Cozy Crafts for Winter Months

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Looking for some simple crafts for your winter teen programs? Here’s two cozy and easy fleece projects to consider:

DIY Pet Blankets 

My pup, Fancy, enjoying her DIY pet blanket.

I used this craft as the first official program that I hosted at the main branch of the library system I work for, teens could make a blanket for their own pet or one to donate our local humane society. Unfortunately, only two teens participated – so the humane society didn’t get the donations I had hoped for. However, the teens enjoyed themselves and I highly recommend this craft. I used this tutorial from Dog Milk for instructions: http://bit.ly/1MU7JYA.

Pro tip: Use actual fabric scissors. All I had available were standard office scissors and it was super-difficult to cut the fleece with those.

No-Sew Fleece Hat

Since I have tons of fleece leftover from the pet blanket program, I decided to reuse it in January to make no-sew fleece hats. These instructions from My Fabric Obsession are very easy to follow: http://bit.ly/1MUbbCx. It took me about 15 minutes to make the example below.

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Who wore it best?

 

 

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Read-Alikes

If you’re anything like me, you’ve binge-watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at least five times since its debut on Netflix. My Unbreakableaddiction is seriously becoming a problem, it’s even spurred several bouts of Hulkamania. I need more! If you also need more Unbreakablegoodness in your life, step away from the TV, grab some pinot noir, and check out one of these books:

Dawn and the Surfer Ghost by Ann M. Martin – This book helped Kimmy survive the bunker and put Xanthippe in her place, so you know it’s good. C’mon there is a surfer ghost, what more could you ask for?!

Bossypants by Tina Fey – Fey’s signature humor is what makesUnbreakable so fantastic, so her book is a must-read for fans.

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus – If you enjoy watching watching Kimmy’s experiences working for the uber-rich Vorhees clan, you’ll love this humorous look at Park Aveune nannyhood.

Finding Me by Michelle Knight – If the plight of the Mole Women has you interested in real-life kidnapping survivors, pick up Michelle Knight’s memoir. It’s a heartbreaking but inspiring tale of courage in the face of unimaginable circumstances.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – Do you crack up watching Titus’s attempts to become a famous actor? Then you might like this charming novel about a young woman also trying to find acting success in New York.

Originally posted on OverDrive Blogs. 

Awesome Readers’ Club – Uglies

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This month, ARC is reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. This is my second go at Uglies, I didn’t finish it the first time around. I don’t remember why. In addition to discussion, I have a couple other activities planned: the Opening Lines Matching Game and it’s time for us to select more books to read (yay!). For book selections, I generally let everyone write down suggestions to put in a basket and then we pull titles at random. We then look up a description of the titles pulled and vote on whether or not the club wants to read it. We will choose about 6 books at a time. I also put a few titles into the basket (which is how we ended up reading The Name of the Star last year). The teens enjoy this method because everyone gets to be involved in selection and they feel like their voices get heard.

On to the discussion questions. This month I’ll be using questions that Mr. Westerfeld himself wrote (found on his blog).

*WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*

1. Have you ever had a friend like Peris, who abandoned your friendship after they moved away?

2. At first, did you hope Tally would get the operation? When did you change your mind? (Or did you?)

3. Have you ever found yourself trusting someone more or paying more attention to what they said not because they deserved it, but just because of their looks?

4. In what ways did Tally’s trip through the wild prepare her for what she learned in the Smoke?

5. Would you give up your ability to think independently in exchange for being happy, beautiful, perpetually healthy, and rich?

6. How did David see Tally differently than she saw herself?

7. If Shay could have gone back in time and never have met Tally, do you think she would?

8. Other than the pretty operation, what are the main differences between the pretty society and our own? (Are there any ways in which the pretty society is healthier than ours?)

9. To what extent did Tally decide her own fate, and how much did other people decide it for her?

10. The Rusty civilization collapsed because of its dependence on oil. In what ways is your lifestyle dependent on oil and gasoline? How easily would you survive if it all disappeared one day?

Read It Then Stream It – Graphic

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Our OverDrive collection just added streaming video, like today. I created the graphic above and accompanying Tumblr post to promote it. I thought it would be a good idea to use the same color scheme as our OverDrive site and logo, so our regular patrons would recognize it easily.