“Passive Programming” is one of the hot buzzwords in the professional library literature, but it is a really terrible name for a really great idea. Everybody knows about the traditional kind of library programs—story hours, craft workshops, informational presentations, family movies—scheduled at set times at set places inside the library building. But what if you’re a busy, 21st-century kind of library user, and you find it hard to make it to the library at a specific time? What if you find it hard to make it to the library at all?
That’s where “passive programming” comes in: information, inspiration, and entertainment that fits your schedule. The Rogers Public Library tries to meet the needs of all of our patrons with different sorts of offerings. Some of it is simple and low key—whether it’s scavenger hunts and activity sheets in the Children’s Library, Playstation games and slideshows in the Teen Scene, or puzzles and adult coloring sheets over by Adult Fiction. These are available any time you come to visit. Sometimes it’s a little more elaborate or seasonal—you might be able to play Book Bingo during Summer Reading, experiment with magnetic poetry during National Poetry Month, or write Love Letters to the Library during National Library Month. And sometimes we partner with our local organizations, or take advantage of social media, and move our programs out of the library completely—have you tried a Twitter Book Club? Did you hunt for a book during National Hide a Book Day?
But we are always looking for more good ideas. What programs are we missing?
Help us to make our “passive programming” offerings as ACTIVE as possible!