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Book to Movie Display

One of my most popular book displays was my first display with 3D elements that looked good enough to eat! I chose to highlight books being made into movies in the coming year or being released on DVD soon. I added 3D popcorn and a few other fun elements to liven it up.

Mystery Display

The first display I did at my new branch was quite some time ago. After a bit of a delay, I’m finally showing off my handiwork. I was asked to make a YA mystery display.

Teen Romance Display

Before we reopened my branch after renovation and inventory, I decided to change out the YA displays that had been up for a while. I decided with spring upon us, summer romance was on everyone’s mind.

Divergent Party

I wanted to do a program for the upcoming release of the Insurgent movie, so I decided to throw a Divergent party! This was actually my last young adult program at this branch. I’m leaving this position next week, so, though this was a very fun program, it was also bittersweet.

I wanted to design a party similar to the Harry Potter program from last month so that the teens could have a few options for activities and float around to whatever struck their fancy.

I started with a sorting station with a laptop on which I’d pulled up the official faction sorting quiz on the Divergent website. Next to it, I placed some Hershey’s miniatures that were marked for each faction. I got the idea from Inksplasher, but sadly their printable doesn’t work, so I had to format the wrappers myself which involved a bit of trial and error.

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After they were sorted, we had a table for each faction with decorations and an activity inspired by the manifesto of each group as well as their element (i.e. blue water for Erudite, soil for Amity, glass for Candor, fire/charcoal for Dauntless, and stone for Abnegation). First, we had our Dauntless. I decided that since Dauntless values bravery with a bit of recklessness, we would sum that up with truth or dare.

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We also would have done temporary tattoos here, but I had the brilliant idea to buy tattoo transfer paper on Amazon to print out our own instead of buying pre-made tattoos, and ($19 later) I discovered that the inkjet transfer paper doesn’t work even when you follow all the instructions.

Then, we had Abnegation. Since Abnegation is all about selflessly serving others, I decided we’d have a card making station for soldiers serving overseas.

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Next was the Amity station. I decided we’d sum up friendship with a friendship bracelet making station.

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Then came Erudite with a bit of trivia as well as some free bookmarks for our friends who value knowledge above all else.

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Finally, we had Candor with a game of would you rather which forced the players to be honest about their choices and summed up the emphasis on honesty perfectly.

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For our Divergent table (for those who fit into more than one faction), we had Cranium since it basically combined all the different factions. If you’re not familiar with Cranium, it is like Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, charades, and a few other games all rolled into one.

Overall, this was a pretty cheap program. I think the total (minus the tattoo transfer paper that didn’t work) was about $20, and we had a nice turnout since I timed it so close to the movie release.


Harry Potter Party

Last semester when I was formulating my plans for programming in the spring 2015 semester, I was short on ideas for my teens. So, I sat them down after my Hunger Games Challenge in the fall and asked what they’d like to see me do. They told me that they’d like more game show programs (hence my Family Feud program) and that they would like for me to do a Harry Potter program, even though it was “old” because no other librarians in the system would do that until the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rolled around.  I was thrilled!

Harry Potter is my fandom. I love other books and belong to a variety of other fandoms, but Harry Potter is my main one. I ran HP fansites growing up, I participated in HP roleplay, wrote HP fanfiction, went to HP conventions like Infinitus and LeakyCon, and cosplayed as Narcissa Black/Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, and Fleur Delacour. It’s my thing, so they knew that I would put together something fantastic, and I was excited since I hadn’t thrown a Potter party in at least four years or so.

I started with the activities. Since it was a party, I wanted it to be fairly free. I wanted to have one main organized activity for everyone and then stations they could go to as they wanted. So, I decided to do a few simple games like Harry Potter BINGO:

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I found a site to create your own Bingo cards and just plugged in some Harry Potter words. I made one card (the blue one for Ravenclaw) for people more familiar with the books where I would give them a clue like “Centaurs roam the Forbidden Forest by Hogwarts. In Greek mythology, centaurs are half man and half” that they would have to answer (“Horse”) in order to find the correct square to cover. The red cards were more straightforward, and I would just call the words on the cards themselves for those who weren’t familiar with the books or thought the Ravenclaw version of this game was a little too intimidating.

