Things slow down a bit at our library in December. We still get lots of people in the doors, but regular storytimes take a break for several weeks (we do have one week of holiday storytimes). So, this time of the year we are on the lookout for 'passive programs.' That is, a program where we get it set up and then patrons come in and do the program with little assistance from us. Often times we will have a craft where we put the supplies and a print out of instructions on some tables.
One of our most popular 'passive programs' have been scavenger hunts. Typically we have a sing at the desk that acts as a starting point and it directs the kids around the library from there. Sometimes they get a word at each stop that forms a sentence and if they tell it to us they win a prize. I have done them less structured and just put things out for the kids to find. For one popular hunt over the summer I printed of pictures of the Stay Puff Marshmallow man (we were having a Super Hero week and he made for a silly villain). Each Stay Puff man had a picture of a fiction book and the kids had to write the title. The goal was to find 8 Stay Puff men, but when the kids discovered that I had hidden 16 of them they went back to find them all.
We are hoping Dewey will become a tradition here. Something fun to do even if there are no storytimes.