Passive Programming

If you are like many directors, you may be overwhelmed by the thought of hosting a Summer Reading Program at your library. Not every Summer Reading Program needs expensive presenters or time consuming programming.  With limited time and limited help, you may be tempted to forgo the effort.  However, passive programming may be able to help.  Your CSLP Summer Reading Program catalog has programming ideas that will allow you to participate in Summer Reading without a lot of costly preparatory time or planning.  For example, p. 59 of the Teen section has an idea for a passive program called “Book Spine Lyrics.”  This program requires little effort and fits perfectly with the “Libraries Rock” theme.

Additionally, there are many resources online that provide great ideas for passive programming.  Check out this article from The Programming Librarian about the ease of passive programming and for some great ideas.

Here are some other resources to assist you in coming up with engaging passive programming at your library:

As always, if you want to discuss passive programming or any other youth-related topic you can contact me, Nikkie Sierra  at or 800.432.2796 x 804.

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