In addition to Bingo, we had Draw the Scar on Harry. I used Pin the Tail on the Donkey as a model and blew up a picture of Harry, laminated it, and put it on a poster. That way, each player could have a different color dry erase marker to try to draw the lightning bolt scar on Harry’s forehead in the correct position while blindfolded. The person who got the closest won, and we could just erase the marks and start another round.

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Our final small game was a Bertie Botts Challenge. I was warned when I was planning this program that the teens had been forced to eat the actual Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans that you can buy at the store at a previous Potter program, and they had hated it. Personally, I hate them too. So, we did a “guess how many jellybeans are in the jar” game with regular old jellybeans. The person who got the closest would win the jar.

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I originally got the idea to do a scavenger hunt (aka “Horcrux hunt”) from The Leaky Cauldron’s section on Harry Potter party ideas. There was a link to a finished hunt complete with clues, but I decided to make my own clues to better suit my needs. I just wrote up a few rhyming clues, printed out pictures of the horcruxes, and hid them around the room. (That’s really what spurred me to make the majority of my decorations.) Here are the clues I came up with:

  • Your journey begins “once upon a time,”
    But you won’t find Mother Goose near these nursery rhymes.
    Remember, you won’t get far without your card
    For how else would you check out the tales of this bard?

    This led to The Tales of Beedle the Bard in my Harry Potter book display in which was hidden the next clue and the diary horcrux.
  • Not much is seen of vampires in the world of young Harry.
    But what we do see makes they seem a bit scary.
    Unlike the ones in this tale that set everyone a-twitter,
    They feared the sun, but didn’t sparkle and glitter.

    This led to Twilight in my “Other” book display in which was hidden the next clue, a set of scrambled letters, and the ring horcrux.
  • Unscramble the letters and a word you will find.
    If you cannot, you’ll be in quite a bind.
    But save yourself some time and a bit of a pickle
    If you know where you get if a pear you do tickle

    This led them to the kitchen where they found the next clue with the cup horcrux.
  • This clue certainly separates the wheat from the chaff.
    To find what you seek, you must venture where none walk but staff.
    This closet may not be under the stair
    But in it, we keep all supplies that are spare.
    This led to the staff supply closet in the meeting room in which was hidden the next clue with the snake horcrux.
  • You’re getting close but still so far.
    What you seek next might fit a queen or a tsar.
    You must prove your worth, I decree.
    And Rowena Ravenclaw must surely agree.
    Solve the riddle. Show your worth
    For the next item you must unearth.
    Tall I am young,
    Short I am old,
    While with life I glow,
    Wind is my foe.
    What am I?

    The answer is a candle, so this led them to a battery operated candle on one of the tables where the next clue was hidden with the diadem horcrux.
  • One more item, and then you’re off the hook!
    Look for it alongside a spellbook.
    In order to solve this ongoing mystery,
    You might want to brush up on your history.
    This led them to the History of Magic spellbook I’d made and the final (locket) horcrux.

I also set out some Harry Potter crosswords and word search puzzles that I found online.
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I knew that in order to have a great party, you need to have a photo booth so I set aside some time and money to make some great photo booth props. First, I bought a set on Etsy that you can just print out and attach to dowels. It was easy and cost about $9. There’s another set for about $12 and another for about $8. I already had the Spectrespecs at home from my Luna costume.

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Then, I made a wanted poster similar to the one seen in the movies for Sirius Black as well as an Azkaban sign to hold (which you can see above under the props) for the photo booth. I used a technique similar to this tutorial, but I ended up just cutting out all my letters by hand and gluing them on the sign after painting it to look weathered and torn.

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For our backdrop, I just took a plain white sheet, cut it to the size I wanted, and stamped it with a spare brick dipped in red paint to make it look like a brick wall. Then, I made a sign to hang on it, and voilà! We had Platform 9 3/4. You could also cut a slit in the sheet to use it as an entrance/door, but I wanted it to be solid for the backdrop.
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Here are a few photos of me at the photo booth all dressed up in my Luna Lovegood costume.

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I am a huge wizard rock (or “wrock”) fan. If you’re familiar, it’s a genre of music based on the Harry Potter novels. Though other fandoms created their own genres (“Twi-rock,” for example), wizard rock was the first genre of music inspired solely by a series of books. There are plenty of amazing songs and wizard rockers out there, and I ended up going through my own wrock library and finding teen-appropriate songs. (Be very careful if you choose to incorporate wrock into a teen program because some lyrics aren’t appropriate for all audiences). I stuck with bands like The Butterbeer Experience, The Ministry of Magic, Marked As His Equal, and (my personal favorite) Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls.

