Teen crafts, back from the dead and hungry for brains!<br />
Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Crafts are lame!<br />∙Some teens often like to act too cool for anything  <br ...
Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Crafts are for kids!<br />∙ Don’t underestimate the joys of the childish<br />∙...
Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Teen crafts must be expensive!<br />∙ Usually, no more expensive than kid’s cra...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Ummm . . . They’re fun?<br />∙ Really?  Do we need more reason than that?<br /...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />∙ List of things that have been linke...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Support<br />∙ Positive Family Commun...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Empowerment<br />∙ Community Values Y...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Boundaries/Expectations<br />∙ School...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Constructive Use of Time<br />∙ Creat...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Commitment to Learning<br />∙ School ...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Positive Values<br />∙ Caring<br />► ...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Social Competencies<br />∙ Planning a...
Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Positive Identity<br />∙ Personal Pow...
How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Who is your target audience?<br />∙ Obviously, teens and twee...
How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Pregame planning <br />∙ Choose a few potential crafts<br />∙...
How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Marketing the event<br />∙ Put pictures of the end result on ...
How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Let’s Make Some Cra . . . Crafts <br />I was totally going to...
Great Craft Ideas!<br />The Quick and the Cheap<br />∙ Cubees and other easy papercrafts<br /><ul><li> Print, cut, fold, a...
 Cost is essentially negligible
 So fun, so easy, and so many to make!
 Your teens/tweens will never get bored of this one
 Make a bunch of copies on cardstock and you are always</li></ul>only a few minutes away from a great craft<br /><ul><li>w...
 Cost is near-nothing
 Just some old socks and random craft supplies
 Your teens/tweens will come up with all kinds of crazy stuff
 Stock up on orphaned socks and you will always be able to 	pull this craft out of your hat</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft ...
 Great craft for a recycling theme!
 You can make anything from an old T-shirt!</li></ul>Well, maybe not a nuclear reactor . . . At least, not with one shirt....
 Once you get the basic “sheet” structure down, 			anything can be made
 Your teens/tweens WILL use the end result of this craft and that 	means free advertisement!
Well made duct tape crafts can last forever with minimal repair!
 Valentine’s Day, Halloween, International Talk Like a Pirate Day: 	Duct tape crafts are good for any theme!</li></li></ul...
 As fun to make and eat as it is easy!
 Great craft/snack to go along with an anime club
 Lots of variations for the creative Candy Sushi 	artist/librarian
 Easily done for all ages
They look great when finished!  Of course, they get eaten 	quickly</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Om Nom Nom . ...
 Easy to make and actually pretty tasty!
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One of the most rewarding and effective types of program for teens is also one of the least implemented. Whether a result of a lack of ideas, lack of budget, fear of poor teen response, or a combination of factors teen crafts are often seen as not worth the effort. This session aims to change those misconceptions and bring the popular and social activity of teen crafts back from the heap of long dead programs. It is time to graduate from the paper plate masks! Rise against the decline of craft events and give those idle teen hands something to do! Come, comrades: JOIN THE DIY REVOLUTION!

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Cubees, Zombies, and Gocks. Oh, my!

  1. 1. Teen crafts, back from the dead and hungry for brains!<br />
  2. 2. Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Crafts are lame!<br />∙Some teens often like to act too cool for anything <br />It is an act . . .<br />∙ Everyone likes to make stuff! <br />Especially for free<br />∙Snacks . . . Have them!<br />
  3. 3. Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Crafts are for kids!<br />∙ Don’t underestimate the joys of the childish<br />∙ Repurpose and “age” the kiddie crafts you know<br />∙ Young Adults craft all the time <br />It isn’t required to be a hipster douchebag, either!<br />∙ There are TONS of great crafts out there for teens<br />We’ll show you some, as well as sources for more<br />
  4. 4. Misconceptions about teens and crafts<br />Teen crafts must be expensive!<br />∙ Usually, no more expensive than kid’s crafts<br />∙ Many crafts involve recycling common items<br />∙ Many crafts are free or can be done at negligible cost<br />We’ll show you some, as well as sources for more<br />
