Stuffed Toy Taxidermy

Tonight has probably been the best Teen Crafternoon I’ve hosted so far! We made stuffed toy taxidermy. I got the idea from the Dollar Store Crafts Blog. It’s one of those projects that looks really difficult, but is actually insanely simple. My teens had a blast, fur was flying everywhere! They really seemed to enjoy creating some stuffed animal carnage.

Supply Costs:

Plywood circles – 99 cents each at Michael’s (I spent approximately $10)
Paint and paintbrushes – free, we already had some at the library
Glue guns and glue sticks – free, we already had some at the library
Old stuffed animals – free, the teens brought their own
Total – Approximately $10

Active Time: 22 minutes

So, if you’re look for a cheap, quick, and easy craft to do with your teens – I highly recommend this one. Here are the instructions.

Teen Read Week – Seek the Unknown

Teen Read Week is coming up quick. I’ve been batting ideas around with our branches’ teen programmers because we kind of wanted to do a couple things system-wide. Here are some ideas I put out:

Edible Book Craft (from the TRW website): Tiny, edible books made from fruit leather and fun-size chocolate bars. I am definitely planning on doing this at the main library.

Spooky Story Contest (also from the TRW website): This one would be a system-wide program, with one winner from each branch. Teens would be encouraged to send in short, spooky stories from October 1st- October 15th. We would judge them and announce the winners on the last day of TRW. Not sure what we would do for prizes, though.

Reviews for Fines: I’m keeping my fingers-crossed that the branch managers agree to this one, if not we’ll still implement it at the main library. Basically for every review teens  bring in, they get one fine waived. We will share the reviews online.

Alien/ Cryptozoology Investigation Program: I’m really excited about this one! I’ve contacted the WV chapter of MUFON and they are going to do a presentation on alien investigation and UFOS for us. While chatting with the chapter head, he mentioned that he also teaches a class on cryptozoology and agreed to expand the presentation to include some info on that, too. I had a paranormal society give a presentation during summer reading and it was one of my more successful programs, so I have high hopes for this one. Also, my teens love cryptids.

This is my first Teen Read Week, so I hope it goes well.

Summer Reading


Beneath the Surface Display

This year, I’m planning my first-ever Summer Reading Program. Since taking over teen programming at my library, I’ve been able to host several successful programs. Our Circulation Manager reports that patrons have shown a lot of interest in the program, so I have high hopes. The program will run June 15-August 10 and the theme is Beneath the Surface. Teens will be given BINGO cards to complete – each completed BINGO card equals entry into our weekly and grand prize drawings. Weekly prizes range from pool passes to iTunes gift cards. The grand prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tab!

We kick-off next weekend with a zombie-themed party. There will be food, of course! We’ll play what I’m calling “Corpse Cornhole” – a cornhole game painted to look like a zombie. There’s also going to be a make-up station and photo area where teens can zombify themselves. We have a lot of great programs in the works: a visit from the state paranormal society, a crime scene presentation from a detective, a MuVChat screening, and lots of crafts. Our teens go crazy for crafts.

A local home for teen boys is going to participate and I’m very excited. When I drove the bookmobile, it was one of my favorite stops. The guys were so eager and excited to have access to library materials. I’m really looking forward to working with them again. I tailored a special BINGO card for them because they have limited internet access and would not be able to complete certain tasks on the regular BINGO cards.

I’ve attached the BINGO card below.

Summer Reading BINGO