Now, I can't take credit for this as it was already in play before I started working at my new library but this is a really great program that has been a hit for two years in a row. And it's super easy on the librarian running it.
I feature these as family events because 1. we don't have enough family events and 2. it helps to have more adults who can wield a glue gun in the room.
I called up Payless Shoes about two weeks before the program and asked them to put some boxes aside for me. I also asked the staff (and gave them about 6 months of warning). I ended up having almost 50 shoe boxes, 99% with lids. Not too shabby!
Then, before Easter, I panicked and ran to the store to buy Peeps at about 1.07 a package. After the holiday, I saw my panic was for naught as the box store had hundreds of them left at .57 a package. You never can tell, though. I also grabbed jelly beans, Easter grass, and these marshmallow things that looked like cupcakes (and I found some Darth Vader …
My library(ies) recently hosted a Lock In for teens ages 12-18. I love after hours things. If they had done stuff like this when I was a kid......anyway. I thought I would break it down and share it in case anyone is thinking about hosting a lock in and wants to see one that is themed Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Note: this was our 3rd LI, the other two were also crazy successful (we did Humans V Zombies, and Hunger Games).
Also note: The age range will be returning to the 13-18 year olds. Nuff said.
One more note: I am very lucky to have a ton of adult volunteers who come in and help, and this year some of my original members of Teen Book Club are 19 (!) so I brought them in as chaperones too.
So, the basic schedule was as such:
6pm-7pm Food, games in room, and opening remarks (with two corny icebreakers)
In the room we had a post it note Tetris Wall, similar to this. It garnered what I would call...medium amount of attention. I do food right away because they come in hungry, they…