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Program Policy
The Abilene Public Library shall conduct programs, promotions and publicity to fulfill its mission in the community. All library programs shall be open to the general public, but some programs, may be designed with specific audiences in mind, i.e., children’s programs, toddler’s programs, and parenting programs. Programs targeted toward specific audiences will be publicized as such. Library-initiated programming is a library resource that provides information, education, and recreation to library users. Library-initiated programming utilizes library staff, books, library and community resources, resource people, displays and media presentations. The library often incorporates cooperative programming with other agencies, organizations, and educational institutions, as well as other resources, to communicate with library users. Library-initiated programs should provide “for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves”, as stated in Article 1 of the Library Bill of Rights. Selection of library programs topics, speakers, courses, classes, and resource materials should be made by library staff on the basis of the interests and needs of library users and the community. Library programming should not exclude topics, books, speakers, media and other resources because they might be controversial. Acceptance of a program topic by the library does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group’s or individual’s policies or beliefs. The library does not conduct programming that is purely commercial or religious in nature. Concerns, questions or complaints about library-initiated programs should be referred to library administration.

 

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