Benzie Shores District  Library


Programming is a fundamental component of library service that provides learning and entertainment opportunities to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community. We welcome expressions of interest from community members and experienced instructors who are interested in presenting programs at the Library.

If you are interested in presenting or suggesting a program at the library, please read through the following information and complete a submission form, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Please note that youth story times require several educational components that support early literacy initiatives to foster young readers. We are fortunate to have a full-time certified youth services librarian to provide literacy programs for children, therefore we do not accept proposals for story times.


Planning for Library programs begins three to four months before a program occurs. Community members wishing to propose programs for addition to the calendar of events should complete and submit a program proposal form (link to form below) prior to the following deadlines.

Winter (January 1 - March 31st): Submission Deadline September 1
Spring (April 1 - May 31): Submission Deadline January 1
Summer (June 1 - August 31): Submission Deadline April 1
Fall (September 1 - December 31): Submission Deadline June 1

Conflicts of Interest
The purpose of Library programs should be educational, not promotional. Presenters shall not actively promote their businesses during library programs. Brochures, flyers and business cards may be made available to attendees at an informational table but should not be included in presenter handouts.

Authors and performers may sell their books, DVDs, etc. at Library programs. The Library will not provide staff support for the selling of materials.

Performance of copyrighted works without proper licensing is a violation of copyright law. Performers and musicians who use music or other copyrighted materials in library programs should only use music or material for which they have permission to use; however they intend to use it. It is the performer's responsibility to ensure that proper permission/licensing is obtained.

Images, audio, and video
Presenters grant permission to the library for any images, video, or audio from the event taken by library staff for library promotional purposes. Programs may be recorded in their entirety and reposted to social media platforms of the library's choosing in perpetuity or for an agreed upon time.

I have read the above guidelines and am ready to submit a PROGRAM PROPOSAL.