Last night was our very first meeting of the Community Club for teens. My idea for this came from our overwhelming turnout of summer teens looking for community service credits. I also believe strongly that teens need a place to feel purposeful. What better than doing good for others and getting some credit for it? I know that bringing teens into the library is tough, especially when SAT's are around the corner and it's the middle of sports season. We had a great group of teens who were really motivated. Our first project was making cards for hospitalized children. I prepared all the supplies necessary (no computers for this one... pure creativity from our own hands) and they all jumped right in! A beautiful and colorful array of cheery cards are now all boxed and ready to be delivered. I am sure they will brighten the days of many. Simple card stock, ribbon, dye cuts, googly eyes and markers rounded out a truly feel-good evening! They all said they had fun and creative juices were flowing.
Storytimes are usually the best times of my week. There are tons of smiles and happy faces and it's an hour I can count on. Sometimes, though, things happen. Scary things.... And not just around Halloween time. Maybe: Snot-filled faces decide to hug you. A fragile toddler's head hits the floor after slipping on a pillow. Parents talk excitedly about the upcoming birthday party DURING my storytime. MY snotty nose won't stop running. And sometimes there is just that one child who can't pull it together, who cries and screams and hits and takes down the whole storytime. Sometimes it's funny moments and sometimes it's not. Share YOUR scary storytime moments with me!