Drop In and Hang Out: Collaborative Jigsaw Puzzle

Y’all. Y’ALL! I’m about to tell you about the easiest passive program you’ll ever ever do. Well, unless you read the title, in which case you already know what I’m going to say. It’s that easy! Just put out a jigsaw puzzle and an invitation for teens to sit down and put a few pieces together.

Probably the most dirty secret teens have is that they secretly love to do jigsaw puzzles, even though they’re incredibly dorky seeming. Putting the puzzle in a common area and letting teens slip in a piece or two means that they get all the satisfaction of doing the puzzle with none of the stigma (okay, okay, stigma might be taking it a little far. But you know what I mean!)

Hopefully, the puzzle also moved us forward in overarching goal for the next year: taking the teen area from a place where we stick the young adult books and turning it into a place that’s comfortable for teens to hang out in, has something for them to do if they’re bored, and allows them to meet other teens who share their interests.

We didn’t get very far on the puzzle before the week was up, unfortunately, and now we’re on a programming pause to ramp up for summer reading (yaaaaaaaay.) On the plus side, the staff were really excited when I put the jigsaw puzzle in the staff break room. Passive programming for library staff: the final frontier.


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