Search Help

Online slide presentation: In addition to the tips in this help file, a powerpoint presentation on searching the database is available for online viewing.

Downloadable slide presentation: This presentation has a few more slides and is geared towards presentations by library staff.

Gettting Started: Selecting a Region

Search a single region
Searching and browsing the database begins with selecting a region to search. The map on the main page outlines the nine regions and lists the counties in each region. Click on the map to select a region.
Search the whole state
You can also search the whole state from the Search All New York link just below the map.
Search multiple regions
You can search several regions of the state at the same time from the More Seach Options page. To get to that page select any region from the map on the main page. The next screen is the basic search screen and there is a link to the More Search Options just below the main search boxes.

Basic Search Screen

Search Tips

More Search Options

Each regional page has a link to More Search Options. This search page allows keyword searching of Program Name, Performer/Stage Name, and Program Description. Drop down menus provide limits by Program Category, Audience Level, Program Fees and Date Added/Updated. Check boxes let you select which Regions you want to search. The only requirement is to select a Region. You can use all the other search elements in any combination.


The New York State Performers and Programs database ( , serving public libraries in New York State is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.