Ask an Agent: Relevant/Trendy Program Ideas

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Question: I’ve hit a wall in programming ideas… trying to stay relevant with current trends & make a worthwhile program. Any ideas for fall 2016/winter 2017?


Emma (Brooklyn Public Library) says:

I’m a big fan of craft programs and makerspaces. I wouldn’t worry too much about trends and try to focus on smaller, low-tech programs to find things that will be easy for you to run and appealing to teens. I also like doing open-ended programs where teens can “opt in” with as little or as much effort as they want. Some things I’ve tried with good success: cute paper snowflakes, origami, notebook decorating. Mileage varies but altered books can also be a lot of fun if you have access to weeded or donated books to use.

Andrea (TSU) says:

Staying up with trends is the hardest thing for me, mainly because we plan 4 -6 months ahead! However, I’ve been trying to amp of my programming this session myself and here are some of the things I’m doing: Escape the Room (using breakout edu), Laser Tag (renting the guns), & Tour of a local pizza place (they also get to make their own pizza).


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