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Unprogramming for Youth MLS Webinar 2015

  1. 1. Unprogramming for Youth Massachusetts Library System February 2015 Amy Koester
  2. 2. Hello! I’m Amy. • Youth & Family Program Coordinator, Skokie (IL) Public Library • The Show Me Librarian • Shout-out to Marge Loch- Wouters at La Crosse (WI) Public Library
  3. 3. On Our Agenda • Getting to the root of programming & its pitfalls • The unprogramming philosophy • What unprograms look like • Getting in the unprogramming mindset • Questions
  4. 4. Why do we program?
  5. 5. What are the pitfalls?
  6. 6. You don’t have to stick with a frustrating programming model. You can instead choose a refreshing option.
  7. 7. What can unprogramming offer?
  8. 8. The Central Question of Unprogramming • How does what I’m doing connect kids to… • a book or books; • an author or illustrator; • the library & our services; • an interest that can connect back to the library?
  9. 9. The Unprogramming Formula • 1 Book/Author/Topic • 1 Introductory Activity • 3-4 Stations of Stuff • Plenty of Time to Explore & Interact
  10. 10. Olympians • Book: Percy Jackson • Intro: Create coat of arms • Stations: • Feed the Cerberus • Slay the Gorgons • Deity Concentration
  11. 11. Medieval Knights • Author: Gerald Morris • Intro: tell Sir Gawain & the Green Knight • Stations: • Build a Catapult • Create a Hand Shield • Fencing Demo
  12. 12. Spy Club • Books: Liar & Spy, Sophia’s War • Intro: Creating disguises • Stations: • Sharpshooting • Invisible Ink • Cryptography • Laser Field
  13. 13. Superheroes • Topic: Superhero books • Intro: Create superhero costumes/names, Kryptonite removal • Stations: • Spatula Toss • Flip-O-Rama • Flight Photos • Bad Guy Bowling
  14. 14. Lost in Space • Topic: 520s • Intro: Video travel & crash landing • Stations: • Harvesting the alien landscape • Building shelter • Staving off space madness
  15. 15. Family Forts • Book: Anything fun for the family! • Intro: Share a story & build a “campfire” • Walking S’mores • Build Forts & Read • Glow-in-the-dark Hide & Go Seek
  16. 16. Get in the Unprogramming Mindset • Mine your existing programs • Gather ideas continuously • Talk to your kids! • Get comfy with informality
  17. 17. Questions?
  18. 18. Let’s chat! • amy.e.koester@gmail.com • @amyeileenk • http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com • http://goo.gl/O6NKb

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