases, a source of income. Community social service groups may not be aware of the library's meeting space or programming opportunities. Setting aside a small number of meeting dates or programs for these community needs can raise the library's community profile and meet the needs of an often underserved segment of that community.

  • Creating programming on social service topics (doc/pdf), such as domestic violence
  • Maximizing space in your library (doc/pdf) for such meetings
  • Social media for libraries (doc/pdf) Tips on using social media tools to promote your library and programs


Several excellent job search resources have been created by Ronald Pollock, former Director of Career Services at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

  • Creating resumes (doc/pdf)
  • Interviews and thank you letters (ppt)
  • Resumes and cover letters (ppt)
  • Tips for career fairs (doc/pdf)

Life Skills

  • Testimonials (doc/pdf) For demonstrating why information resources are so crucial to those in periods of crisis
  • Computer hardware worksheet (doc/pdf)
  • How to sign up for Gmail (doc/pdf)
  • Spreadsheets (ppt)
  • Navigating web sites (doc/pdf)
  • Word processing with Google Docs (doc/pdf)
  • Cyber-safety tips (doc/pdf) Some basic best practices for anyone using a computer, and particularly the Internet.
  • Browser basics worksheet (doc/pdf) Intro to using Internet Explorer
  • Computer terms and file formats (ppt)
  • Exploring Google worksheet (doc/pdf)
  • Internet basics (ppt)

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