Unprogramming for Teens: Offering Engaging, Teen-Centered Programs
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This presentation was given as a breakout session at the 2013 Teen Volume Conference at Chicago Public Library.

This presentation was given as a breakout session at the 2013 Teen Volume Conference at Chicago Public Library.

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  • 1. Unprogramming for Teens: Offering Engaging, Teen-Centered Programs Amy Koester | The Show Me Librarian St. Charles City-County Library District Image from Flickr user static, creative commons licensed
  • 2. What is unprogramming? And how does it fit with teens at CPL? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  • 3. What is unprogramming? And how does it fit with teens at CPL? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  • 4. From CPL’s Mission: Working together, we strive to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. Image from Flickr user Creativity103, creative commons licensed
  • 5. From CPL’s Vision for our Future: Create a variety of new high-quality educational and cultural programming according to community interest and library capacity. Image from Flickr user Accretion Disc, creative commons licensed
  • 6. Why do YOU program with teens? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  • 7. The Unprogramming Potion ● ● ● ● ● Ice breaker Library tie-in Stations of stuff Social time Food Image from Flickr user grongar, creative commons licensed
  • 8. Teen Unprograms ● ● ● ● ● Chat & Chew Open Afternoons Theme Clubs Movie Events Zombie Homecoming
  • 9. Chat & Chew ● Ice breaker: Guess genre by cover ● Library tie-in: Lots of books on view ● Stations of stuff: Sticky note reading recs, book speed dating ● Social time: Round robin book talks ● Food: Coffee & donuts, Soda & chips Image from Flickr user t-dubisme, creative commons licensed
  • 10. Open Afternoons ● Ice breaker: Favorite YouTube videos ● Library tie-in: Books on crafting, videogames ● Stations of stuff: Duct tape crafts, board games, videogames ● Social time ● Food: Soda, chips & cookies Images from Flickr users ryanoshea and benjamin-nagel, creative commons licensed
  • 11. Theme Clubs ● Ice breaker: Memory game, Mad Libs prompt ● Library tie-in: Plenty of materials on view ● Stations of stuff: Watching/listening area, board game, candy sushi, music bingo ● Social time ● Food: Ramen & poky, Drinks & snacks Images from Anime Outsiders blog, Flickr users JennaLouisp and Keith Williamson, creative commons licensed
  • 12. Movie Events ● Ice breaker: Movie quotes, Cornucopia game ● Library tie-in: View-alikes, soundtracks ● Stations of stuff: Cups stacking, Hunger Games tasks, Fan art ● Social time ● Food: Soda, popcorn & cookies Images from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB
  • 13. Zombie Homecoming ● Ice breaker: Favorite zombie movies/stories ● Library tie-in: Zombie books for checkout ● Stations of stuff: Facepainting, zombie felts, dance floor, “Thriller” ● Social time ● Food: Punch, soda, gummy brains & snacks Image from Flickr user Mosman Library, creative commons licensed
  • 14. Getting in the Mindset ● Continual idea-gathering ● Talk with teens -- Teen Advisory Board ● Get comfortable with informality Image from Flickr user Alan Cleaver, creative commons licensed
  • 15. Start with Your Own Programs ● What worked? ● What did teens like? ● What will you keep in mind for future programs? Image from Flickr user Althewebmaster, creative commons licensed
  • 16. What’s in your basket of programming tricks? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  • 17. Resources to Get Started
  • 18. Resources to Get Started
  • 19. Resources to Get Started
  • 20. Resources to Get Started
  • 21. Resources to Get Started
  • 22. Share your ideas & successes! Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  • 23. Questions? akoester@stchlibrary.org @amyeileenk http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com Image from Flickr user static, creative commons licensed