Unprogramming:
Recipes for Successful Programming
with School-Age Children & Teens
Marge Loch-Wouters | Amy Koester
Wild W...
WHY YOU PROGRAM FOR
KIDZ?
Programming Motivations
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Bring people in
Entertain
Highlight collections
Support literacy
Develop intere...
I WANT TO
PROGRAM...

BUT THERE ARE
SO MANY PITFALLS
Programming Pitfalls
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Program fatigue
Time and staff
Money
Participation
Boredom
Staff disinterest
Allow me to share my secret recipe for

UNPROGRAMMING
Unprogramming Benefits
1.
2.
3.
4.

Perspective
Balance
Engagement
Books
How does what I’m doing connect kids to…
★a book or books;
★an author or illustrator;

★the library and our services;
★som...
Space Trip (shhh, disaster!)
Unprogramming with Kids
DVD: Traveler’s Guide to the
Planets (NatGeo)

Intro: DVD and then a ...
The Composer is Dead!:
Unprogramming with Kids
Book: The Composer is
Dead, Lemony Snicket
Intro: Interactive reading

Acti...
Library Camp-Out
Unprogramming with Kids
Book: Scary Stories to Tell
in the Dark - Alvin
Schwartz
Intro: Silent Reading

A...
Anime Club:
Unprogramming with Teens
Media: Manga and Anime
Intro: Icebreaker; Favorite
new anime

Activities:
★ Anime boa...
Dr. Who Party:
Unprogramming with Teens
Book: DVDs and books
Intro: rolling the dice
Activities:
★ Duct -tape bowties
★ So...
Chat & Chew:
Unprogramming with Teens
Book: Any
Intro: Icebreaker; Share
new noteworthy titles
(awards, lists)

Activities...
Hey Girl.

I love the
way your
programs
make kids
smile.

And they're
so simple,
they still
leave time
for us to
cuddle.
#unprogramming

You got this.
More unprogramming
ideas?
Visit our Pinterest board for more
unprogramming inspiration!

http://goo.gl/O6NKb
Questions?
#wwwc14 #unprogramming

Thank you, Wisconsin!
Contact Us
Marge Loch-Wouters:
marge@lacrosselibrary.org
@lochwouters
http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com
Amy Koeste...
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  1. 1. Unprogramming: Recipes for Successful Programming with School-Age Children & Teens Marge Loch-Wouters | Amy Koester Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 2014
  2. 2. WHY YOU PROGRAM FOR KIDZ?
  3. 3. Programming Motivations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Bring people in Entertain Highlight collections Support literacy Develop interests Engage community
  4. 4. I WANT TO PROGRAM... BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PITFALLS
  5. 5. Programming Pitfalls 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Program fatigue Time and staff Money Participation Boredom Staff disinterest
  6. 6. Allow me to share my secret recipe for UNPROGRAMMING
  7. 7. Unprogramming Benefits 1. 2. 3. 4. Perspective Balance Engagement Books
  8. 8. How does what I’m doing connect kids to… ★a book or books; ★an author or illustrator; ★the library and our services; ★some aspect of kids’ interests that can connect back to the library?
  9. 9. Space Trip (shhh, disaster!) Unprogramming with Kids DVD: Traveler’s Guide to the Planets (NatGeo) Intro: DVD and then a crash landing! Activities: ★ Decide planet characteristics ★ First Aid with Stickers ★ Pick a robot helper ★ Build a lego shelter ★ Test real astronaut food Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  10. 10. The Composer is Dead!: Unprogramming with Kids Book: The Composer is Dead, Lemony Snicket Intro: Interactive reading Activities: ★ Exploring instruments in the orchestra ★ Rubber band orchestra Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  11. 11. Library Camp-Out Unprogramming with Kids Book: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz Intro: Silent Reading Activities: ★ Families make tents ★ Reading ★ Scary stories ★ Walking s’mores Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  12. 12. Anime Club: Unprogramming with Teens Media: Manga and Anime Intro: Icebreaker; Favorite new anime Activities: ★ Anime board game ★ Drawing manga ★ Candy sushi ★ Cosplay ★ Social time Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  13. 13. Dr. Who Party: Unprogramming with Teens Book: DVDs and books Intro: rolling the dice Activities: ★ Duct -tape bowties ★ Sonic Screwdriver making ★ Dr. Who Jeopardy Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  14. 14. Chat & Chew: Unprogramming with Teens Book: Any Intro: Icebreaker; Share new noteworthy titles (awards, lists) Activities: ★ Round robin book talks ★ Book speed dating ★ Sticky note reading recs ★ Social time Background created by altering image from Flickr user Generic Brand Productions, creative commons licensed
  15. 15. Hey Girl. I love the way your programs make kids smile. And they're so simple, they still leave time for us to cuddle.
  16. 16. #unprogramming You got this.
  17. 17. More unprogramming ideas?
  18. 18. Visit our Pinterest board for more unprogramming inspiration! http://goo.gl/O6NKb
  19. 19. Questions? #wwwc14 #unprogramming Thank you, Wisconsin!
  20. 20. Contact Us Marge Loch-Wouters: marge@lacrosselibrary.org @lochwouters http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com Amy Koester: akoester@stchlibrary.org @amyeileenk http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com
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