The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects

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It's not your grandmother's crafting projects! Instead, hip librarians as well as their teen patrons can engage in the hottest new DIY way of life, recycling everything from discarded books to Altoids tins. Getting hands-on and making the coolest crafts can be a way to encourage teens' individuality and growing sense of self. Whether projects are used for teen programs, to decorate the library's public teen space, or for a personal style statement, these are cutting-edge, must-do celebrations of creativity and innovation from two book- and library-loving crafters.

Reflecting the true style and personality of hipster YA librarians and the teens they serve, this practical guide

  • Offers detailed step-by-step instructions for a dozen unique craft items
  • Provides one-page reproducible how-to handouts for each craft project
  • Illustrates each step with photos
  • Outlines tools and materials lists for smooth-running craft programs
  • Is supplemented by the authors' online resources, including a blog

    The authors' focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries' budget constraints. These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence—at the library!

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  • Foreword, by Heather Booth

    Project 1 Creative Marbles
    Project 2 Melted Crayon Bookmarks
    Project 3 Pressed Flower Note Cards
    Project 4 Blank Books
    Project 5 Layered Fabric Collages
    Project 6 Coasters and Trivets
    Project 7 Rubber Band Bracelets and Necklaces
    Project 8 Mosaic Tile Jewelry
    Project 9 Woven Paper Baskets
    Project 10 Vinyl Totes
    Project 11 T-shirt Reconstruction
    Project 12 Book Pillows

    Appendix: Supplies, Tools, and Project Materials

    Tina Coleman

    Tina Coleman is member specialist for the membership development department of the American Library Association. Winner of the ALA 2006 Staff Achievement Award, her work as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics has given her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents.

    Peggie Llanes

    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 underprividged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality and enhance the self esteem.

    "Aiming for low-cost projects that recycle and repurpose unwanted materials, the book includes a dozen step-by-step projects for you to try at home." –Cut Out + Keep

    "This would be a useful resource for anyone interested in increasing or expanding their teen programming." --Booklist