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:
I got it together this year and planned out a family program to take place during Spring Break. I wasn’t sure how many people would come so I planned for quite a few people and had multiple stations for people to work at. It was a huge success! I had over 30 people come and everyone had a blast.
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?
One of my tweens mentioned that she enjoys comics and drawing. I decided to design a program with her in mind!
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.
I had a survey out this summer to get a feel for what kids in this area would be interested in programming wise. I was surprised to see that a book club was one of the most popular answers. Following their lead, I’m going to try a book club every other month for the tween program.
If you’re ever in the need for a pretty inexpensive and fun program, this is the way to go.
Marshmallow engineering is simply building with marshmallows. You just need 3 cheap items.