Happy Summer fellow library friends! The time we plan for all year is finally here: SUMMER READING.
Most of us are using a variation a Sports theme this summer. Our system went with the slogan: Get Into The Game: Read!
I’m not athletically inclined so I wasn’t too into the theme. I decided to steer our Kick Off Party towards a game theme. Here’s what I did for our party:
Crafts can be fun but I’ve always enjoyed the idea of making something that can actually be useful. When I came across this program from Teen Librarian Toolbox last year, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Your full how-to can be found on the link above.
Verdict: As you might have guessed, no one showed again. I was bummed because I was wanting to make my own pair. Well, I’ve got a kit made up so I can pull it out if I need a quick program for teens.
This might even be a good kit to make for yourself to take to outreach. There’s not a lot of stuff needed. You can even make mini-kits to hand out with library information?
I think the idea of re-purposing a book into something else is a fun craft. The only problem is many of the crafts involve X-acto knives and other things that don’t really translate well to a teen library program.
For my first Teen program at my new branch I decided to do a Doctor Who program. I timed it so the program was the Saturday before the new season started.
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.
This list features characters who are involved in many types of art: music, dance, acting, painting, etc.
I personally liked the idea of this program but there’s no way to really gauge how successful it was.
For this ‘program’, I simply made quite a few QR codes, printed them and hid them around the YA area. For those who don’t know, QR codes are a barcode like image that when scanned give tons of information. When scanned on a smartphone with a QR code scanner/reader, they can link to a website, video, give contact information, etc.