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Programming Policy

The Calloway County Public Library sponsors informative and entertaining talks, demonstrations, audio-visual presentations, workshops, children’s story times and crafts, concerts, summer reading programs, and other special events for patrons of all ages including adults, young adults and children. Library programs are coordinated by the CCPL programming department. No fees may be charged to people attending library programs except with the approval of the library director.

Programs are selected by programming staff for their relevance to community needs and interest, popular appeal, and suitability for a general audience. Presenters are chosen for their proven expertise and public performance experience. Other factors considered are the availability of staff and meeting room, and budget. Suggestions for proposed programming events are always welcome and appreciated.

The Calloway County Public Library seeks to form partnerships with various community groups and institutions in the development and implementation of a variety of diverse programs and may seek to co-sponsor such programs with a wide mixture of community groups or organizations.

By making the meeting room available for programs, the Calloway County Public Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of a particular group, meeting, or idea presented at a program held in the library’s facilities.

The only items that may be sold at programs are books and recordings by authors and musicians. The performer must handle the sale of these items.

Some children’s programs may be restricted by age level. Registration is sometimes limited; waiting lists are taken.

Programs may be cancelled for a number of reasons, chiefly: severe weather, absence of the presenter, or low registration. Cancelled programs are not automatically rescheduled. CCPL story time programs will follow the Calloway County School System closings during inclement weather or hazardous road conditions. When the Calloway County School System is closed due to inclement weather and/or hazardous road conditions, story time programs will not be held even if the library is open.

CCPL promotes library programming through fliers, news releases, the library’s website, social media, and local radio and TV stations. Presenters may not publicize their programs without approval of the library director.

CCPL does not advocate or endorse the content and viewpoints of presenters and programs.

Book Club Guidelines

The Calloway County Public Library sponsors book clubs at the library and various community locations. CCPL Book Clubs are open to all interested adults. All CCPL Book Club attendees are encouraged to become involved in book selection and book discussion.

Calloway County Public Library Book Clubs reflect the diversity of adults attending. Individuals interested in attending CCPL Book Clubs should be interested in reading and discussing a wide variety of titles.

CCPL provides books for book club participants at no charge. These books are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. When supplies are depleted, interested participants are added to a wait list for a collection copy.
The programming department will work with groups or organizations to establish new book clubs in Calloway County. The programming head or other programming staff will attend, assist attendees, consider guidelines, select titles, and facilitate discussion.

These guidelines also apply to the establishment of future book clubs geared to the reading interests of teens and other age groups.

Storytime, Summer Reading, Children’s, and Youth Programming Guidelines

Storytimes, after school programs, summer reading programs, craft programs, special events, and specialized programming for defined age groups are offered at various times during the year at the Calloway County Public Library.

Children’s and Youth programming is normally conducted by a CCPL programming staff member, however guest presenters, speakers or musicians may also be scheduled.

Storytimes and other programs, such as the summer reading program, may be scheduled as a series of events taking place during an eight-week or shorter time span.

Children’s programs are often planned around the age of the participants. For example, a four-year-old child would be encouraged to participate in the preschool storytime planned for three to five-year-old children. A 14-month old child would join the Parents with Ones program designed for children under the age of two. Library materials and activities used during programming are also age appropriate.

A 30-minute storytime will normally include the sharing of one story. A 45 minute storytime will include the sharing of no fewer than two stories. The presentation’s format may include books, flannel boards, puppets, or a presenter telling a story using related props. Other activities vary but usually include finger-plays, movement, music, and simple crafts related to the stories.

Parental involvement, participation, and attendance are encouraged at all children’s events and programs. The adult who accompanies a child is required to remain in the library during a storytime or program designed for children under the age of six.

The Calloway County Public Library Board reserves the right to alter this policy without prior notice.