Unprogramming for Teens:
Offering Engaging, Teen-Centered
Programs
Amy Koester | The Show Me Librarian
St. Charles City-Co...
What is unprogramming?
And how does it fit with teens at CPL?

Image from Flickr user mrxapoh,
creative commons licensed
What is unprogramming?
And how does it fit with teens at CPL?

Image from Flickr user mrxapoh,
creative commons licensed
From CPL’s Mission:
Working together, we strive to provide equal
access to information, ideas and knowledge
through books,...
From CPL’s Vision for our Future:
Create a variety of new high-quality
educational and cultural programming
according to c...
Why do YOU program with teens?

Image from Flickr user mrxapoh,
creative commons licensed
The Unprogramming Potion
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Ice breaker
Library tie-in
Stations of stuff
Social time
Food

Image from Flickr user ...
Teen Unprograms
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Chat & Chew
Open Afternoons
Theme Clubs
Movie Events
Zombie Homecoming
Chat & Chew
● Ice breaker: Guess genre by cover
● Library tie-in: Lots of books on view
● Stations of stuff: Sticky note r...
Open Afternoons
● Ice breaker: Favorite YouTube videos
● Library tie-in: Books on crafting, videogames
● Stations of stuff...
Theme Clubs
● Ice breaker: Memory game, Mad Libs prompt
● Library tie-in: Plenty of materials on view
● Stations of stuff:...
Movie Events
● Ice breaker: Movie quotes, Cornucopia game
● Library tie-in: View-alikes, soundtracks
● Stations of stuff: ...
Zombie Homecoming
● Ice breaker: Favorite zombie movies/stories
● Library tie-in: Zombie books for checkout
● Stations of ...
Getting in the Mindset
● Continual idea-gathering
● Talk with teens -- Teen Advisory Board
● Get comfortable with informal...
Start with Your Own Programs
● What worked?
● What did teens like?
● What will you keep
in mind for future
programs?

Imag...
What’s in your basket of
programming tricks?

Image from Flickr user mrxapoh,
creative commons licensed
Resources to Get Started
Resources to Get Started
Resources to Get Started
Resources to Get Started
Resources to Get Started
Share your ideas & successes!

Image from Flickr user mrxapoh,
creative commons licensed
Questions?
akoester@stchlibrary.org
@amyeileenk
http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com
Image from Flickr user static,
creativ...
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This presentation was given as a breakout session at the 2013 Teen Volume Conference at Chicago Public Library.

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Unprogramming for Teens: Offering Engaging, Teen-Centered Programs

  1. 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. 2. What is unprogramming? And how does it fit with teens at CPL? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  3. 3. What is unprogramming? And how does it fit with teens at CPL? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  4. 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. 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. 6. Why do YOU program with teens? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  7. 7. The Unprogramming Potion ● ● ● ● ● Ice breaker Library tie-in Stations of stuff Social time Food Image from Flickr user grongar, creative commons licensed
  8. 8. Teen Unprograms ● ● ● ● ● Chat & Chew Open Afternoons Theme Clubs Movie Events Zombie Homecoming
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. What’s in your basket of programming tricks? Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  17. 17. Resources to Get Started
  18. 18. Resources to Get Started
  19. 19. Resources to Get Started
  20. 20. Resources to Get Started
  21. 21. Resources to Get Started
  22. 22. Share your ideas & successes! Image from Flickr user mrxapoh, creative commons licensed
  23. 23. Questions? akoester@stchlibrary.org @amyeileenk http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com Image from Flickr user static, creative commons licensed
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