In-Person Planning

The importance of in-person programming is clear in its absence. The absence or break of routine and continued education of children and young adults has been noted by the CDC to contribute to the social, emotional, and mental well-being that has been impacted by the pandemic (COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit – Early Childhood). Trauma faced at these developmental stages may have long-term consequences across their lifespan.

The benefits of in-person programming are numerous but include: 

  • Developing socialization and social skills in young children
  • Patron access to technology
  • Patron use of the library library

The negative effects of a lack of in-person programming are:

  • Possible delay in socialization skills or education gaps in young children
  • A lack of access to free, accessible programming and technology
  • A deterioration of mental health (Anxiety and Depression)