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Peep-a-Palooza: Revenge of the Peeps

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 head Easter eggs I grabbed for the Teen Lock In- see previous post).

On the big day, I filled some tables with boxes of Peeps, basic craft supplies, snacks (pretzels) and let them have at it. I had printed out some pix of Peep creations I grabbed off the web, and some from last year's event and hung them up for Peep-spi-ration. This is a super easy and fun program for all ages and I think we will be continuing the tradition for a long time to come.

To see many of the great dioramas check out my album. Dance Moms was oddly popular.


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