Passive Programming in the Library

Passive programming is something that is becoming more of a trend in libraries and covers many different types of programs. The label "passive programming" refers to a program that is patron-driven and on-going, like having an origami station always set up for patrons to use and create or asking patrons to take a "shelfie" (a selfie of themselves with a book) and submitting it for display, either on a website or an in-branch display board.

Passive programs come in all shapes and sizes, from scavenger hunts to gaming, to crafts. The goal is to extend a program beyond a specific date/time event and letting more patrons have a chance to participate or collaborate to build something bigger. Passive programs can be fun and exciting and, more often than not, your library is putting one on at this moment!

For example, Barr library has a passive program going currently where kids can color a building and add it to Barr's "Library Neighborhood." 

So if you're in the neighborhood, stop by Barr and add your house to their growing display!

And if you'd like to read more about neighborhoods to go along with this awesome program, check out this book list on our SLPL website! 

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