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Passive Programming: the New Frontier

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Kahla Amann

on 9 September 2015

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Transcript of Passive Programming: the New Frontier

What is Passive Programming?
Foster child/caregiver interactions
Increase participation
Encourage exploration
Less staffing
More initial prep work
Hands Off: Passive Programming
Elements to Consider
The New Frontier
With so much variety, you can jump in at any point on the passive programming spectrum to find a style that works for you and your customers.
Question of the Week
The Passive Programming Spectrum
Examples of Passive Programs
Let's Brainstorm!
Hands off!
Children and their caregivers
Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming by Emily T. Wichman. Book. Libraries Unlimited, 2012.
Younger kids need more assistance
Can be difficult for large groups of kids with few adults
Not great for unsupervised children
Customers not familiar with process
Tough to dress up in character!
Weekend Programs
Staff Recommendations
Scavenger Hunts
Bulletin Boards
Low customer commitment
Help us pick a theme for each piece of paper tacked to the wall. Start at any paper you choose, brainstorming with your colleagues for 3 minutes. When time is called, pick another theme paper.
Let's create some passive programs!
Dig In!
Take a look at some of the passive programs we have used recently.

Passive Programming Ideas by Kelly Jensen and Jackie Parker. Google Doc. https://docs.google.com/a/denverlibrary.org/document/d/1OBGwr9qm39WZ8s-l9tTNB5uNbQTC-Cel_G43X53RNq8/edit
Unprogramming: Passive Programming by the North Central Kansas Library System. Webpage. http://nckls.mykansaslibrary.org/programming/unprogramming-passive-program-ideas/
Once you have played around with ideas that work (and ideas that don't) please share! We're all blazing new trails together.
Encourage caregiver-child interaction
Increase attendance
Customizable (self-paced, self-guided)
Flexible program length
Walk away!
Keep coworkers in the loop
Create a welcoming space
Age range modifications
Check in periodically
Modifications for different ages
Presentation by Kahla Gubanich, Amy Seto Forrester & Warren Shanks
Children's Librarians, Denver Public Library
Created in 2014 (updated 2015)

Playing quidditch at Harry Potter Day
Superhero Training Academy's Bravery Test - Can you walk on the balance beam across the lava pit and save Charlie and Lola?
The intro station for the Who Stole the Cookies? forensics program
The croquet pitch for A Day in Wonderland with Alice.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
The Animal-ology clue sheet
One of signs from Choose Your Own Adventure 3D
TMNT: Passive Program for the Win by Erin Isinire. http://erinisinire.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/tmnt-passive-program-for-the-win/
Elephant and Piggie Day ALSC blog post by Abby Johnson. http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/08/elephant-and-piggie-day/
Program-a-looza: http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2015/07/program-a-looza/
Capitalize on trends
Rad Science
Big & expensive
Lots of hoops
Combo program
Combo Programs
Passive vs. Traditional
Also called self-guided, self-led, and individual programming
at a specific time
staff must be present
one-off programs

none of the above!
can work with a variety of ages, spaces, types of programs
Items get damaged, go missing
Gather feedback
Plan ahead
Hoping to attract new/non-customers
Time intensive
TPiB (Teen Programs in a Box) by School Library Journal. http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/tpib-programs/
Resident Assistant Passive Programs. http://www.residentassistant.com/passive-programs/
Pinterest (search for "passive program"). https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=passive+program
RAFT Colorado (Resource Area for Teaching): http://www.raftcolorado.org/
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