No, we’re not bringing gambling into the library. We’re simply bringing scratcher tickets into the library. They’re easy and you can use them how you’d like.
I made mine as book recommendation scratchers.
- Card stock (printer paper works as well)
- Packing tape (if you have a laminator that works)
- Acrylic paint and paint brushes
- Dish soap
Use your computer to print up the basics of your card. I used Microsoft Publisher and used a business card template. I wrote a simple blurb on the cards about what it was. I left an empty rectangle on the bottom half of the card for me to write in.
I printed them up and cut them apart. I hand wrote titles and authors of books I recommended. I completely covered the cards with tape and trimmed the excess.
Ta-da! That’s your basic card.
Now to make it a scratcher, you simply paint on the card. Your paint is simply a mix of paint and a few drops of dish soap stirred together. Darker colors work best and you may need few layers. I recommend printing a rectangle on the card so you know where to write and paint.
Simply let them dry for a day and you’re good to go.
I used mine as a passive program in the YA area. I put a sign up explaining what the scratchers were. I had container for ‘new’ cards and another for used cards. A huge plus for the scratchers is they are reusable.
A few tips:
- Don’t put all of your cards out at once. They will go through them super quick. I put a few out each day and took the used ones.
- It does get messy but it’s easy clean up. Keep an eye on the area. You’ll probably want to wipe down the area once a day or so.
- The maintenance for the program/display is pretty easy. I made a few sheets of cards to start off and then once a week or so I’d make another sheet to add to my supply and paint the used ones.
- I did this for teens but you could use it for other age groups. Younger patrons probably need a bit more supervision.
- If you give out prizes at programs, you could make these like lottery tickets with a few big winners.
- Recommend other materials.
- If you assign people to groups for a program, you could use these.