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The Burlington Public Library provides programs as an integral part of its services in order to further the library’s mission to give opportunities to people of all ages to connect, learn and imagine. Programs are designed to promote library resources and services and to fulfill the library’s role as a community center for lifelong learning. Programs provide for the “interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves” as outlined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.
All programs sponsored by the library are open to the general public, with age and space restrictions applying as advertised for individual programs. Registration may be required when space is limited or to assist with planning purposes. Fees to cover materials or meals may be charged with approval of the director. Special requirements for grant-sponsored programs will be followed as required.
Programs may be developed and led by library staff, made available through partnerships with other organizations, or be presented by hired performers. Presenters affiliated with a commercial enterprise may provide general knowledge without promotion of a business resulting in potential profit. The only items that may be sold at programs are books or recordings created by the presenters/performers. These sales must be approved by the director.
Customers may suggest topics or presenters to be considered for future programming. Library programming will not exclude topics or speakers because they may be controversial. Likewise, a program does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the presenter’s content or views.
Outreach programming held outside the library is provided to increase equity of access and promote library services. These programs include storytimes at local preschools, booktalks at middle schools, presentations to community groups, and other opportunities as they arise.
If a customer questions a library program, he/she should address the concern with the library director. Customers who wish to continue their request for review of a library program may submit a Request of Reconsideration form which will be considered in the same manner as requests regarding library materials as outlined in the Collection Development Policy.
Adopted: February 20, 2013