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Library Programming Policy

Library Programs

The Harris-Elmore Public Library affirms that it is a forum for information and ideas, and that the following basic principles will guide its services:

• Books, programs and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials and/or programs should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

 • Materials and/or programs should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Library sponsorship of a program does not constitute an endorsement of the program content or the views expressed by the participants or speakers, any more than the purchase of material for the library collection constitutes an endorsement of the material content or its creator’s views.

Scope of Programs

As a part of achieving its mission, the Harris-Elmore Public Library regularly offers educational and entertaining programs for patrons of all ages. Library initiated programs benefit the community by:

• Being responsive to current interests

• Serving as a forum for idea sharing, information gathering and education

• Promoting cultural awareness

 • Developing information literacy

• Offering training and assistance with new technologies

• Fostering a love for reading and learning

• Providing early literary experiences to young children

• Fostering community awareness

• Providing entertainment

The library draws upon other community resources in developing programs and actively partners with other community agencies, organizations, educational and cultural institutions, or individuals to develop and present public programs. All library programs are free and open to the public.  Advance registration may be required for planning purposes or when space is limited.


Program Responsibility

Ultimate responsibility for programming at the library rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Harris-Elmore Public Library Board of Trustees.  The Director, in turn, delegates the management of programs to the Professional Staff who use their expertise, knowledge of the library’s collections, services and facilities in developing and delivering library sponsored programs.



Program Attendance

Attendance may be limited if the number of participants reaches the room capacity established by local fire code. When safety or the nature of a program requires it, attendance will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis or by pre-registration. Programs designed for specific audiences may have attendance restrictions or requirements based on age. Programs designed for a general audience have no age restrictions.

Reconsideration of Programs

The Harris-Elmore Public Library recognizes that many topics are controversial and that any given program may offend some patrons.  Program selection will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this program selection policy.

Responsibility for the exposure of children to library programs rests with their parents or legal guardians. Should a patron of Harris-Elmore Public Library take issue with a program, they are encouraged to contact the Library Director to arrange to discuss these concerns. Should that discussion prove to be unsatisfactory or fail to address the patron’s concerns, they may complete and submit a “Statement of Concern about Library Resources” form (available below and at all branches). 

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees 

June 10, 2024

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