Thursday, October 22, 2015

Brainstorming - CALCON 2015
Recently, Kahla Gubanich, Warren Shanks and I presented at CALCON 2015. Our session was called Hands Off!: Passive Programming for Children. During the session we asked participants to help us brainstorm ideas for a passive Halloween program for children. They came up with some super rad ideas compiled in this Google Doc. You can also take a look at our Prezi.

Many thanks,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Passive Programming Brainstorming Notes

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This week I co-lead a session on passive programming with my colleagues Warren Shanks and Kahla Gubanich. Although this wasn't an official Program-a-Looza session, we did a passive programming brainstorming activity and I'd like to share our results. The group of Denver Public Library staff came up with the brainstorming topics and then we all grabbed markers to jot down our ideas on big pieces of butcher paper. The three topics were a haunted house, LEGO, and Greek mythology. 

Check out the cool ideas: Passive Programming Brainstorming Notes

For more programming ideas, check out my post about our first Program-a-Looza sessions at ALA Annual 2015. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Program-a-Looza at ALA Annual 2015

This past weekend at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco the first Program-a-Looza sessions were held. This open share session, brainchild of Danielle Jones, Kahla Gubanich, Mary Pearl, and yours truly, focused on cheap, easy children’s programming for public libraries. Inspired by grassroots sessions, such as Guerrilla Storytime and YA Smackdown, Program-a-Looza was created as a way for children’s library staff to take home tangible programming ideas, tips, and resources.

We held two sessions and participants were encouraged to brainstorm and bring their personal strengths and experiences to the table. First, each person shared a favorite easy to replicate program. Next, we picked a programming topic and spent 2 minutes brainstorming ideas using pens and sticky notes.

Wondering what we talked about? Check out the session notes.

We plan to hold more Program-a-Looza sessions at ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston. Stay tuned for more info on dates/times