Duct Tape to Dunk Tanks - Teen Programs You Can Use


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Join Suzanne Walker, Children's Services Consultant from the Indiana State Library to get concrete examples of great teen-tested programs for your library! From duck tape to dunk tanks, get great program ideas that teens can't resist. Suzanne will cover crafts, clubs, and community involvement in this session that's sure to spice up your offerings.

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Duct Tape to Dunk Tanks - Teen Programs You Can Use

  1. 1. Duct Tape to Dunk Tanks Suzanne Walker – Presenter suwalker@library.in.gov
  2. 2. Suzanne Walker - Presenter
  3. 3. GAMES and GAMING
  4. 4. TODAY • Tweet @suzieecw • Games and Gaming • Arts and Crafts • Anime/Manga Clubs • Parties • Teens and Mysteries • Movies • Books
  5. 5. TODAY • After Hours • Guest Speakers • Foodies
  6. 6. Games and Gaming – If you can play it, you can have a teen program… • Apples to Apples • Spoons • Wii or other Gaming System • Hide and Seek after hours • Field Day Type Games
  7. 7. Library Golf • Teens reate “holes” in your library with books • Golf with yard sticks and golf balls
  8. 8. After school “Dance Dance Revolution” • Or whatever gaming software and game is currently available and popular
  9. 9. “Dungeons and Dragons Club”
  10. 10. Settlers of Catan
  11. 11. • Life Sized Monopoly
  12. 12. Life Size Candy Land • Life Size Candy Land (I made cardboard figures for the various cutouts and used sheets of colored foam as the pathway. The teens had a blast and played the game at least three times!) Elkhart Public Library
  13. 13. • Life-Sized Clue - staff actually dressed up and acted out the characters of Col. Mustard, Prof. Plum, etc. • Life-Size Angry Birds - used balls and boxes to play Angry Birds • Tipton County Public Library
  14. 14. Open Gaming • Open Gaming Tuesdays: a long-lasting, fun program for teens, simply because it breeds so much cross-clique interaction. We put out the Legos and Minecraft (on our account, on our netbooks) and they go to it! • Mitchell Public Library
  15. 15. Arts and Crafts – IF you can make it… you can have a teen program
  16. 16. Arts and Crafts – IF you can make it… you can have a teen program • Knitting / Crocheting • Scrapbooking • Holiday Crafts • Tee Shirts • Body Art • Duct Tape (duh) • Green / Recycled Crafts
  17. 17. Finished product from “Knit and Natter” Also works with crocheting…
  18. 18. “Glass Paint Swirled Holiday Ornaments” Example of what they look like…
  19. 19. “Weaving Program”
  20. 20. • Homeschool Art Series: Using materials on loan from the National Gallery of Art, I do a short presentation on a period or style of art, then the teens go create their own art using a related medium or method. • Mitchell Public Library
  21. 21. “Magazine Bowl Program”
  22. 22. “Duct Tape Flip Flops” (pic borrowed from another library)
  23. 23. • It never fails... ANYTHING involving duct tape. I have two teens on my teen council who LOVE duct tape. Last year, one of them volunteered to teach a summer reading program (Duct Tape Lockers, where teens essentially covered boxes with duct tape). The program was my highest attended program and the easiest for me since I had worked with him and prepared him to teach a program. The success of that program has opened up opportunities for me to have more Teen Council members teach programs, which is always a huge help to myself and Teen and Adult Staff (I'm the only teen librarian). Teen Services Librarian Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
  24. 24. Nightmare before Christmas Clay Craft
  25. 25. “Mini Murder Mystery Scenes”
  26. 26. We just called them "night creatures," and I just had a picture example and they went to town! It was just material and felt scraps, jewels, and chenille stems, kind of like the mummy you had us make out of florist wire and crepe paper. Jay County Public Library
  27. 27. Freaky Frankentoys Shelby County Public Library
  28. 28. • http://www.craftstylish.com/item/4976/how- to-emboss-a-metal-tin/page/all • Embossing Art • Vermillion County Public Library
  29. 29. • We also had a large turnout for Wookie Tissue box covers. Teen Services Librarian Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
  30. 30. • Rube Goldberg Machine (Teen Tech Week build a machine. I had a general plan ahead of time but incorporated the kids’ ideas as we went. I was amazed by their creativity. Watch tons of YouTube videos to get good ideas. With our limited time we weren’t able to have a success but most of the steps worked separately and they had a great time!) Elkhart Public Library
  31. 31. A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
  32. 32. “Sidewalk Chalk Program”
  33. 33. “Henna Tattooing Program” This is Henna when it is still wet and staining the skin.
  34. 34. “Henna Tattooing Program” - This is a Henna Tattoo after the Henna has been removed.
  35. 35. • Tie Dye is easy with kits • I’ve use the Tulip kits
  36. 36. Anime/ Manga Clubs • Still seem to be somewhat popular
  37. 37. Anime / Manga Club (Culture Clubs)
  38. 38. Making Rice Balls with the Anime / Manga Club
  39. 39. Painting Japanese Fans for Anime / Manga Club
  40. 40. Sushi
  41. 41. • Origami
  42. 42. • Paint your own parasols…
  43. 43. Make your own tee shirts
  44. 44. Candy Sushi
  45. 45. • Shrinky Dinks
  46. 46. • Make your own buttons
  47. 47. • Last night we had Karaoke Night for our Manga club, it was AWESOME. Everyone got up and sang voluntarily. I was shocked. • Bedford Public Library
  48. 48. PARTIES!
  49. 49. “Harry Potter Party” – Teens volunteered
  50. 50. “Harry Potter Party” – Teens volunteered
  51. 51. • HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! PARTY • In January, we celebrated the 39th anniversary of the debut of the TV show “Happy Days” with music, games, and food from the 1950s. Dressing up in 50s fashion was optional, but those who did were given a small prize. Competition activities included a 1950s trivia quiz, hula hoop contest, “Name That Tune,” and a “car hop” relay. We also had Yahtzee and Checkers out for those who wanted to play. Snacks were potato chips, popcorn, M&Ms, and Coke or Root Beer floats. • Vigo County Public Library
