Amy Koester (The Show Me Librarian) and Marge Loch-Wouters (Tiny Tips for Library Fun) have an idea to make programming easier to plan and more engaging. It’s called unprogramming. What is unprogramming? Here's how it's explained on Tiny Tips for Library Fun. Essentially, unprogramming takes something that is already popular with kids or teens (ie. Lego) and connects it to the library in some way. It speaks to what kids or teens are currently interested in and allows participants to explore these interests in a more unstructured environment. Unprogramming events connect to books, authors, and the library in some way. But really, unprogramming events could be anything!
Check out Amy and Marge’s recipe for unprogramming here, as well as their Pinterest board full of unprogramming ideas.
A few of my favourite unprogramming ideas include:
- Lego Club that incorporates books about Lego to inspire creation
- Dungeons & Dragon Club, Anime Club, Minecraft Club – it could be anything that kids in your community are interested in
- Book Clubs
- Marble Run program or other exploratory craft programs
- Doctor Who Party or character-based events
- Art Club
So why not take a new approach to programming! Use unprogramming to make planning less stressful and programs more engaging. Share ideas and the ways you are already unprogramming in comments and head over to The Show Me Librarian and Tiny Tips for Library Fun for more ideas and information about unprogramming.