Bike Rodeo

November 7, 2013

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We recently held a Bike Rodeo at our library. This event was targeted at a much younger audience, but we did draw in teens for a second part, which I will discuss later.

Bike Rodeo

This was sponsored by our library and the local police department. The police department discussed safety, did bike safety checks, had an “obstacle course,” and gave out bike licenses (this keeps track of make, model, and serial number of bikes. It’s helpful if your bike is stolen). The library helped by providing space, prizes, and marketing. We also had our library mascot and Scott on a unicycle. The event was a great success.

Bike Maintenance

Bikes break. Some of us know how to fix them. Many of us don’t. We brought in a bike expert to show how to do some easy fixes. The idea was to target this at adults, but we realized it…

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FunFetti Cake Batter Buddies

This is a fairly easy post. The tweens made this stuff over the summer and shared it with the teens. This led our Teen Advisory Board to request that we make it. It is quick and simple. And who knew that there could be variations on Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies). Not us. Anyway. We didn’t come up with it. We grabbed this idea over at Six Sisters’ Stuff. We have the ingredients and a link to directions after the jump.

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Song Pop

November 7, 2013

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Sometimes adapting popular social media games can be an easy draw for teens. Last spring a teen asked us to make a SongPop game. We did a trail run during our Summer Lock-In and made some tweaks and improvements for a bigger version this fall. If you are unfamiliar, SongPop is essentially Name that Tune. To run the game you will need something to play music from and on. You can download all the songs or you could use Spotify or Youtube (try Disco). SongPop uses categories and multiple choice, so I set up a simple Jeopardy-style Powerpoint  (Double Jeopardy) for our version of the game. After this the set-up and running of the game is pretty simple. We had two teams. Each team sent up one competitor at a time. Each competitor had a white board and marker and there was a bell on the…

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Here in the Young Adult section, every Wednesday is known as our Wildcard Day, which is when we do random activities.  In the past we’ve partaken in making chocolate bowls, playing SongPop, and a fantasy football draft.  But this week, we took the chance and did an activity that was a little more thought provoking and required the kids to do something absurd in the library…read!


Earlier this year while browsing for fun activity ideas, Scott came across “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” which required teens to pass judgement first on the appearance of a book and then on it’s contents. Basically here’s how it went down.  First, we asked the teens to choose a book they would want to read based on its cover art.  After they filled the first part of their worksheet (found here) we had them read the inner jacket…

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How to Survive a Horror Movie

It’s Halloween so we wanted to celebrate that with a fun, slightly educational, activity. One of our Assistants came up with an evolution of horror movies idea, where she would share clips from movies through the ages. However, she thought it would be more fun to make it a game where people are learning rules for surviving a horror movie. She had a friend make a short-ish video (about 20 minutes) of clips and rules. With several of the rules we shared some trivia information (like the vomit in The Exorcist is made from Pea Soup and the blood in Psycho is chocolate syrup). With several of the rules we played mini-games. For instance, the first rule was to learn the art of breathing quietly. We played a short tag game. We had teens draw straws. The short straw was it. They were blindfolded, and had to walk slowly, steadily…

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Updated: Urban Legends

November 7, 2013

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 This is another great idea from Beth in Memphis!  Thanks for sharing!

This is a super popular event that we have done numerous times. It is always really popular. It is especially popular if you add some experiments for the teens to do.

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I should have posted this much earlier. I presented at the Kansas Library Association conference with the AMAZING Molly Wetta over at Wrapped Up in Books. She was on top of things, so I will just reblog her post.

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I presented with Scott Rader from Hays Public Library at the Kansas Library Association this week. Our program was Readers’ Advisory with Style. We shared ways that we promote books in our libraries through passive RA materials like displays or graphics and through social media. Scott also discussed fanmixes for YA novels. Then we talked about some of our favorite under the radar or debut author releases from 2013-2014.

The PowerPoint from our session is below. You can also view it (with some notes) in GoogleDocs.  The handout with the list of titles we discussed (and some we didn’t but wanted to include) can also be found in GoogleDocs.

Much of the information on how I create graphics and the tools available can be found in this post and many graphics I make for the library can be found here.

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