  5. 5. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Ummm . . . They’re fun?<br />∙ Really? Do we need more reason than that?<br />∙ Crafts foster and encourage creative thinking<br />∙ Crafts are great opportunities for teen participation<br /> and assistance with event planning <br />∙ They’re fun! <br /> Also, I guess there are those 40 developmental asset things . . .<br />
  6. 6. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />∙ List of things that have been linked to guiding<br /> young people from high-risk behavior <br />∙ Most teens experience less than half of these assets<br />∙ Craft programs can fulfill up to 29/40 of these things<br />
  7. 7. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Support<br />∙ Positive Family Communication<br />► Parents can do crafts alongside their teens, strengthening bonds and encouraging communication<br />∙ Other Adult Relationships<br />► By attending library sponsored craft events, teens are interacting with librarians and media specialists<br />∙ Caring Neighborhood<br />► What could be more caring than a library that continually does programs for teens and advocates for those teens?<br />∙ Caring School Climate<br />► Having craft events in the media center can help to create a caring and creative environment for students<br />
  8. 8. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Empowerment<br />∙ Community Values Youth<br />► A library that continually has programs and advocates for youth is helping to create a caring community<br />∙ Youth as Resources<br />► Craft events are GREAT opportunities to incorporate your teens and tweens in event planning and execution<br />∙ Service to Others<br />► If they are helping to plan the events, they are already serving others, but craft events are perfect opportunities to assist other people<br />∙ Safety<br />► Oh, come now! Of all the places a teen/tween might hang out, I feel comfortable saying the library is one of the safest<br />
  9. 9. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Boundaries/Expectations<br />∙ School Boundaries<br />► Craft events at media centers require participants to follow school rules<br />∙ Neighborhood Boundaries<br />► Youth service librarians monitor participants behavior before, during, and after the event<br />∙ Adult Role Models<br />► One would hope that Youth Service Librarians and Media Specialists are good role models<br />∙ Positive Peer Influence<br />► Participants meet more teens/tweens who spend their time at the library<br />∙ High Expectations<br />► Participants are encouraged to do their best, have fun, and clean up<br />
  10. 10. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Constructive Use of Time<br />∙ Creative Activities<br />► Really, now . . . Do I have to explain why and how crafts satisfy this one?<br />∙ Youth Programs<br />► Alright, now. Craft programs = Youth programs. <br /> We good?<br />
  11. 11. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Commitment to Learning<br />∙ School Engagement<br />► The very act of crafting is encouraging creative and analytical thought, resulting in a deeply education experience. Just don’t tell your teens/tweens.<br />∙ Bonding to School<br />► Craft events at school create GOOD memories that are associated with that institution, thereby forming a deeper and more emotive student-school bond<br />∙ Reading for Pleasure<br />► If your craft event is at the library or media center, you are already halfway there to reading for pleasure. Also, teens/tweens are likely to check out books relating to a craft they enjoyed.<br />
  12. 12. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Positive Values<br />∙ Caring<br />► The options are near endless when it comes to craft events that help instill a sense of caring and a desire to aid others<br />∙ Equality and Social Justice<br />► By participating in craft events designed to help charities (Knit a Square), teens and tweens can take an active role in preventing the suffering of those less fortunate<br />∙ Responsibility<br />► Make it clear that participants must clean up their work space after the craft and let them participate in planning and executing a craft event<br />
  13. 13. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Social Competencies<br />∙ Planning and Decision Making<br />► The very act of working on a craft encourages good planning and decision making skills<br />∙ Interpersonal Confidence<br />► Being in close proximity to each other and working on similar craft projects encourages socialization and interaction<br />∙ Cultural Competence<br />► Crafts are excellent opportunities for teens/tweens to learn about other social, religious, and cultural backgrounds<br />∙ Peaceful Conflict Resolution<br />► There will be moments of conflict regarding craft supplies that are running low or in short supply, providing excellent teaching moments for conflict resolution and compromise<br />
