Candy Sushi paired with Chopstick Race: great for anime and manga-related activities. Chopsticks race: start with cotton balls and work your way up to beans… Be creative and use common, household and pantry items.
A fun way to sneak in a little science to teens without them realizing and provide food at the same time. Low-Cost alternative: coffee can ice cream maker.
Last year our Friends of the Novato Libraries group purchased summer reading tee-shirts for staff. Staff selected which tee-shirt designs and it was a huge hit. Staff promoted all three programs all summer long, and even coordinated when they would wear particular shirts.
Can make as educational or pure fun as you would like. SFPL handed out treasure maps, you can also hand out raffle tickets.
Henna has proven to be a extremely popular program in Marin. This year at Novato we had to schedule a second program to accommodate the demand. If you can’t afford an artist to come out and host a henna program (we pay $150 for our henna artist) or want to supplement the artist visits with henna salons, this is a great way to do it.
“Teen PlayReaders is a fast-paced Reader's Theater group. We read through plays of all stripes, switching roles often so everyone gets to be many characters”. Can use plays from any source. LAPL uses Plays magazine.Low key and low cost. Simple, straight forward and fun.
I know someone presented this at last year’s TSR workshop and it really is a fantastic, easy and low-cost program. We used this as part of our Beedle the Bard to great success. Teens spent over an hour drawing and gluing to their satisfaction.
There are literally a gazillion ways to manipulate and adapt altoid tins for crafts. You can go low-tech gardens to high tech usb drives.. You can google “altoid hacks” for a complete idea. For these samples, we primed the altoid tins, then for the hedgehog, I used tissue. For the other, we used glitter and a decorative piece I bought at a reuse shop.
The recycling aspect of this is a slight reach. It’s using the magazines for the art. Very simple. Easier and cheaper than a button maker. When I made the samples with two friends, we spent an hour, not talking, just pouring over magazines with a sample marble to test our favorite images.
We use tee-shirts as the prize for the children’s summer reading program at Novato and every year we have an excess of tee-shirts. This is one way to use the excess. We have also purchased white, crew-neck tee-shirts from Costco for teens to alter. You can also incorporate smaller sizes into teen sized shirts.
Easy, low-cost, creative way when you can’t afford beading supplies. Buttons can be acquired from thrift or reuse store. I bought buttons for a dollar a scoop at reuse store.
This can also be a recycled craft. The samples I brought today were made from a piece of #6 plastic (polystyrene). Most clear containers at salad bars, delis, and grocery stores will work. Just flip it over and look for a “6” inside the recycling arrows. If you ask nicely, they’ll usually give you a fresh one. You can also purchase shrinky dink sheets at craft stores.
Simple and easy. Just don’t leave the vinyl records in the oven for too long, or you’ll melt the vinyl and ruin a cookie sheet. The vinyl records are easy to manipulate and sculpt. And the vinyl is forgiving, so you can keep adjusting until satisfied. This craft is perfect when a patron drops off a box of records. I purchased some of these samples at the Goodwill for $1.19 each.
Kelly and I went to the same undergraduate school and I’ve always known she was brilliant. Purchasing a tabletop burner is something I never would have thought of myself.
I polled my craftiest friends and this is the top five of craft books.
