Library Make & Takes: Star Wands!

IMG_2781I have helped put out A LOT of make and take crafts over the years, but the star wand will always be my favorite! The star wand speaks to your whimsy… and not only if you’re a child. I had three teenage girls visit my library last Tuesday, see the Star Wand supplies on the back table, stop, sit down, and each make one. The next day I had three younger girls walk into the library with their mom. The mom told one of my staff that her daughters were out walking the town yesterday when they saw a group of teenage girls with star wands. The mom asked where they got them because her daughters liked the wands so much. The teens told the mom that they made the wands at the library, so this woman and her daughters were now here to make wands, too! YAY!¬† Continue reading

Library Make & Takes: Handprint Popsicle Stick Campfire

IMG_2666Those of you who have followed the blog for awhile know that I love me some self directed programming {especially for the teens}. This past Winter I tried a teen program with notebooks and washi tape for teens that was kind of a fail {no one showed}, so I put all of the supplies in a box, added a sign with directions, and put the craft on a back table in my library. It was an unbelievable success! I had teens, younger kids, parents, and seniors sitting at that back table working on the notebooks. That was when I decided that I need to have more self directed Make & Takes at my new branch. ūüôā¬† Continue reading

Wild Wednesdays {Clay Pot Painting}

IMG_2506One of my favorite things about being a public librarian is the programming: Story times, crafts, gaming. I was used to large attendance numbers at my story times, but teen programs would bring in maybe 10 teens at a time. Then¬†I started my new job and was introduced to “Wild Wednesdays”.¬†What are Wild Wednesdays?¬†you ask. My predecessor used to do a craft program every Wednesday at the library for both the public and the kids in the school’s (did I ever mention that my little public library is attached to a school? It is!) after school program. So, imagine, I used to have 10ish teens in a very large meeting room…. and all of a sudden I have 50ish kids in a one room library building expecting a craft. Hence, Wild Wednesdays.¬† Continue reading

DIY Instagram Magnets

11Even though it is still February, Summer Reading will be here at the library before you know it. ¬†I’ve recently began perusing the interwebz, looking for cool, teen friendly crafts that won’t break the budget. ¬†Imagine my joy when I came across instructions for turning your Instagram pictures into magnets. ¬†Instagram is all the rage with my teens {I have been told on more than one occasion that Facebook is for adults}, so I love the idea of showing them how they can take their pictures off the internet and put them on their fridge or locker.¬† Continue reading