Programming Policy


Grand County Public Library

Programming Policy 

The Grand County Public Library will present programs that are informa­tional, educational, cultural, and recreational to the citizens of Grand County. Library sponsored programs will often be presented in cooperation with other agencies and institutions as well as other public and private resources.

Programs will be planned to meet the interests and needs of community members. They will represent the library's philosophy of free access to information.  Programs will be selected based on community interest, library partnerships with community organizations and available library resources.  Program presenters and/or co-sponsors may be required to submit references from programs previously held at other libraries, book stores, etc. The ultimate responsibility for selection of library programs rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Board of Directors.

Library sponsored programs will be free and open to the public except as noted below.  There may occasionally be a materials donation requested by the co-sponsoring agency when these materials cannot be reproduced by the library due to copyright or other restrictions.  However, when there is a fee for materials, this fee will be stated up front, and should not exceed actual material costs to the presenter.  All materials to be used by a co-sponsoring body must be approved by the library before the scheduled program.  There may occasionally be a refundable deposit collected in order to reserve a seat at a library program.

The library sponsors programs of a noncommercial nature. Commercial enterprises and non-profits that disseminate generic information pertaining to their enterprise, but which may be used in a general manner by the public (e.g., a lawyer speaking on estates), will be considered as program subjects.  The purpose of all library sponsored programs must be information, educational, cultural and/or recreational rather than promotional.  Program co-sponsors are allowed to collect contact info for participants, but the sign up sheet may not be passed around as an “attendance” sheet and it must state at the top that by signing the sheet the participant agrees that they would like to be contacted by the presenter with more information.  Co-sponsors are allowed to pass out literature, but soliciting for donations, customers or any kind of fundraising is not allowed.

No individual or organization who presents a program at the library for public attendance is allowed to sell their product or services during their presentation or during their time at the library. Exempt from this may be authors or performers who come to speak about books they have authored or perform songs they have written or performed on video or audio. Before or after the presentation, the author, performer, or his/her representative may sell copies of the published or recorded work with the permission of the library.

Library staff plans library programs and makes them available to the commu­nity as a whole, but some programs, such as tours, may be given to des­ignated groups on request.  Advance ticketed programs are special events with limited seating.  Ongoing program series or classes may restrict participation and be limited in enrollment. Examples include computer classes and headstart programs.

Presentation at the library of any specific idea, strategy, financial plan, or investment does not constitute library en­dorsement. Organizations or business affiliation will be used by the library in our promotion of programs. This also does not constitute endorsement, merely acknowledgment.

Adopted by the Grand County Public Library Board, March 16, 2011 and re-approved on, May 17, 2012; October 17, 2013; October 23, 2014; October 22, 2015; March 29, 2017; and March 27, 2019.

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