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

Library Lock-Ins for Teens

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I first became a Teen Librarian in 2008. At that time, the three BIG programming options in my area were: Gaming Clubs, Anime Clubs, and Lock-Ins. While I was excited to try all the things, I wanted to host a lock-in more than anything else. I have held many MANY Lock-Ins over the years. I’ve seen one boy devour an entire pizza in under 5 minutes. I’ve witnessed sixth graders (on multiple occasions) run around screaming, “I’M DRUNK! I’M DRUNK ON SODA!” I’ve broken up a fight, taught a boy how to sew a bag for his crush, and thrown bread in a Hunger Games style relay race. There’s not much I won’t try and I’m always trying to adapt and stay open to new ideas. Continue reading