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Passive Doesn't Mean Boring: 5 Passive Program Ideas for School Libraries

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Girls making bookmarks

Passive programs can be a great way to regularly attract students into the library without having planned, specific events. Pick a corner of the library that can be designated for these drop-by activities, set out the supplies and some instructions, and let it go! Here are a few of my go-to passive programs.

Group of girls making bookmarks

Keeping Tabs on Deadlines with Excel's 'Conditional Formatting'

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Calendar with glasses atop it

The William H. Hannon Library hosts over 40 programs every year. Like many colleges and universities, Loyola Marymount University has multiple public calendars, bulletin boards and online spaces where students, faculty and staff go to find information about upcoming events. To rise above the surfeit of campus programming options for our users, it's important to make sure each space is populated with library programming information in a timely fashion.

'Breakout' of the Mold: Breakout Programs in Libraries

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Group of boys who almost broke the code

Like the increasingly popular "escape rooms" — in which players solve a series of puzzles to break out of a room — Breakouts use a compelling story, time limit, and series of puzzles to create an interactive game. But instead of breaking out of a locked room, students must work together to break into a tightly locked box before the timer runs out. Puzzles lead to the combinations for the different types of locks, and many games also include a digital element.

Project Prom

Room of dresses on racks

Project Prom collects gently used prom dresses, tuxedos, shoes and accessories and gives them to young people in need of formalwear. We started in 2012 and have grown like crazy. This year we had over 300 people attend!

Cake Decorating Workshop

Cake Decorating Techniques with Central Nines' To the Nines Restaurant

Patrons were invited to learn buttercream piping and decorating techniques with students from Central Nine Career Center's To the Nines Restaurant. Participants rotated through stations to learn to mix icing, write script and perform other decorating techniques.

Each participant left with a set of piping tips and a pastry bag. All supplies were provided, and participants were asked to pay $5.

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