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Adult Library Services

Adult services is a wide-ranging area of library work. Your community of users - the ones you have, the ones you will have, and the ones you can have - will differ from one library to the next and one year to the next. 

Below are some broad topics under which there are resources for learning about some adults and how to meet some of their needs relevant to those themes. However, every adult has one thing in common: Their needs, wants, and experiences will fall into multiple of those categories.

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"How do I figure out what my community wants or needs?"

Population data

Community Dialogues

Research and Reports


Resources and Ideas 

Program Evaluation 

  • Project Outcome - Free evaluation toolkit for gathering survey data from programs to help libraries see what's working, what isn't, and learn what programs your community wants
  • Evaluating Library Programming workbook from the Connected Learning Alliance 

Research and Reports

Aging and Older Adults

Agencies and Organizations


Memory Care

Research and Reports

Workforce, Job and Career Development

Taxes and Financial Health 

Health and Wellness

Active Living and Healthy Community Resources

Agencies and Organizations

Research and Reports

Adult Literacy and Education 

Books and Other Materials for Adult Literacy

Tutor Training/ Adult Literacy Education

Colorado-Based Resources

National Resources

Research and Reports

Books and Readers Advisory 

One Book or Common Read Programs

  • Big Read - From National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Big Read offers libraries opportunities for grant funding of a common read program for your communities.

Readers Advisory Resources

Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

Opioids: Training and Information

Prescription Medication Safety

Agencies and Organizations

Research and Reports

Adult Library Services Consultant

Cristy Moran (she/ her/ ella) is the Adult Library Services Senior Consultant at the Colorado State Library and is eager to consult with and support you in program development and facilitation, outreach, finding resources, assessment and evaluation, and collaborating with community partners. She is a librarian, an educator, an instructional designer, and an information literacy specialist who has worked in libraries and education for over 15 years. In supporting all Colorado libraries (including public, academic, and special libraries), Cristy's role can best be described as the adult services librarian’s librarian for Colorado. 

Cristy Moran

Cristy Moran

Adult Library Services Senior Consultant
Colorado State Library
201 E. Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 720-926-2159
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