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Adulting CAN Be Fun: Reaching Out to Grown-up Library Users 
Sponsor: Public Libraries Division

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 7:50-8:50 am
Location: Salon O


Session Description:
Planning adult programming can be tough. The library provides a wealth of free information and entertainment for all ages, but let’s face it: adults are busy, often pulled in many directions by a schedule full of commitments. How can librarians reach out to adults and pull them in the direction of the library? How can libraries reach out to our community through creative programming that becomes a priority for grown-up library users? This program will help librarians find new ways to revamp adult programming to not only spark customer interest, but see interactions through to the end. A panel of public library managers and librarians will touch on all different facets, including: 

  • Challenges of reaching and engaging adults
  • Incorporating new technology into programming; 
  • Moving from computer classes to a one-on-one model (Schedule-a-Librarian); 
  • Booking effective presenters (both on a budget and if money is no object); 
  • Identifying and creating meaningful partnerships
  • Marketing programs in and outside the library
  • Daring to try new ideas and revisiting old topics that may have flopped in the past
  • Focusing on quality over quantity, for both programming and attendance
  • Stories of triumph and utter failure
  • Resources for all of the above mentioned topics.

Kelly SitzmanKelly Sitzman is the Branch Manager of the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library. She has served in a variety of roles with the Pioneer Library System since 2013, including the position of Information Services Manager, overseeing Adult & Teen services. In this role, Kelly helped revamp the existing programming model at SOKC, working closely with staff, customers, and community members to offer programming that fit the community’s needs.

Aaron GrayAaron Gray is the adult services librarian at the Ponca City Library. A 2014 graduate of the SLIS program at the University of Oklahoma, Aaron has been working in libraries for 5 years, serving previously with the Pioneer Library System and the Ponca City Public School district. She got her start in the field by covering the many activities of libraries for the newspaper for which she wrote. Aaron has previously served on the OLA Recruitment and Retention Committee-- acting as a sponsor for Camp Matrix—and is currently on the newsletter team for the Oklahoma Librarian. Aaron believes in the role libraries play in building and connecting communities and most enjoys the people side of the job-- customer service, programming, outreach, and team management. She reads mostly realistic fiction and non-fiction.

Jill McFallJill McFall is the adult programmer for the Edmond Library with the Metropolitan Library System. She is a lead librarian and the Editor of the Oklahoma Librarian. Jill is an advocate of information freedom and seeks new ways to engage her community with contemporary technologies, expose them to alternative experiences and spark their interest in supplementary skill sets.


Aiden StreetAiden Street is a Regional Coordinator for the Pioneer Library System. She is the Branch Manager for the Moore Public Library and supervises the Branch Managers for the Southwest OKC, McLoud and Tecumseh public libraries. Since joining PLS in 2001, she has also worked as a County Coordinator, Outreach and Business Services Supervisor, Norman Library Branch Manager, Children’s Dept. Manager, and Teen Services Librarian. Street was recognized as a Change Agent for the 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker awards for her work with 3 Smart investing @your library® grants, support for academic achievement in public schools and disaster relief efforts.  She was a featured program presenter at PLA in 2016 and is a recipient of the 2014 OLA Special Projects Award for fundraising efforts for school libraries after the May 2013 tornado. Street also represented Pioneer at the 2014 Urban Libraries Council Innovation Awards. Her professional involvement includes membership and various committees for ALA, PLA, and OLA since 2003. Aiden was a member of the 2015-2016 PLA National Program Committee. She is a past graduate of the PLA Leadership Academy, the MPLA Leadership Institute and OLA Gold. Her community involvement includes past President-Women of the South OKC civic club, Earlywine YMCA Council Member and volunteer with the Moore Public Schools Foundation Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and the City of Oklahoma City Municipal Leadership program as well as Leadership Moore and Team South for the SOKC Chamber of Commerce. She received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. Since 2001 she has also volunteered on the visual staff with the marching band, color guard and winter guard programs at Moore and Southmoore High School.

Jackie KroppJackie Kropp is the Programs and Outreach Coordinator for the Western Plains Library System.  She was with Pioneer Library System for 7 years previously. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her M.L.I.S. and M.A. in History of Science. An active member of OLA, she has served on the Continuing Education committee for four years, three as chair. She is currently the chair of the ITRT.  She is an alumnae of the 2009 OLA Gold class.  She loves books about science (especially those with obscenely long subtitles) almost as much as she loves romance novels. 

Leslie Langley is the manager of Wister Public Library and the Northern Regional Coordinator for the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma.  She has almost 3 decades of experience planning public library programs for people of all ages in rural Oklahoma.

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