Monday, February 27, 2017

Passive Programming: Civics Jeopardy

I've been moving forward with the theme of educational passive programs. For February (I know I'm so late posting this! But it's tax season and I've been busy!) I wanted to do a game of some sort. And I have been dying to do something with the bill of rights, unfortunately I couldn't quite figure out how to do just the bill of rights. Instead, what I came up with was a jeopardy game with questions based on the citizenship test. Since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers a free practice test online, it wasn't difficult to pull this together. Trying to figure out how to make the board, however took forever. 
I lucked out, apparently Jeopardy held a special in Washington DC, So I didn't even have to work too hard on this sign.

This is the third version I came up with for the board. Each question in on an envelope with the answer inside (hence the white tabs).

Also made little answer sheets, that patrons could keep a tally of their answers, to see if they would pass. Since people taking the actual citizenship test need a score of 60%to pass, the same goes here. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Passive Programming: Fake News

The goal that my boss has set out for the team this year is to try to educate our patrons.
Naturally, the first thing that came to time has been the rise of fake news, and how fake news has been influencing many people's decisions and just wreaking havoc all over the place.

I decided that we should teach our patrons how to differentiate between what's fake and what's real.

Thanks to an outside source, I didn't have to do too much work, this project was mostly just converting from images to text!

This is the display as whole. The three papers lying down are three headlines, two are false. Patrons are supposed to guess which is the real headline. If you flip them over, they display the answer.

Everything that is included on the poster board, is all in the handout. the main difference is that there are a few more details in this, as well as the a quick pictorial guide to different news outlets. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Display: Star Wars

The previous display was "Read like Rory Gilmore," but since so many people were disappointed by the revival, our boss wanted it gone ASAP.

They only idea I could come up with on the fly was the next big block buster film. Which is Rogue One.

(I really wanted to dedicate something to Hidden Figures, but the only book we have is the one the movie is based on, which is out for the foreseeable future...)

The top shelf is fiction, and the rest is non-fiction: behind the scenes, schematics, and trivia. Since Rogue One takes place right before New Hope, I tried to keep everything to the original trilogy, but a few of the books cover more than just the original films.

Also, since the sign doesn't translate well in this picture, it says: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, A new movie premiered..."

It's just yellow word art made to look like the opening credits (the background is just a picture of stars).

Monday, December 5, 2016

Passive Program: Self-Care Survival Guide

So this may just be my favorite display so far. And, ironically enough, the most stressful. I kept getting ideas about how to make it better, so it just kept growing. But it was definitely worth it.

I wanted to do something for the holidays that I hope hasn't really been done before. My first thought was a tongue in cheek "how to survive the Holidays display" and going through holiday by holiday. But after starting to try to put it together, it evolved into this. I also didn't want patrons to complain about a war on holidays or choosing only one holiday, or forgetting to mention another,  so I made sure it was just winter themed. The guides make mention to the most stressful time of the year, but that's it.

This is mostly an expansion of what is in the tri-fold I made with resources that can be found for free online or in the library. 

This is the Tri-fold. It full of tips on to make yourself feel better, and reminder that you don't have to kill yourself to make everyone else happy. 
The resources that either didn't fit on the board (yellow) or didn't fit into the tri-fold because they were thought of after (purple)

There's still more thing I need to add to that display, because apparently it will never actually be finished. What I want to add is one more small hand out with all the online resources.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Last minute Thanksgiving passive programming!

I really didn't like how the last program turned out, so I came up with something for Thanksgiving instead!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Passive Programming: slight fail

So I've officially learned what not to do! I took the lead from one of my coworkers, who for New Years had a poster that patrons could sign with their goals for the upcoming year. I decided to take the idea of the board that patrons could write on.
I wanted to something cute and clever, and have patrons answer a question with a clever book title. I had seen a few memes that had gone around that had people answer multiple questions like that.
For example:
Q: "How did you spend your summer?"
A: Dealing with Dragons (By Patricia C. Wrede)

 But that's not how it turned out.

I ran into a few problems. Our newest batch of teens are currently in middle school and are not the most well behaved.
So there was an issue with tagging... the day the display went up. They would wait until I had stepped away from the desk to write all over the poster in huge letters. I had to white out at least one.

And then of the patrons who constructively participated ... they didn't get the point?
Instead of giving clever answers, where the title can grammatically answer the question, most answered with which fictional world they would want to visit. Which is fine, but not really what I had intended.

Oh well, lesson learned.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I Boldly went to work!

Happy Halloween!
A day late, but since I worked 9 am to 8 pm (between two jobs), I think its warranted.