  14. 14. Why should I do crafts<br />for teens?<br />Those 40 Developmental Asset Things<br />Positive Identity<br />∙ Personal Power<br />► Put your teens/tweens in control of the planning and execution of a craft event to give them a sense of ownership and power regarding your events<br />∙ Self-Esteem<br />► How does making something with your own two hands that you can take home and show your friends NOT improve self-esteem?<br />∙ Sense of Purpose<br />► Once again, by helping to plan and execute these events, you are giving your teens/tweens a sense of having an impact on their world<br />∙ Positive View of Personal Future<br />► It really is amazing how making something, anything, can encourage optimism. It is exceedingly difficult to look at the future and expect the worst after making something. Try it!<br />
  15. 15. How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Who is your target audience?<br />∙ Obviously, teens and tweens<br />∙ Are you planning an event with a clique in mind?<br /> Otaku, Theater kids, Band kids, Lit kids, Twihards, et al<br />∙ Talk with some of the teens/tweens that would be participating<br />
  16. 16. How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Pregame planning <br />∙ Choose a few potential crafts<br />∙ Do the crafts yourself!<br /> If your primary choice is too hard or boring, switch to backup<br />∙ Gather enough supplies for your group estimate<br /> Get a bit more than you think you will need as it is always good to have extra . . .<br />∙ Simplify any instructions and remove extraneous information<br />
  17. 17. How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Marketing the event<br />∙ Put pictures of the end result on posters and fliers<br />∙ Display the example/test craft items<br />∙ If you have the budget for it, have food and make it widely known that food will be at the event<br />
  18. 18. How to successfully plan and execute a teen craft event<br />Let’s Make Some Cra . . . Crafts <br />I was totally going to say crafts. Yeah. What?<br />∙ Have enough time to setup without feeling harried<br />∙ If possible, have an example at each table<br />∙ Give your teens/tweens space to craft<br /> Don’t over populate a table just to save space<br />∙ Have enough supplies for extras <br /> Most teens will want to do more than one<br />∙ Be prepared to help<br />
  19. 19. Great Craft Ideas!<br />The Quick and the Cheap<br />∙ Cubees and other easy papercrafts<br /><ul><li> Print, cut, fold, and (maybe) tape
  20. 20. Cost is essentially negligible
  21. 21. So fun, so easy, and so many to make!
  22. 22. Your teens/tweens will never get bored of this one
  23. 23. Make a bunch of copies on cardstock and you are always</li></ul>only a few minutes away from a great craft<br /><ul><li>www.cubeecraft.comhttp://www.harlancore.com/boxpunx/http://toy-a-day.blogspot.com/</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />The Quick and the Cheap<br />∙ Gocks<br /><ul><li> Adorable little sock puppets . . . with just a touch of edge
  24. 24. Cost is near-nothing
  25. 25. Just some old socks and random craft supplies
  26. 26. Your teens/tweens will come up with all kinds of crazy stuff
  27. 27. Stock up on orphaned socks and you will always be able to pull this craft out of your hat</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Crafts you wear!<br />∙ Deconstructed T-shirts<br /><ul><li>Have the teens/tweens bring their own shirts = cheap!
  28. 28. Great craft for a recycling theme!
  29. 29. You can make anything from an old T-shirt!</li></ul>Well, maybe not a nuclear reactor . . . At least, not with one shirt.<br /><ul><li>Have a fashion show!</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Crafts you wear!<br />∙ Duct tape Crafts!<br /><ul><li>Duct tape will occupy teens/tweens for hours
  30. 30. Once you get the basic “sheet” structure down, anything can be made
  31. 31. Your teens/tweens WILL use the end result of this craft and that means free advertisement!
  32. 32. Well made duct tape crafts can last forever with minimal repair!
  33. 33. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Duct tape crafts are good for any theme!</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Om Nom Nom . . . Food Crafts!<br />∙ Candy Sushi<br /><ul><li> Fruit by the Foot, Gummi Fish, and Rice Crispy Treats
  34. 34. As fun to make and eat as it is easy!
  35. 35. Great craft/snack to go along with an anime club
  36. 36. Lots of variations for the creative Candy Sushi artist/librarian
  37. 37. Easily done for all ages
  38. 38. They look great when finished! Of course, they get eaten quickly</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Om Nom Nom . . . Food Crafts!<br />∙ Mug Cake<br /><ul><li> Simple ingredients + Mug + Microwave = CAKE!
  39. 39. Easy to make and actually pretty tasty!
  40. 40. Great for fall and winter programs
  41. 41. Recipe is easily varied with great results
  42. 42. Really fun to watch it cook in the microwave
  43. 43. Great craft to use alongside a chemistry unit</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Ideas!<br />Make a little love!<br />Maybe I should have wrote “craft”<br />∙ Knit a Square<br /><ul><li> Knit/crochet an 8-inch square
  44. 44. Relatively easy way to learn or teach how to knit
  45. 45. There is a great teacher’s resource book available from the website for $13, which goes right to the charity
  46. 46. Teens really get enthusiastic about helping others
  47. 47. Make a party of it with pizza and soda . . . Knit all knight!</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano
  48. 48. More crafts than you will ever need!
