One of the things I wanted to avoid when I was mapping out program ideas for Drop In and Hang Out was a saturation of craft programs. Now, I love a craft program (LOVE LOVE LOVE), but I know that they’re certainly not up every teen’s alley. I wanted to make sure that teens knew that although we do make a lot of stuff in teen programs, we also do a lot of other things. So, I’m trying to change it up and do non-crafty things at least half the time.
This week, I highlighted some free photography apps for iPhones and Androids. I made a quick little handout to put on the table (you can download it by clicking here if you’re interested; feel free to use it or modify it however you’d like), and created a quick sign in Canva encouraging teens to tag us on social media if they take pictures in the library. That’s it! I know lots of teens (and adults!) don’t really explore new apps very often – it seems like most people go crazy right when they get their phones and then don’t download much after that. I also know that lots of people don’t really have time to mess about looking for cool, free apps, and sometimes end up buying a program when there are cool alternatives out there. So, this is a stab at super low-pressure digital literacy. That works, right?