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Cindy Crushes Programming: 5 More Virtual Programs You Can Do Right Now

Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts is here today with another roundup of virtual programming ideas for libraries. You can find all of her posts about virtual programming by following this tag.

Living History Project

Oak Park Library in IL  is working on a Living History project where they are learning critical research skills and  learning about social movements in the United States. Teens also get public speaking skills. This is a great  program for teens who are interested in learning more about the work around them and their place in it.

Virtual Yoga and Stress Relief

A lot of libraries are doing video yoga programs or stress relief exercise. This is one program where you have to hire people who know what they are doing. You can use an outside presenter. You can find an example here or by doing a quick Google search of virtual yoga for teens.

Virtual Chess

Belvedere Tiburon Library in Tiburon, CA is using chess.com to run their chess club. Chess.com allows you to create tournaments. This program may be particularly popular given the recent popularity of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.

Career Programs

This is one program where you can get people from your community to help. You can interview them and let teens ask questions about their careers. The Carrol Center for the Blind did this and they had speakers from all different fields of music and had them talk about their careers. They got musicians who were visually impaired which made it even more valuable. The city of Austin hosted a Virtual Career Expo for teens and young adults which is also a great resource.

Fandom Club

A zoom meeting where you can have the teens meet to talk about their favorite fandom. They can talk about their favorite characters or relationships aka ships. You can also have them practice writing fan fiction. This is just a low stress program for teens. You can also do virtual fandom trivia nights, the Montgomery County Public Libraries are doing this if you would like to learn more.

Cindy Shutts, MLIS

Cindy is passionate about teen services. She loves dogs, pro-wrestling, Fairy tales, mythology, and of course reading. Her favorite books are The Hate U Give, Catching FIre, The Royals, and everything by Cindy Pon. She loves spending times with her dog Harry Winston and her niece and nephew. Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she’ll be joining us to talk about teen programming. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.