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

Self Directed Programs

Edit 1/12/15: I updated the Dropbox link to all of my Self Directed Programs. You can find the new link here.

I recently gave a presentation at the 2013 New Jersey Fall Youth Services Forum entitled “Nothing Passive About It: Portable Programs for Teens on the Go”. ¬†I work for a library that has a hard time attracting teens to “typical” library programs (book clubs, crafting events, movie tie in parties), so last year I decided to embrace the Self Directed Program. ¬†Almost monthly I set up a “program” that my teens can take part in while stopping by the library. ¬†They usually have to fill out a survey, take a quiz, cast a vote. ¬†They always get candy for participating, and I like to have a Grand Prize for at least one winner per program. ¬†I went through several of my more successful programs during this presentation and now I’m going to share them with all of you. ¬†At the end of this post I will share a link to my “Nothing Passive About It” Dropbox folder. ¬†Please feel free to borrow or recreate any of these ideas!

Fairy Tale{Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt} Continue reading