Teen Program Fall Successes (2011)

Friday was my last teen program until the basically Feb 2012. I’m both relieved and sad to say that. I’ll miss seeing my teens, but it’s always nice to have a little break. Seeing as programming is over, I thought I would reflect back on my fall programs and highlight some of my favorites/highest attended.

BristleBots: This one is hard to pin as a success or failure. On one hand we had 12 teens show up for this make your own toothbrush robot event. Of those 12 teens, 9 of them were boys. This is HUGE. I rarely, if ever, have more boys than girls. However, we had a lot of problems getting the bots to work. I’m not sure if it was the cheaper toothbrushes or too heavy of a motor, but it took precise balance to get the bots to stay up right and work. The other problem was there was only one of me and 12 of them. It was very hard to help them all at the same time. If I ever do something like this again, I will make sure I have several hands helping me.

Halloween Rave: aka After-Hours Halloween Party. I was a little nervous about this one. With it being he Friday before Halloween, most teens have parties they can go to. I was a little shocked that I had 28 teens show up! Not only that, but almost every single one of them came in costume. The teens had a a blast playing karaoke, capture the flag, and tag. The best part for me was this one only went until midnight and I was able to go home and sleep at a normal hour!

Anime Club: This is easily becoming my favorite program. I’ve always been a big fan of Anime, which is why I was determined to keep this one alive even though we were only getting 2-4 teens. And I’m glad I did. We’re now averaging 10 teens and they’re a great group at that. I’m not going to lie, they’re hyper and loud, but I totally love them. They’ve taken to the craft idea well and we’ve created buttons, wallets, and bookmarks. We usually have an Anime going in the background, but mainly they just like to talk to each other. They’ve even decided to create their own FB fan page for the club, which I thought was very cool. It’s completely run by the teens and is a way for them to talk outside of meetings.

I had a couple of flops this session as well, but I think I’ll save that for another post. If you’re a Teen Services Librarian I would love to hear what you’re doing a well!

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