I am SO proud of the Community Club I started last year. We had our first meeting for the new year last Tuesday where we kicked off that "feel good" vibe by making cards for hospitalized kids! I found some pretty simple examples of Muppet-inspired cards on Pinterest (even I can do it). I couldn't begin to imagine the creative juices that would flow when this group of teens came together. We had all sorts of adorable muppet-monster cards being made with lots of laughter and friendly bonding. Most importantly, these kids really gave thought to the messages they were writing on the inside, knowing how important their cards would be. It's nice to let other kids know they are being thought of at their darkest of times. A great start to a great year!
One of the best parts of Summer Reading is our Teen Volunteers. We get upwards of 75 during the month of July. They are all looking to fulfill community service hours and truth be told, sometimes keeping them all busy and under control is a job in itself. One of the absolute best uses of teen volunteers during the summer is having them prepare our crafts that we will use in storytime in the fall/winter. Each storytime requires 30+ crafts with all the supplies, etc.. Having teens cut and prepare these ahead of time is FABULOUS. It requires lots of pre-planning, of course. Today I am am creating each of the crafts, templates, and their samples (as you see pictured). Once our summer volunteers come in, I will have hours and hours of cutting, sorting and preparing for them to do when things get slow. It's also a great way to get a jump on fall and get a little creative and crafty.