No one showed up this Tuesday for our regularly scheduled lab time. Instead, John and I did some maintainence on the labtops and waited around. We closed up shop about thirty minutes before the end of the scheduled session. Still planning on running a Halloween Greeting Lab next week. We'll see if anyone shows!

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Comment by Cynthia on October 28, 2009 at 5:44pm
Hi Hillary, sorry I'm late to the game here. I'd say about half our open labs (during the school year) are big old bellyflops--nobody shows. I think extracurriculars, homework, and lack of transportation (especially during our winters) are the major obstacles to full workshops. Do you guys do your thing out on the library floor or in a separate room? We can usually rope in a few kids if we do it out in the public area. Maybe workshops during school breaks? Don't know what your library is like during breaks for holidays and conferences, but we typically have 50 kids climbing the walls with boredom.
Comment by Jen on October 20, 2009 at 9:16am
great, thanks, I think your observation about extra curriculars is really important - at certain times of the year we have much more competition than others - and that's okay!
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on October 19, 2009 at 11:53am
I think that perhaps we are in-between groups right now. A lot of our regulars have extra-curriculars that interfere with the scheduled sessions, and a few that are available for the sessions talk about trying to use more sophisticated software. Perhaps we'll get another group soon.

For now, activities and challenges/topics seem like a great avenue. I'll keep you guys posted as to how things shake out.
Thanks,
Hillary
Comment by Jen on October 19, 2009 at 11:22am
Yeah, that happens. What some libraries have done is round up kids from other areas of the library and do some hand selling. If no shows are happening on a regular basis, it might be time to rethink your target audience and communication strategies - Cynthia M. always says she likes to have a topic or activity planned for each session (even the drop ins) that gives some focus but that in the end, it doesn't matter if the kids accomplish that particular project or something else. let me know if you'd like some other ideas or to talk over strategies...

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