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A Dangerous Game - AKA - No Registration

Well, this post was going to be about my marble roller coaster science program, 

Alas, it was not meant to be. I got stood up. But that's OK! 

This quarter (January - April) I do not have registration for my school age programs. None, nada, zero. 

After being at my library for a little over a year I quickly learned that registration is a double edged sword. On one hand registration provides me with an estimated number of kids, their names, and their ages so I can tailor activities if the list is a leaning a little older or a little younger.

On the other hand, we have the recurring problem of having a lot of kids register, but some who don't show up. This is frustrating to both me and other patrons, especially when there is a waiting list. 

I decided that this quarter would be a good time for me to test the waters and see what happens if I do not require registration at all. So far I've had one program that was well attended, (Start with Art for K-2) and then there was this evening, with a big fat zero. 

I am holding two programs a month, one for grades K-2 and the other for 3-5. We shall see how the rest of the quarter goes. My sneaking suspicion is that the older school age kids are just totally overbooked, and when they are nearing closer to middle school and that tweenage stage they are just not interested sometimes in coming to the library. 

I fully recognize that every community is different, but if anyone out there has great ways to pull in this age group for evening programs, I more than willing to accept some advice and ideas. 

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