Edit 1/12/15: I updated the Dropbox link to all of my Self Directed Programs. You can find the new link here.
I recently gave a presentation at the 2013 New Jersey Fall Youth Services Forum entitled “Nothing Passive About It: Portable Programs for Teens on the Go”. I work for a library that has a hard time attracting teens to “typical” library programs (book clubs, crafting events, movie tie in parties), so last year I decided to embrace the Self Directed Program. Almost monthly I set up a “program” that my teens can take part in while stopping by the library. They usually have to fill out a survey, take a quiz, cast a vote. They always get candy for participating, and I like to have a Grand Prize for at least one winner per program. I went through several of my more successful programs during this presentation and now I’m going to share them with all of you. At the end of this post I will share a link to my “Nothing Passive About It” Dropbox folder. Please feel free to borrow or recreate any of these ideas!
I hope these pictures help inspire you to try out a self directed program at your library or classroom. You can find all of my files here. Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts… and please feel free to share any successful Self Directed programs in the comments section below.
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