Programming Policy

The Augusta County Library offers programs that extend the mission and vision of the library for patrons of all ages. A wide variety of programs will be offered to support the library’s mission: to learn, to explore, to enjoy, to create and to connect with each other and their community.

All programs are free and open to all individuals in Augusta County and surrounding areas. Some programs may require pre-registration and/or be advertised for specific ages. Programs are generally offered on a first come, first served basis. Space restrictions or program requirements may limit the number of people who may attend. Library sponsored programs may be offered on or off-site at the discretion of the library.

The library cooperates with and encourages other agencies, organizations and individuals to present programs that further the library’s mission. The library will select and plan programs with input from community needs and responses. The following criteria will be considered by staff in making decisions about program topics, speakers and performers:

  • Community needs and interest
  • Availability of space and staff
  • Presentation quality
  • Treatment of content for intended audience
  • Presenter background and qualifications
  • Historical or educational significance
  • Connections to other community programs, exhibitions or events
  • Relation to library collections, resources, exhibits and programs
  • Budget

Presenters may not solicit business before, during or following a program. Performers and authors may sell copies of their published or recorded work. At the discretion of the Director and Library Board, fundraising events that benefit the library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, may be permitted.

Presentations at the library by any groups or individuals should not be considered evidence of the library’s endorsement of the ideas expressed in the programs.

Adopted by Library Board 01/19/11, revised 09/20/2018