  49. 49. Great craft ideas for all levels of crafting experience
  50. 50. Fabulous crafts to help decorate your Teen and Children’s areas
  51. 51. $19.95 cover price</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>Generation T books by Megan Nicolay
  52. 52. Both books provide simple and complex projects
  53. 53. Easy no-sew options in each book
  54. 54. Beyond Fashion has a section with guys in mind
  55. 55. Both books have a $15.95 cover price</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>Cute Stuff by AranziAronzo
  56. 56. So much cute, your head might just explode!
  57. 57. Great patterns and instructions
  58. 58. Your teens will use and wear what they make and be fantastic advertisement for your programs
  59. 59. Great for the anime and manga fans
  60. 60. $14.95 cover price and worth every penny!</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>Ductigami: the art of the tape by Joe Wilson
  61. 61. Every Teen/Tween Librarian NEEDS this book!
  62. 62. Clear and concise instructions from the very basic to the more complex
  63. 63. Patterns and instructions are easily copied
  64. 64. $14.95 cover price</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>Pack-o-Fun
  65. 65. Don’t discount the “Kiddish” ideas
  66. 66. Great ideas in every issue
  67. 67. Most libraries already have a subscription </li></ul> (Check the children’s librarian’s desk, if you can’t find yours )<br /><ul><li> About $22 for 6 issues</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />Books and Magazines<br /><ul><li>Shojo Beat
  68. 68. Not in every issue, but incredible craft ideas can be found
  69. 69. Relatively easy and good looking crafts
  70. 70. Great for your manga crowd
  71. 71. Sadly, this magazine is no longer published, but you can often find issues in bargain bins at comic shops and book stores</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br />
  72. 72. Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>折り紙クラブ </li></ul> Origami Club<br /><ul><li>en.origami-club.com
  73. 73. Easy to use instructions
  74. 74. Tons of categorized patterns with difficulty clearly marked from one star to five
  75. 75. FREAKIN’ DINOSAURS!
  76. 76. No origami paper? Just print some from the site!
  77. 77. Just print, cut, and fold!
  78. 78. New designs posted frequently
  79. 79. Did I mention freakin’ dinosaurs?!?</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>CraftZine
  80. 80. blog.craftzine.com/
  81. 81. Blog with craft projects and instructions or links to featured craft projects
  82. 82. Simple to complex
  83. 83. Separated by category and type
  84. 84. Some of the featured crafts may be a bit pricey
  85. 85. New things posted almost every day</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>4YA
  86. 86. www.the4yablog.com/
  87. 87. Blog with craft ideas, program ideas, and more
  88. 88. Links to great crafts out there in the intarwebs
  89. 89. Simply do a search for a theme or craft
  90. 90. Specifically targets those who work with teens
  91. 91. Does the searching for you, no need to pore over Google looking for the ideal teen craft.
  92. 92. New posts almost every day</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>Instructables
  93. 93. www.instructables.com
  94. 94. Instructions to make almost anything!
  95. 95. Great instructions for simple to incredibly complex craft and DIY projects
  96. 96. PDF copies of each instructable are available to those who sign up as members (free)
  97. 97. No better source for inspiration
  98. 98. TONS of crafts that would be perfect for Teen Tech Week and other Yalsa theme events
  99. 99. More amazing things added EVERY MINUTE!</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>Making Friends
  100. 100. www.makingfriends.com
  101. 101. May seem kiddish, but many of these crafts can be tailored to teens
  102. 102. Categorized and searchable by theme, materials, target audience, and season
  103. 103. Sadly, the instructions aren’t great, but it is a good source for inspiration
  104. 104. If you are the lazy or busy type, they will sell you the materials needed right from the site</li></li></ul><li>Great Craft Resources<br />TehIntarwebs!<br /> (Websites, E-Zines, Blogs, Et al)<br /><ul><li>Share Your</li></ul> Library Programs<br /><ul><li>docs.google.com/View?id=dgqcvc2p_2g2fk6wgk
  105. 105. Great instructions for crafts in this presentation and more with more coming all the time!
  106. 106. Send one of us an email and we can give you editing capability . . . Add your own ideas!
  107. 107. Links to great resources!
  108. 108. Craft programs with libraries in mind</li></li></ul><li>Contact us!<br />Questions, complaints, need to wile away the lonely nights?<br />∙ Lindsey Tomsu<br /><ul><li>LaVista Public Library
  109. 109. ltomsu@lavistamail.mccneb.edu</li></ul>∙ Jake Rundle<br /><ul><li>Keene Memorial Library
  110. 110. rundleje@gmail.com</li></ul>∙ Gordon Wyant<br /><ul><li>Bellevue Public Library
  111. 111. gordon.wyant@bellevue.net</li>

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