What kind of party would it be without some themed treats? I found several printables for treat bags:
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Beverage Labels:
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Candy Labels (which went in the treat bags:
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(I used oatmeal cream pies for the Cauldron Cakes, Safety Pops for the Acid Pops, toffees from Dollar Tree for the Ton Tongue Toffees, random hard candies from Dollar Tree for the Fizzing Whizbees, turtle clusters for the Cockroach Clusters, and off-brand jellybeans for Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.)

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Since we had so many games, we have to have prizes, right? I dug around in my collection of HP stuff and found a few magnets that I felt comfortable parting with as well as a few Dark Mark temporary tattoos, some Harry Potter gift tags, a couple journals, and some candy leftover from the Family Feud program.
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I also set up a Pottermore station with our laptop so the teens could check out the site that JK Rowling made to supplement the books. If you’re not familiar with Pottermore, you can get sorted (by a quiz that JK herself designed), buy books and pets, make potions, and see amazing artwork for each scene described in the books!
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Now, all that is left is decorations which were some of the most fun to create! I started with my potions table.
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The Hogwarts yearbook on the potions table was actually the program from LeakyCon 2011. It just went so well with the décor that I had to include it. Now, on to the potions!
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I already had the cauldrons at home. I bought one at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and one was a present from a friend. Then, I found printable labels for the bottles and cut them out. Most of the potions are just water with food coloring in pretty bottles (some of which were donated and some of which came from Michaels). I just got on the Harry Potter wiki and found out what color the potions were supposed to be and got the coloring as close as I could. For some of the ingredients, I had to make them myself.
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The bezoar is air-dry clay with lumps of glue painted as gross a color as I could manage. I ended up asking my co-workers every hour or so if it looked disgusting enough to have come from the stomach of a goat. This was the end product.
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The ashwinder eggs are just air-dry clay, and the moonstone I had at home.
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I mixed up some stage blood for the dragon’s blood (see the recipes on my Special FX Halloween makeup program post).
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The ground bicorn horn in the back is just sand, and the venomous tentacula leaves are bay leaves.
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I just used air-dry clay, wooden dowels, some paint, and some modge podge to make these. It was pretty simple. I was trying it out (as well as a few other methods for making wands) with the idea that I would incorporate this craft into the program, but I quickly realized that it was too time-consuming to be part of any program. It would need its own time slot. So, these would-be “examples” turned into decorations along with the wand I bought at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during the Ollivander’s experience when I was chosen.

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I made these spellbooks by just printing out the covers from this site and covering old books with colored paper.

I also set up two book displays, one for Harry Potter books and the other for related young adult books. I included The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and several books written about the series and fandom like Harry, A History and Dear Mr. Potter in my Harry Potter display and other very popular YA books in my related display.

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I also hung up a few Education Decrees around the room as a finishing touch.
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And that was our Harry Potter party. All together, it cost about $35 because I had so many materials at home.

Stained Glass Ornaments

My December YA program was very simple. I’ve never been big on craft programs because most of the crafts I like and think the teens like have been done to death (tie dye, jewelry, etc.) or are not very inclusive for the guys in the group. So, when I wanted to do a craft program, I wanted to do something very different. Well, that didn’t necessarily happen since almost every library offers an ornament decorating program (my branch alone offered two–one for adults and my program for teens). However, I decided we should do something new that I’d just learned about.

Alcohol inks are the craft supplies for the crafting impaired. (Yes, I include myself among that number.) It’s virtually impossible to screw it up, but if you manage to do it (I did), you just use the blending solution to wipe away the mess and start all over. There’s virtually no wasted supplies! That definitely appealed to me.

So, I went out and bought 3 packs of various colored alcohol inks and metallic mixers as well as two containers of alcohol inks. I’m not going to lie. This was a fairly expensive program. I think the total for ink and other alcohol ink supplies was about $40 or more at Hobby Lobby (our Michaels didn’t carry alcohol inks and the people at Joann’s didn’t know what I was even talking about when I asked). I ended up saving money by using leftover bulbs from the other ornament decorating program at my branch. So, my total for this program was about $45 with snacks.

