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CALCON - Passive Programming: the New Frontier

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Transcript of CALCON - Passive Programming: the New Frontier

What is Passive Programming?
Foster child/caregiver interactions
Increase participation
Encourage exploration
Benefits
Less staffing
Challenges & Tips
Plan ahead: gather/buy/borrow materials
Hands Off: Passive Programming
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
Let's Brainstorm!
Who:
What:
When:
Where:
Why:
Hands off!
Children and their caregivers
Anywhere!
Anytime
Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming by Emily T. Wichman. Book. Libraries Unlimited, 2012.
Resources
Younger kids need more assistance
Put multiple activities in one space: easier for unsupervised kids and large groups
Welcome customers with signage, music, intro table, dry erase board
Tough to dress up in character!
Puzzles
Weekend Programs
Staff Recommendations
Scavenger Hunts
Bulletin Boards
Reusable
Halloween is coming up! Let's brainstorm some ideas. Shout out your ideas or add them as a comment to our blog post:
http://tinyurl.com/qxdpokt
Let's create some passive programs!

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/
Displays
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
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 croquet pitch for A Day in Wonderland with Alice.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
The Animal-ology clue sheet
One of the signs from our 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
Combo Programs
Passive vs. Traditional
Traditional:
at a specific time
staff must be present
one-off programs
Passive:

none of the above!
can work with a variety of ages, spaces, types of programs
Check supplies & keep extras
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/

Raise your hand if you've used passive programming at your library!
http://tinyurl.com/qxdpokt
Outcomes
1) Define passive programming and differentiate between traditional and passive programming.
2) Evaluate a physical space and a target audience to identify appropriate types of passive programming.
3) Design passive programs that encourage self-guided learning and child/caregiver interaction.
Questions?
Contact Us
Amy Seto Forrester
aforrester@denverlibrary.org

Kahla Gubanich
kgubanich@denverlibrary.org

Warren Shanks
wshanks@denverlibrary.org
Denver Public Library
Central Children's Library
720-865-1306

Setup for our Who Stole the Cookies? forensics program
Our "Look What We're Reading" bulletin board
Tossing pumpkins at the Halloween Party
Question of the Week examples
Low customer committment
STEM!
Choose a space within line of sight or earshot
Have a completion prize to track attendance & gather feedback
Keep coworkers in the loop
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