What to expect as a presenter/performer

Start the process to become a library presenter/performer by filling out the interest form

What kinds of programs are successful at the library?

We host library programs for kids, teens, adults, seniors, and families  including:

Snake demonstration at library event

  • Cultural workshops, performances, and lectures 
  • Programs featuring African American, Native American, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese cultures/languages. 
  • Performing arts (music, storytelling, theater, dance, and more)
  • Small business and workforce development
  • Digital literacy training
  • Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) workshops
  • Educational panels/presentations
  • Humanities programs which includes but is not limited to: history, literature, philosophy, art explorations, social sciences, law, civics, and archaeology. 
  • Seasonal activities and/or hands-on workshops

When and how will new programs be scheduled at the library?

Planning for library programs starts 4-6 months before the program will occur. Programming is planned in two-month cycles. 

  1. Submit program interest form by deadline (see below)
  2. Wait to hear if accepted (Not all potential presenters will be contacted)
  3. Meet with library programming staff
  4. Submit program proposal 
  5. Library location staff select program for their neighborhoods
  6. Programming staff schedules programs with presenters
  7. Library location staff contacts presenters to finalize details
  8. Program occurs and is evaluated
  9. Payment is sent ~30 days after program

Program interest form deadlines

Proposed program dates Interest form deadline
January–February 2019 September 1, 2018
March–April 2019 November 1, 2018
May-June 2019 January 1, 2019
July-August 2019 January 1, 2019 (children/family/teens)
March 1, 2019 (adult)
September–October 2019 May 1, 2019
November–December 2019 July 1, 2019

What you can expect in your meeting with programming staff?

We want to meet you in person to talk about how to make your idea into an engaging library program. Please come with ideas and skills you want to share. 
If you have presented or performed before, we will meet with you to make sure your program would be a good fit for Multnomah County Library. 
Please review the libraries priorities before you meet with programming staff. 

Fill out the interest form to start the process.