If you’re not familiar with alcohol inks, I’d suggest reading up on them at All Thumbs Crafts, Art Without Anxiety, or By Stephanie Lynn. Then practice, practice, practice. There are a bunch of techniques, and each one turns out differently, so you’ll want a few examples and a few tips and tricks to pass along during the program.

Because the inks themselves were so expensive (and I have read that you can make your own from permanent markers or something and that certain rubbing alcohols can be replaced for the blending solution but I didn’t try it because I know my luck at trying to be cheap with things like this and my budget last semester allowed me to use the real stuff), I ordered a box of gloves from the programming department for free to make sure my teens didn’t get the ink on their hands (because it is a big pain to get off, believe me!) and made my own applicators from extra felt scraps left over from making flannels and handles made from cardboard scraps. You can also use felt attached to a stamp base, but I didn’t have those on hand this time.

Then, I warned the kids to wear old clothes, put out some snacks, set up the work stations with q-tips, cotton balls, some applicators, bowls for mixing the metallic additives, a pie plate to work over, lots of newspaper and wax paper, and let the teens get creative. There were some really beautiful pieces made at this program (much better than I made during my experiments), and the teens seemed to really enjoy it.

Special FX Halloween Makeup

For this month’s teen program, I played to my strengths. As I believe I’ve said, I was a theatre major in college, so I’ve taken my fair share of stage makeup courses. I loved them, and I was encouraged to add a makeup minor by all my instructors, but I never had the time in my schedule. With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to share some of my knowledge about special effects makeup. To appeal to the guys and the girls, I did a few gory makeups and one beauty fantasy makeup. I won’t lie; this would be a very expensive and somewhat difficult program the way I laid it out if you didn’t have any training or makeup at your disposal. I think I only spent about $10 of my programming budget on it, but I already had well over $200 in makeup at home that I wax happy to use for this program.

If you’re still interested, here’s what we did.

I started out with a little talk on the basics of makeup (stage makeup vs. movie makeup vs. Halloween makeup, all the things we can do with makeup, etc.). After that, I had them all sign up for the makeup they would like me to demonstrate on them. Then, we moved on to the first demonstration–bruises.

I chose to do a black eye. I talked about how bruises form, shape, old bruises vs. new bruises, how to blend, back story behind a bruise, etc. I did all the lecture while demonstrating the makeup to help with time. If you want a guide on how to do bruise effects, here is a good one.

After the bruising, I would have demonstrated how to create a scar with nose and scar wax, but I was concerned about running out of our time (I was squeezing all of this into an hour-long program). So, we ended up skipping it. Here is a guide for working with nose and scar wax.

Next, I would have taught them how to do a scrape, but, again, I was worried about time because my next few makeups were very time-intensive and much more impressive. To do this, you really just need a stipple sponge, some red cream makeup, some blood, and possibly some latex.

Then, we moved onto an open wound. This was a real hit with the teens, but it involves latex, so make sure no one has an allergy! Here’s the guide for making this particular wound (it’s very easy, even if you have no real training), and here’s the result (without stage blood).
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While I was in the middle of that makeup, I started my next demonstration because the latex takes a few minutes to dry for both of these. The next makeup I did was a bit more complicated, but if you’re relatively crafty, you should be able to manage it. It does take some prep time beforehand, though. I did a compound fracture. Here’s the guide I used, and here’s the result:

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I always seemed to take my pictures before I added the blood. It really looked a lot better once I added blood.

After those had dried and been finished, I demonstrated my last makeup. This was the one the girls had been waiting for–the pretty one. I did a mermaid fantasy makeup. Here’s the result as demonstrated on my coworker who was volunteered to help me practice all these makeups a week in advance of the program.

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This is another makeup that is easier than it looks. I had to choose fairy easy applications for such a short time limit. Here’s the guide I used.

During the downtime in demonstrations and lectures about anatomy and how it affects makeup application, back story, various tools, other makeup techniques, etc., the teens were advised to visit our two stage blood stations where they could mix up their own realistic, and very yummy sta,ge blood to take home. Here’s where I found the recipes. (We used method 3 “Chocolate blood” and method 14 “chocolate syrup and coffee.”)

I think this program went over well. The teens seemed to love getting all made up and joking around about what had happened to them.

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