Barbershop Quartet - $300 (Deerfield) - used Beyond the Page grant
Polka accordian show and history of Polka - all ages - (Black Earth)
Chocolate tasting (McFarland)
Chocolate and tea tasting (Deerfield) - speaker spoke about tea - from Tea House in Madison? - she didn't want to be paid!
Jennifer Reddel (DNR) Bat program (LaValle) - she was free for LaValle's program but she may charge an honoraium
Passive programming (McFarland) - monthly theme-based quiz-o-matic or guessing game for prizes
Passive programming (Sun Prairie) - Blind date with a book using brown paper with barcodes. Put hints on the bags
Mark Moran Antique Appraisal - $400 presenter fee, or a charge for patrons as fundraiser (multiple libraries have had him)
Crafternoons (Brodhead) - once monthly
Library Poker/Tub Run (Black Earth and other libraries) - had 10 participants. Want to keep trying it and maybe it will take off? Did require registration. Possible that all of the logistics made it more challenging.
Strawberry Program (Reedsburg) at start of strawberry season on a Saturday morning by Phyllis Both - did lots of PR - only 6 showed up.
Gardening Series (McFarland) - sometimes has 40 people sometimes has nobody. Programs related to seed gardening/seed library haven't been successful yet. They require registration for ALL programs. Seems to improve attendance.
Shakespeare birthday party and fundraiser (McFarland) - only 6 attednees. Failure turned to success...received a large donation as a result.
Muslim Journey speaker "Hajj" Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca (Brodhead) - only 3 attendees
Christmas card swap (post-holiday)
Count program participation for passive programs by number of slips collected for a drawing
Spine poetry contest
Build a program around a local group that meets and instead have a program of interest to them at your library
Mushroom collecting (and fairies!)
Iceage Trail speakers
Emerald Ash borer speaker (Deerfield - through Public Works municipal grant)
Book "survivor" for books that might be withdrawn - have the patrons vote on what to keep
Adult spelling bees (currently being done in Sun Prairie and libraries around Madison) as a fundraiser - Google it for different ideas. Use white boards and teams to spell by writing instead of orally. Joke prizes such as alphabet cereal and soup; real prizes and tropies.
SCLS programming within our own libraries - market ouselves and our talents & expertise in programs?
Wisconsin Society of Ornithology has a speaker's bureau
Canning & preserving UW Extension
Bat lady @ DNR
Iceage Trail speaker
Mark Moran Antique Appraiser
Chad Lewis - paranormal guy
WI author Art Rathburn will visit book clubs
Beyond the Page - humanities based programming at libraries in Dane County only - $30,000 available next year
Good Idea grant - Sauk County - monthly dispersement of funds
Use Deb Haeffner whenever possible for flyers
Use bookmark advertising
Large events calendar
Multi-faceted advertising is necessary: newspaper, facebook, web, flyers posted around town and at library, word of mouth at community groups and retirement homes, board members, Friends members, e-newsletter if you have one, flyers or calendars in the bathrooms, staple flyers into newspapers, local access channel, local radio
For local access, do a powerpoint slide, save as jpeg, and send to your station (contact your Village for contact info -- the cable co. is supposed to provide a local station)
Offsite clubs - senior center, books on tap, etc.
Teen club during lunch
Morning book clubs (Reedsburg) - two per week - one is lighter; one is meatier
Books and wine - no permit - BYOW after hours in meeting room (Deerfield)
Sunday night book club when library not open (Deerfield)
Display extra books you've put holds on to checkout to patrons not in book club
Snail mail club (McFarland)
Thank you card club (Mt. Horub) - leader provides note cards and stamps; people come in to write letters. She mails them too.
lunchtime Badger Book Club (DeForest) - only WI authors and books set in WI
Science Fiction Fantasy club - a second group for teens and adults (Columbus) - run by director
Romance book club (Sun Prairie) - run by the clubbers
Book club questions printed out and available with the book display (Reedsburg) - regular club is called "Titles and Tea"
Culinary Book Club - no one in our group has tried this yet but it sounds interesting
Cook Book Club / Potluck Club
Bake brownies before programs!
Skyping or phone calls with authors during book club
Use SLIS students to lead discussions
Pass a basket of questions around to ask or answer
Something for folks to do with their hands while book discussion is going: e.g. doodling, coloring, legos, etc. Works very well for teens, too
Big Reads by library or community - e.g. Orphan Train (Mt. Horeb) - programs: Clark Kidder presentation, book dicussion, genealology class; Sun Priaire did Seed Folks and did 8 months of programs ending with the author presenting at the high school. Friends groups bought the books to give away; Reedsburg is doing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Themed baskets for adult summer reading prizes (Reedsburg) - baskets on display for everyone to see. Friends paid for the twelve baskets. Adults submitted punch cards for every 5 items read to enter to win a baskek. They could specify the basket they were trying to get.
Flyswatters with library logo
Dollors earned to purchase prizes in a store