WHAT IS STEALTH PROGRAMMING?
Passive programs
 An interactive, non-formal ‘event’ that engages patrons with no specific t...
January: My Ideal Bookshelf
http://www.miopl.org/index.php/adult-section/adult-services
January: National Puzzle Month
January: Golden Globes
VOTE
Best Motion Picture
__________________________________
Best Director
_________________________...
January: Elvis’ Birthday!
 Match the Elvis picture to the movie title
 Show an Elvis movie
 Talk like Elvis Day

©www.e...
January: Chinese New Year
• Display books by Chinese American authors (e.g. – Amy Tan, Gene Luen Yang)
• Hang a poster of ...
January…
 Movies – book/movie dinner date
 National Papercrafting Month
 Morse Code – January 11th
 National Mail Orde...
February: Sweet Treats
February: Romance
 Blind Date with a Book
 Speed Dating / Friending
 Hunt for Hearts
 Wear Red
February: Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 10-16, 2014

http://you–are-beautiful.com
February: Prom Dress Collection
 Set up a clothes rack

 Signage explaining why you’re collecting

http://hopecloset.com
March: March is Reading Month
Read to a Therapy Dog

Reading Incentive Programs
March: Teen Tech Week
March 9-15, 2014
March: National Craft Month

Crafternoon
March: Other Celebrations
 Pi Day – March 14
 National Women’s Month
 Lucky Leprechauns
April: World Book Night
April: National Library Week
April 13 – 19, 2014
Drop Everything and Read – all month long (but esp. April 12 th ) FLASH M...
April: National Poetry Month
Spine Poetry
Poem in Your
Pocket Day –
April 18

Copyright bookandlatte.com

Blackout Poetry
April: Tax Time
April: Jazz Appreciation Month
April: National Jelly Bean Day – April 22
Guess How Many Jelly Beans Are in the Jar and Win!
April…
 National Donate Life Month (Michigan Libraries for Life)
 Community Spirit Days – All month long
 Financial Lit...
KEEPING TRACK
Tracking Numbers
 Can be as simple as hashmarking
 Counting items put out

Measures of Success
 All about...
May… National Photography Month
 Photo Contest

 Photo Displays
May… Star Wars Day – May 4

http://www.501st.com/
May… Comic Extravaganza
May… National Inventors Month
Design and fly an
original paper airplane
May…
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



Cinco de Mayo
World Red Cross Day
Mother’s Day
Women’s Safety & Self Defense Awareness Month
June: Summer Reading
What do you Geek? What do you Dig? ………
June: Summer Reading Continued
Weekly Raffle
Legos
Hot Wheels
Marbles
Foam Letters
Buttons
June: Art in a Box
 Put out supplies
 Drop-in
 Teen volunteers prepare
June: Storytime in the Park

 Sneak Attack

 Passersby get drawn into the
program
June: Planet Pursuit
 Hide pictures of planets around the department
 Kids find them and glue mini-picture in their diar...
June…
 World Wide Knit in Public Day (Second Saturday in June) – knitting group
 North American Euchre Showdown – Euchre...
July: Gummy Worm Day – July 15
July: National Scrabble Week 19th - 24th
July: National Grilling Month
July: Book Exchange Month
July: Take Your Library Card on Vacation

 Patrons take photos of themselves on
vacation holding their library cards
 Po...
July…
 Michigan Thumbs Up!
 Paperback Book Day
 Tour de France
 Father Daughter Take a Walk Together Day – July 7th
 ...
August: Teens Top Ten
August: Lone Ranger
 Find hidden masks
 Show movie
 Have script available
August: Coloring Sheets
 Colored pencils
 Markers
 Crayons

http://www.doverpublications.com
August: Sidewalk Chalk
 Put out chalk
 Designate an area
August: National Geocaching Day
August 20
 Hide a geocache
 Put a clue on your
Facebook

 Collaborate with other
commun...
How Often/Duration of Programs?
How Often
 No magic rule of thumb
 Often enough that people look forward to what you’ll
...
September: Library Card Sign-up Month
 Partner with local businesses
to offer discounts for people
who show their library...
September: Michigan Reads
 Display book
 Put up poster to sign
 Read in storytimes
 Hand out stickers/bookmarks
September: Lego Club/Contest
September…







