This is an interesting blog article from programminglibrarian.org that talks about “Passive Programming” ideas for tweens. I had only read this term in passing, so it was nice to see it in action! I also really like the idea of having activities set out in the library without the need for a specific event at a set time planned. It seems like a great way to make the library inviting at any time – more of a hangout spot.
Some of Kate’s (the librarian who blogged the article) passive programming ideas include bookmark making, trivia questions, zentangles, jigsaw puzzles, and customizable, giant crossword puzzles.
“Passive programs can be a great way to regularly attract students into the library without having planned, specific events. Pick a corner of the library that can be designated for these drop-by activities, set out the supplies and some instructions, and let it go!”
Middle School Programming – Passive Doesn’t Mean Boring: 5 Passive Program Ideas for School Libraries