Make Waves At Your Library –
Make Waves At Your Library READ: the 2010 California Summer Reading Program for Teens<br />Programming on a Budget<br />Recycled Crafts<br />Sharing Resources <br />Presentation by Amanda Jacobs Foust<br />Novato Library, Marin County <br />
Programming on a Budget: Food<br />Candy Sushi paired with Chopstick Race<br />
Programming on a Budget: Food<br />Homemade Ice Cream +<br />Homemade Root Beer = <br />Delicious Floats<br />-or-<br />Build Your Own Sundae<br />“The Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae was a blast and so popular. The kids eyeballs popped when they saw all the fun toppings.” Jennifer Livingston, <br />Point Reyes Library<br />
Programming on a Budget: FoodSharing Resources<br />Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have a reputation for donating food to libraries.<br />Leave posters or flyers on grocery store community boards.<br />Look for community centers to partner with that can provide kitchen space.<br />Don’t be afraid to ask.<br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest Hits: Scavenger Hunt<br />“It worked like a passport. <br />Each teen was given a treasure map at the start. After a participant attended an activity, the teen librarian (or volunteer) staffing that station would apply an ink-stamp over that location of the map. Acquiring a minimum number of stamps gave them a better chance at winning a raffle prize at the end.”<br />Marla Bergman,<br />San Francisco Public Library<br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest Hits: Duct Tape Crafts<br />Wallets are just the beginning of what you can do with some rolls of duct tape, scissors and a handful teens.<br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest Hits: Henna<br />Pre-Mixed henna cones available<br />-or-<br />Mix your own henna paste<br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest Hits: PlayReaders<br />My PlayReaders group just requires access to a copy machine and some snacks. I didn't invent it or anything, but it's awesome. And theater kids are a pretty easy sell for library programs!<br />Jack Baur<br />Berkeley Public Library<br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest Hits: Decorative Journals<br />Glitter<br />Markers<br />Paints<br />Jewels<br />Paper<br />Magazines<br />Ribbons<br />Are just the beginning of materials you can use to decorate journals<br />
If You Don’t Have an Oven<br />“I purchased a tabletop dual burner from Target for approximately $25. I've used this burner, a basic stove, and a toaster oven to put on a number of lower cost cooking programs including:<br />a. Potato tacosb. English muffin pizzasc. Gazpachod. Green papaya salade. Browniesf. Cookiesg. Pasta with sauce from scratchh. Pupusasi. Quesadillas”<br />Kelly Tyler<br />Los Angeles Public Library<br />
Programming on a Budget: FoodResources<br />Candy Sushi How-To: http://candy.about.com/od/candybasics/ss/candysushi_sbs.htm.<br />Archie McPheehas inexpensive prizes, including Wasabi Lip Balm: http://www.mcphee.com/shop/.<br />Camper's Dream Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker <br />$34.95 (lrg) or $21.95 (sm): http://www.rei.com/<br />Youtube video of Camper’s Dream and Freeze in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRrVIc6HPBM<br />Coffee Can Ice Cream: <br />http://crafts.kaboose.com/coffee-can-ice-cream.html<br />Root Beer Kits available for online purchase starting at $25. <br /> Refills also available for under $10. <br />
Programming on a Budget: Greatest HitsResources<br />Duct Tape Crafts: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Colored-Duct-Tape-Wallet<br />Henna: Party Pack 10 Henna Tattoo Paste Cones w/ Oil & Book, $22.99 http://www.shopbeachcombers.com/storefrontprofiles/DeluxeSFItemDetail.aspx?sid=1&sfid=39600&c=621032&i=34568016<br />Henna: Henna Powder/Mehndi Oil Combo: 100 grams Henna Powder/2 Bottles Essential Oils, $12.99 http://www.shopbeachcombers.com/StoreFrontProfiles/DeluxeSFItemDetail.aspx?sid=1&sfid=39600&c=668953&i=235515923<br />Henna: Bindis available at http://www.shopbeachcombers.com<br />Playreaders: Listmania! via Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Playreaders-faves/lm/2GOMRIT33G1S6<br />Decorative Journals: Design Your Own! White Journals $12.99 Per Dozen: http://www.orientaltrading.com/<br />
Programming on a Budget: Recycled Crafts Resources<br />Altoid Tins: http://www.ehow.com/how_2124820_use-empty-altoids-tin.html<br />Marble Magnets: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets/<br />Button Bracelet: http://blog.creativekismet.com/2006/07/03/button-bracelet-tutorial/<br />
Programming on a Budget: OvenResources<br />Shrinky Dinks: Recycled http://www.curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/2252-diy-shrinky-dinks<br />Shrinky Dinks: 50 sheets for $22: http://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?storename=shrinkydinks&DeptID=34365&ItemID=8148577&detail=1<br />Record Bowls: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf895928.tip.html<br />Oven: Kitchen Selectives Double Burner: http://www.target.com/Kitchen-Selectives-Double-Burner-DB2/dp/B000HTO186/sr=1-1/qid=1254717191/ref=sr_1_1/176-3236937-3281321?ie=UTF8&search-alias=tgt-index&frombrowse=0&index=target&rh=k:burner&page=1<br />