Banned Books Week
Healthy Aging Month
Resumes – Resume review w/local headhunter
International Lit...
October: Teen Read Week

 Different theme every year
 Customize for your community
October: National Reading Group Month
 Provide space
 Have book club kits
 Big Library Read for
e-books

http://www.nat...
October: Make & Take Crafts
October: Caption Contest
October: Dictionary Day - October 16
 Define a word & win
October: National Coupon Month
October: Vote for Pumpkins
November: Chess Club
 Bi-monthly
 Drop-in
 Ages 7 and up
 Beginners and experienced players welcome

 Volunteer facil...
November: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
 Children drop off stuffed animals to the library.
 Staff or Teen Volunteers pose ani...
November: Read Around America
 Bingo Sheet
 Raffle ticket for each Bingo
 Hide symbols around the department

 Put a s...
November: Holiday Mail for Heroes
 Leave cards out for people to sign
 Make cards in Youth programs
 Drop off to Red Cr...
November…
 Picture Book Month
 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Six Word Essay/Story Notebook
 America Recycl...
December: Learn a Foreign Language Month
December: Bingo’s Birthday Month
Book Bingo
December: Holiday Concert
December…
 Recipe Greetings for the Holiday – December 1st – 7th
 National Dice Day – December 4th
 Nobel Prize Day – D...
Websites…
Brownielocks' Holidays & Fun For Everyone! - http://brownielocks.com/month2.html
Chase’s Calendar of Events - ht...
Specific Holidays/Occasions
501st Legion – http://www.501st.com http://www.greatlakesgarrison.com/
America Recycles - http...
Jazz Foundation of America - http://jazzfoundation.org/
Library Card Sign Up Month - http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/...
Teen Literature Day - http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Celebrate_Teen_Literature_Day
Teen Read Week - http://teenreadw...
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  1. 1. WHAT IS STEALTH PROGRAMMING? Passive programs  An interactive, non-formal ‘event’ that engages patrons with no specific time or date, requiring little or no staff interaction Sneak attacks  A more formal ‘event’ that may occur at a specific time or date but still requires little or no staff interaction Benefits  Promotes library and its materials  Patrons interact with library resources  Low cost, low prep
  2. 2. January: My Ideal Bookshelf
  3. 3. http://www.miopl.org/index.php/adult-section/adult-services
  4. 4. January: National Puzzle Month
  5. 5. January: Golden Globes VOTE Best Motion Picture __________________________________ Best Director __________________________________ Best Actress in a Motion Picture __________________________________ Best Actor in a Motion Picture __________________________________ Best Television Drama __________________________________ Best Television Comedy __________________________________ Name__________________ Ph: ________
  6. 6. January: Elvis’ Birthday!  Match the Elvis picture to the movie title  Show an Elvis movie  Talk like Elvis Day ©www.elvis.com
  7. 7. January: Chinese New Year • Display books by Chinese American authors (e.g. – Amy Tan, Gene Luen Yang) • Hang a poster of the Chinese horoscope. • Give an individually-wrapped fortune cookie for any patron who checks out a book or answers Chinese trivia. • Calligraphy – Using black ink and brushes, patrons can practice writing various Chinese phrases • Writing their names – Using black ink and brushes, patrons can write their names in Chinese. You will need a teen volunteer to help. • Chopsticks – Provide chopsticks and miniature marshmallows for patrons to practice their dexterity with chopsticks. ©http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Passive_programming
  8. 8. January…  Movies – book/movie dinner date  National Papercrafting Month  Morse Code – January 11th  National Mail Order Gardening Month  Winter Reading Program for Adults  For Staff: Show and Tell at Work Day - January 8th
  9. 9. February: Sweet Treats
  10. 10. February: Romance  Blind Date with a Book  Speed Dating / Friending  Hunt for Hearts  Wear Red
  11. 11. February: Random Acts of Kindness Week February 10-16, 2014 http://you–are-beautiful.com
  12. 12. February: Prom Dress Collection  Set up a clothes rack  Signage explaining why you’re collecting http://hopecloset.com
  13. 13. March: March is Reading Month Read to a Therapy Dog Reading Incentive Programs
  14. 14. March: Teen Tech Week March 9-15, 2014
  15. 15. March: National Craft Month Crafternoon