  52. 52. • UN-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY • We celebrated everything UN-Valentine. Teens learned how to make duct tape roses from another teen, made un-valentine cards, created funny captions for valentine pictures, defaced candy hearts, and made their own catapults to launch the candy hearts across the room. Theme-based snacks were “broken heart cookies” (sugar cookies broken in half), chocolate hearts, and red drinks. • Vigo County Public Library
  53. 53. • Zombie Prom (dress up, Pin the Brain on the Zombie, other zombie games) Elkhart Public Library
  54. 54. • Hunger Games Party • -archery range (with toy bow and arrows), tribute costume contest, snacks from the "Mellark Bakery," and I also printed off different Hunger Games profiles where the kids were given a name, a district, and how they died • (I booktalked some other dystopian novels prior to the party.) Alexandria-Monroe Public Library
  55. 55. • Zombie Program- A friend and I showed teens how to create zombie wounds using liquid latex and toilet paper. Then we had zombie snacks and watched Night of the Living Dead. • Centerville-Center Township Public Library Zombie Prom (dress up, Pin the Brain on the Zombie, other zombie games) Elkhart Public Library
  56. 56. Teens and Mysteries
  57. 57. • WHAT HAPPENED TO SANTA? • Santa mysteriously disappeared! Teens had to help find him in time for Christmas by putting together clues earned by participating crafts and other activities. The clues were individual words that when arranged in order practically spelled out what happened to him. Crafts included making graham cracker houses, decorating potholders, sun catchers, and cookies; making “peace” beaded and reindeer ornaments; building snowmen out of cotton balls; making cone hats, and dipping pretzels in white chocolate. Activities were a Simpson’s trivia quiz, “Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer Bowling,” and a “Gift Box” piñata held the key to finding Santa: We had to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and then he (actually a she) appeared! • Created by the TAB group at the Vigo County Public Library
  58. 58. • Murder Mystery Party • -purchased a murder mystery game and asked for volunteers to play characters (I usually had more people attend than there were characters) • (winner of the game received a copy of The Hunger Games and I booktalked a bunch of different mysterys available at the library) Alexandria-Monroe Public Library
  59. 59. Teen Council • Target teens already coming to your library • Give them a reason to exist…Grant? Have them help you plan your programs? • Feed them • Review Books for your department • Have a mission and goals
  60. 60. • The top teen program at the Mitchell Library this year was when we recorded the Harlem Shake (getting all photo permission forms, of course) at the library, then had the teens edit the video. Teens with their own devices edited the video they (or a parent) shot on that device, while kids without a device used the library's raw footage. Library staff was made available to the teens to help them in the editing process, but the teens preferred to figure it out on their own. We had over 20 teens and tweens shooting or participating in the Harlem Shake, and 3 edits were submitted. I posted the one best on our Facebook page, and the others have our "seal of approval" on YouTube.
  61. 61. Movies
  62. 62. • MuVChat – Oakland City Public Library
  63. 63. Lock-Ins and After Hours Programs • Permission slips including: – Behavior agreement – Emergency contact – Hold harmless in case of hospital visit – Information on how they will be leaving the next day – Make sure parents can get a hold of their child if the phones at the library are turned off
  64. 64. Music / Poetry / Writing / Book Discussions • Music Jams • Writing Clubs • Poetry Writing Clubs / Poetry Readings / Poetry Contests • Book Discussions / Book Clubs • Book Trailers
  65. 65. • book speed dating (copy an excerpt from various genres, make teens read & rate, reveal titles) • Muncie Public Library
  66. 66. • April is National Poetry Month and APL is celebrating by holding a Twitter Poetry Contest! How it works: Register for the contest online. • Subscribe to our Twitter feed, @andersonlibrary. • Post three (3) tweets to your own public Twitter feed with the @andersonlibrary handle. The three tweets together will count as one entry. At least one of the tweets must reference libraries, books, reading, or Anderson. • Check out the contest website during National Library Week, April 14-20, to see the entries and vote for your favorites. • Three winners will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to be used at any Anderson Public Library Friends of the Library book sale.
  67. 67. Booktalks • Try to get into schools for a captive teen audience • Promote new books, classics, weeding candidates • Use chocolate to get the attention of teachers • Show trailers as well
  68. 68. • Author Fair / Read and Feed
  69. 69. Guest Speakers / Performers • Authors • Artists who will teach a drawing class • Someone who will speak on topics requested by your teens
  70. 70. Harry and the Potters • They came to our Yule Ball!
  71. 71. Foodie Programs! • Pizza Taste Off • Make Smoothies • Chocolate Dipped Pretzles, cookies, etc • Healthy Dinner (they help make everything)
  72. 72. • Design Your Own Sandwich • -provided the kids with a bunch of different ingredients and let them go crazy • (I also had a bunch of cookbooks on display.) Alexandria-Monroe Public Library
  73. 73. So many other great programs!!! • Just add your personality and their suggestions and you will have winning programs… • Don’t give up! It takes a lot to build a successful Teen Department!
  74. 74. Contact Me! Suzanne Walker Indiana State Library suwalker@library.in.gov Twitter: @suzieecw Phone: 317.234.5649