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Year Published: 2013
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From the authors of the enormously popular Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects comes an all-new selection of innovative ideas. These projects have been chosen especially to engage tweens and teens—and have been field-tested by YA librarian Amy Alessio’s Teen Corps, students in grades 6–12 at the Schaumburg Township (IL) Public Library. For maximum fun, this book
With numerous projects easy enough to be assembled in the library either by groups or someone working alone, this book will get YA librarians, educators, and their students whipping up creative crafts in no time!
- Includes a variety of crafts that make use of recycled and repurposed materials
- Lists the tools and equipment needed for each project, followed by step-by-step instructions and photographs
- Assigns a difficulty level, ideal group size, and suggests a timeframe for each activity
- Offers several “Quick-fire” options to fit crafting into shorter time slots
Table of Contents
Foreword by Amy Alessio and Katie LaMantia vii
- Design Your Own Picture Frames 1
- Paper Scrap Stationery 5
- Design Your Own Patches 9
- No-Sew Organizers 15
- Fabric Scrap Accessories 21
- Recycled Mobiles 27
- Decorated Containers 33
- Memory Boards 39
- Rock Star Jewelry 47
- Book Boxes 55
- Polymer Clay Creatures 61
- Make Your Own Games 69
Appendix A: Templates 79
Appendix B: Supplies, Tools, and Project Materials 85
Appendix C: Glossary 89
Appendix D: Resources 93
About the Authors
Tina Coleman is member specialist for the Membership Development office of the American Library Association. In addition to her work in Membership Development, her previous position as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics gave her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents. Coleman won the 2006 ALA Staff Achievement Award.
Peggie Llanes worked for many years at Christopher House, a Chicago day care and social services center, where she had extensive training in child development, social service, and community and group work. Through her experience working with underprivileged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality and enhance self-esteem.
"[An] excellent supplementary reference and resource for teachers, librarians, homeschoolers, parents, sitters, and anyone else looking to share a hands-on creative and educational experience with young people. "
The follow-up to The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects (2009) features 12 teen-tested activities, such as “No-Sew Organizers” and “Rock Star Jewelry.” Going beyond the traditional craft book or blog post, this volume includes library-programming-specific tips for success by discussing difficulty, time expectations, supervision requirements, group-size recommendations, and mess factor. The authors do an admirably thorough job of outlining prep work and setup; plus, they describe “quick-fire versions” and adaptations to make the projects suitable for other age groups. The book has many black-and-white photos and step-by-step instructions; even better would have been color pictures and easily reproducible pages to make those directions into handouts. Although the price tag may be hard to swallow for the thriftiest among us, which often lines up with those also considered the “craftiest,” the hand-holding may prove invaluable to the DIY-shy and librarians new to the overwhelming realm of teen crafts.-- Genevieve Grove, Booklist