  16. 16. March: Other Celebrations  Pi Day – March 14  National Women’s Month  Lucky Leprechauns
  17. 17. April: World Book Night
  18. 18. April: National Library Week April 13 – 19, 2014 Drop Everything and Read – all month long (but esp. April 12 th ) FLASH MOB! http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130412/NEWS0101/304120040/A-mob-readers-fills-Old-Town-Square
  19. 19. April: National Poetry Month Spine Poetry Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 18 Copyright bookandlatte.com Blackout Poetry
  20. 20. April: Tax Time
  21. 21. April: Jazz Appreciation Month
  22. 22. April: National Jelly Bean Day – April 22 Guess How Many Jelly Beans Are in the Jar and Win!
  23. 23. April…  National Donate Life Month (Michigan Libraries for Life)  Community Spirit Days – All month long  Financial Literacy Month  National Humor Month  National Kite Month  Straw Hat Month  YoYo Weekend April 12th -14th  For staff : Laugh at Work Week April 1 st – 7th
  24. 24. KEEPING TRACK Tracking Numbers  Can be as simple as hashmarking  Counting items put out Measures of Success  All about the numbers  Patron rate of return Evaluation  Leave out short evaluation forms (Would you like more programming like this?)  Talk to patrons to see what worked and what didn’t
  25. 25. May… National Photography Month  Photo Contest  Photo Displays
  26. 26. May… Star Wars Day – May 4 http://www.501st.com/
  27. 27. May… Comic Extravaganza
  28. 28. May… National Inventors Month Design and fly an original paper airplane
  29. 29. May…     Cinco de Mayo World Red Cross Day Mother’s Day Women’s Safety & Self Defense Awareness Month
  30. 30. June: Summer Reading What do you Geek? What do you Dig? ………
  31. 31. June: Summer Reading Continued Weekly Raffle Legos Hot Wheels Marbles Foam Letters Buttons
  32. 32. June: Art in a Box  Put out supplies  Drop-in  Teen volunteers prepare
  33. 33. June: Storytime in the Park  Sneak Attack  Passersby get drawn into the program
  34. 34. June: Planet Pursuit  Hide pictures of planets around the department  Kids find them and glue mini-picture in their diary  Older kids write a fact about each planet they find
  35. 35. June…  World Wide Knit in Public Day (Second Saturday in June) – knitting group  North American Euchre Showdown – Euchre tournament  Flag Day (June 14) – Color Flags
  36. 36. July: Gummy Worm Day – July 15
  37. 37. July: National Scrabble Week 19th - 24th
  38. 38. July: National Grilling Month
  39. 39. July: Book Exchange Month
  40. 40. July: Take Your Library Card on Vacation  Patrons take photos of themselves on vacation holding their library cards  Post on a world map  Post on Facebook page
  41. 41. July…  Michigan Thumbs Up!  Paperback Book Day  Tour de France  Father Daughter Take a Walk Together Day – July 7th  Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day – July 10th  Comic Con July 18th – 21st  Tell an Old Joke Day – July 24th  For staff – Chocolate Day July 7th
  42. 42. August: Teens Top Ten
  43. 43. August: Lone Ranger  Find hidden masks  Show movie  Have script available
  44. 44. August: Coloring Sheets  Colored pencils  Markers  Crayons http://www.doverpublications.com
  45. 45. August: Sidewalk Chalk  Put out chalk  Designate an area
  46. 46. August: National Geocaching Day August 20  Hide a geocache  Put a clue on your Facebook  Collaborate with other community resources
  47. 47. How Often/Duration of Programs? How Often  No magic rule of thumb  Often enough that people look forward to what you’ll have next Duration  Depending on the theme, anywhere from one day to several months  Raffles can go on from a week to a month  Reading incentives 2-3 months  Hunting for objects – 1 month
  48. 48. September: Library Card Sign-up Month  Partner with local businesses to offer discounts for people who show their library card during the month of September.  Hand out library card holders to children who get their first library card.
  49. 49. September: Michigan Reads  Display book  Put up poster to sign  Read in storytimes  Hand out stickers/bookmarks
  50. 50. September: Lego Club/Contest
  51. 51. September…       Banned Books Week Healthy Aging Month Resumes – Resume review w/local headhunter International Literacy Day – September 8 Citizenship/Constitution Day – September 17 Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19
  52. 52. October: Teen Read Week  Different theme every year  Customize for your community
