Pop-Up Winter Programs

Do you still call it passive programming? Or do you use the term self-directed patron programming? Personally, I’m a big fan of Heather Booth’s phrase: free-range programs!

Whatever temporary pop-up programs are called these days, here’s some fun ideas for winter! Back when staff-led programs and play areas were closed during the early days of COVID, my library at the time turned our marketplace into a passive program/materials display area.

My fabulous teammate Rachel and I put together the Winter I Spy Challenge:


And a Snowball Estimation Station:


Here’s a closer look at the contents of our I Spy Challenge:


Since we didn’t have a window to showcase our display, we used a shadow box from Michaels. I’ve also seen libraries use empty fish tanks!

What are your favorite self-directed programs? I’d love to learn more in the comments below!

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