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Shelf Raiders: Program Ideas from the Nonfiction Section

I thought it would be interesting to see if we could all come up with a list of ideas for programs based on Dewey classes. I know poor DDC has fallen out of favor, and I'm hardly its biggest defender myself, but using its structure could lead to some great ideas for programs for all ages (not limiting this to kids). Let's give it a shot:

Creating web pages and blogs
School visits to promote library
Encyclopedia Scavenger Hunts
Crafts with discarded magazines
Museum Visits or at least see if you can passes to check out
Unexplained phenomenon

Invite philosophy professor to speak
Ghost hunting
Secrets of successful students
Local haunted houses

History of The Bible or other religious texts

Local candidates forum
Mock election
Fairy Tales Party
Saving money, the stock market, budgeting, etc.
Manners & etiquette (throw a fancy tea party and teach kids about good manners)
Costumes of different eras
Career Day

Bilingual storytime
Spanish (for example) conversation group meeting at library

Food Math
Live animal visits
Gross Science
Science demonstrations (kitchen science, etc.)

Baby chicks at storytime!!!!
Sewing camp
"Trashion" show
Skateboarding demonstration
Babysitting class (include CPR but also the business aspects)
Cooking (have a chef demonstrate or make smoothies)
Pet Show
Ask a local vet to talk about his/her experiences
How to maintain your car

Thumbprint drawings
Photography class
Music appreciation program (play famous musicians from your state--Michigan has tons! Wikipedia is a great resource for this, as most geographic areas have a "notable persons from _______ section")
Talent Night
Altered Books
Any kind of craft
What student athletes need to know about being recruited for college
Anime club
Film club
Music lessons

Poetry readings
Open mic nights
Teen theater readings (pick monologues or improv situations)
Book discussions

Titanic program
Pirate Party
Local veterans could speak about experience in wars

Anything I'm missing? 


  1. 300s
    Bullying Prevention

    "Big Machines" event with tractors, dump trucks, fire truck, etc.

    Board and card games

    Creative Writing Clubs

    Pioneer Times Party (make butter, play games they had at that time, make small quilts, etc.) (or any other era)
    Around the World/Travel program
    History Players (we have local actors who will dress up as historical figures and talk about their lives as if they were that person)


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