  53. 53. October: National Reading Group Month  Provide space  Have book club kits  Big Library Read for e-books http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/
  54. 54. October: Make & Take Crafts
  55. 55. October: Caption Contest
  56. 56. October: Dictionary Day - October 16  Define a word & win
  57. 57. October: National Coupon Month
  58. 58. October: Vote for Pumpkins
  59. 59. November: Chess Club  Bi-monthly  Drop-in  Ages 7 and up  Beginners and experienced players welcome  Volunteer facilitates
  60. 60. November: Stuffed Animal Sleepover  Children drop off stuffed animals to the library.  Staff or Teen Volunteers pose animals around the library and take photos.  Children pick up their animals the next day.  Post the photos on Facebook/e-mail to the patrons
  61. 61. November: Read Around America  Bingo Sheet  Raffle ticket for each Bingo  Hide symbols around the department  Put a sticker on U.S. map
  62. 62. November: Holiday Mail for Heroes  Leave cards out for people to sign  Make cards in Youth programs  Drop off to Red Cross
  63. 63. November…  Picture Book Month  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Six Word Essay/Story Notebook  America Recycles Day (November 15) – Repurposed make & take crafts  International Games Day (November 16) Wii Bowling for Seniors Put out board games around the library  Veteran’s Day – War movie festival
  64. 64. December: Learn a Foreign Language Month
  65. 65. December: Bingo’s Birthday Month Book Bingo
  66. 66. December: Holiday Concert
  67. 67. December…  Recipe Greetings for the Holiday – December 1st – 7th  National Dice Day – December 4th  Nobel Prize Day – December 10th  Dewey Decimal System Day – December 10th  International Shareware Day – Second Saturday of the Month  Crossword Puzzle Day – December 21st  For Staff : Hour of Peace Day – December 31st
  68. 68. Websites… Brownielocks' Holidays & Fun For Everyone! - http://brownielocks.com/month2.html Chase’s Calendar of Events - http://www.westglen.com/news/1/ChaseCalendar.pdf Earth Calendar - http://www.earthcalendar.net/index.php Programming Librarian - http://www.programminglibrarian.org/home.html Wikipedia List of US Observances http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_observances_in_the_United_States
  69. 69. Specific Holidays/Occasions 501st Legion – http://www.501st.com http://www.greatlakesgarrison.com/ America Recycles - http://americarecyclesday.org/ Banned Books Week - http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ Children’s Day/El dia de los ninos - http://dia.ala.org/ Citizenship/Constitution Day - http://constitutionday.cpms.osd.mil/ Dover Publications - http://store.doverpublications.com/ Drop Everything and Read - http://www.dropeverythingandread.com/NationalDEARday.html Free Comic Book Day - http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992 Geocaching - http://www.geocaching.com/ Holiday Mail for Heroes - http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes Hope Closet – http://www.hopecloset.com/
  70. 70. Jazz Foundation of America - http://jazzfoundation.org/ Library Card Sign Up Month - http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/card National Library Week - http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek National Literacy Month http://www.reading.org/General/Conferences/InternationalLiteracyDay.aspx National Novel Writing Month - http://nanowrimo.org/ National Photography Month - http://www.apa360.org/ National Reading Group Month - http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.com/index.html Random Acts of Kindness – http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/frequently-asked-questions Pi Day - http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/index.html Picture Book Month - http://picturebookmonth.com/ Random Acts of Kindness - http://www.randomactsofkindness.org
  71. 71. Teen Literature Day - http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Celebrate_Teen_Literature_Day Teen Read Week - http://teenreadweek.ning.com/ Teen Tech Week - http://teentechweek.ning.com/ Teens Top Ten - http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten Thumbs Up! Award - http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/awards/thumbsup World Book Night - http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ World Red Cross Day - http://www.redcross.org/news/event/2013-World-Red-Cross-Day World Wide Knit In Public - http://youtu.be/rPxfQeP8nZ0 You Are Beautiful – http://www.you-are-beautiful.com
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