Program Policy

Program Policy

The Wilmington Memorial Library supports its mission of enriching life in the community by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities for information, learning, and entertainment.

Ultimate responsibility for programming rests with the Library Director, who in turn, delegates program management responsibility to the Assistant Library Director, the Adult Services Librarian, the Children’s Services Librarian, the Teen Services Librarian and other designated staff.

In developing and delivering programs, the library staff utilizes staff expertise, collections, equipment, and facilities. The following criteria are used in making decisions about program topics, speakers, and accompanying resources.

  • Community needs and interests
  • Budget and cost of program
  • Space required for program
  • Presenter background/qualifications in content area
  • Relevance/appropriateness of program to library’s mission
  • Staff time

Anyone interested in presenting a library program may submit a proposal that will be reviewed according to the above criteria. The library’s philosophy of open access to information and ideas extends to library programming. Library sponsorship of a program does not constitute an endorsement of the content of the program or the views expressed by participants, and program topics, speakers and resources are not excluded from programs because of possible controversy. 

The library is dependent on the Friends of the Library as a major source of funding for library programs. Library staff who present programs do so as a part of their job. In addition, the library draws upon community resources in developing programs and attempts to partner with other community organizations, educational and cultural institutions or individuals to present and/or co-sponsor programs.  The library also utilizes various grants to support program offerings.

All programs at the library are open to the public and normally offered free of charge. A fee may be charged for certain types of library programs, such as where there is a cost for materials to participate in the program. Tickets may be sold for special library events.

Performers or authors may sell books or CDs as part of a library program. Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library may include the sale of merchandise as a fundraiser to benefit the library. Sale of any other products at library programs is not permitted unless authorized by the Library Director or designee. Programs are not used for commercial, religious or partisan purposes or for the solicitation of business.

Due to space limitations or due to the nature of the program, attendance at programs may be limited. Registration for programs may be done on the library’s web site calendar of events, or by calling or visiting the library. Some library programs do not require registration.  In some cases, the nature and success of a program may require a limited attendance based on age, for example, programs intended for children and teens that are geared to their interests and developmental needs. 

Approved by Board of Library Trustees 5/18/10