Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIY Programming and Book Displays

Struckmeye, Amanda Moss and Hetzler, Svetha.  (2010). DIY Programming and Book Displays: How to Stretch Your Programming without Stretching Your Budget and Staff. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 978-1-59884-472-6.

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
(book description)