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Question: What passive programs have you found to work best with teens?
Randi (Fountaindale Public Library) says:
We have started a monthly Craft-on-the-Go using leftover program supplies. For example, we had two large bags of skull beads leftover from International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We created small kits using the skull bead, pony beads and jewelry cord as well as an instructional pamphlet. Teens could take them home or complete them at the library. We have done Mario paper stars, monster bookmarks, foam pins and much more. We usually go through 50 to 100 kits per month. It is nice because we use up our random supplies. We also have a coloring station. Very popular with the teens. We are always refilling our coloring page binder.
Andrea (TSU) says:
I did a year of passive programming in 2015 and here were my most popular ones: Would You Rather Questions, Caption This, & My Favorite Thing(s). I started to do passive craft projects this year, but ultimately ended up stopping them because I had patrons who were just grabbing several and running. However, the safety pin bracelets disappeared the fastest!
Pam (TSU) says:
Anything that involves Post-Its has been super popular. I’ve done Post-It Art (moderated, of course) and then displayed it. Favorite books or books you hate on Post-Its are also fun and very helpful for me when I’m doing collection development. I’ve also done some voting passive programs–for example, when Batman vs. Superman came out, I had them vote on who they thought should win and then posted the results on Facebook and Instagram.
Regina (TSU) says:
A passive program that I really didn’t expect to go as well as it did was paper memes! For Jim Henson’s Birthday, I provided teens with photos of Kermit making his trademark facial expressions and let teens make their own “My Face When…” and “That’s Not my Business Tho…” memes. It went over so well that I had to leave blank ones in the teen room for a few weeks after. This year, our library is turning 100, and we are building a yearbook passively. Each month, I ask a question about teen life and teens can drop their answers in a submission box. At the end of the year, I’ll put the book together in something like Shutterfly and have a “book signing” for our teen “authors”. Lastly, I have a few adult coloring books in the teen room for anyone who wants to color, an Etch-A-Sketch, Bop-It, and Simon. I know the noiser games aren’t ideal for libraries that don’t have enclosed teen spaces like ours, but I’ve seen so many impromptu Bop-It and Etch-A-Sketch challenges crop up in there, that I had to mention it!
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