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Super Pop! : The Book, The Lists, The Giveaway

Lists are a glorious thing.  Yes, that’s right, I am singing the praises of lists.  Dave Letterman has ridden on the coat tails of the Top 10 list for decades.  We put together book lists and lists of movies.  Each year radio stations count down the list of the best songs of the year.  We ask our friends, “If you were stranded on a desert island, which 5 books would you want with you?” (Answer this question in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Super Pop! Read on)

Super Pop by Daniel Harmon is a celebration of all things listy.  It is a trip in the glories of listmania.  It is, in fact, listastic and listeriffic.  When you open the pages of Super Pop, you are taking a magical journey into the world of Listville, where the glory of the list reigns supreme.  But these are special lists, they are designed to hep you “be more interesting” (part 1), “get smarter” (part II), “stop doing it wrong” (part III), “find happiness” (part IV) and “survive the holidays” (part V).  And then, there is an appendix, the “Top 10 Resources for People Who Still Want More.”

Want to gain some perspective?  Try reading a book and “try on another human being” Harmon advises.  Books included on the list?

10  The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
9    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
8    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
7    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
6    Room by Emma Donoghue
5    The Silent History, which is technically an app
4    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
3    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
2    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
1    I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

And here is what makes lists fun: As you read that list above, you started thinking about what books you think should be on the list.  And if you had the book in front of you, you would be reading the descriptions and explanations for why that book is on the list.  Maybe you would email your friends, “What do you think of this list?  What would be on your list and why?”  See, great conversation starter.

What to do with this book: The List

Behold, the glory of the list.  With lists you can . . .

10  Start interesting conversations with your friends

9    Set goals: you will read, see, try, do everything on the list, for example

8    Put together fun contests for your tweens and teens

7    Use them as conversation starters on your library’s social media page

6    Put together library displays and book lists

5    Use them as a spark to create even more fun lists to do all of the above

4    Put together a series of programs based on one of the lists where you do, try, read the items on the list.    For example, you can use the “Catch a Predator” list to create a book display and have a little film festival where you watch the movie and TV shows suggested, or come up with your own.

3    Have your library patrons vote and make their own lists and compare them to Harmon’s originals.

2    Have a trivia night using the lists

1   Just read the lists, laugh, ponder, and enjoy

The List of Lists

There are some truly fun lists here.  They are creative, original, and think outside the box.  Some of my favorites include:

10  Dive into the Underworld: Essential Tours of Gang Wars, the Drug Trade and Otherwise Felonious Living
Would this not make the most fun and fantastic display?

9    Find Your Calling: All-Consuming Hobbies for Your Consideration
Again, completely display worthy.  Also good for programming.  And you know, you might actually NEED a hobby.  So this is an all around perfect list.  This is actually an absurd list; It involves things like time travel and turning people into ghosts.  But you can take both a serious and the playful look at this list.  Personally, I think it would be wicked fun to think of other books, movies and TV shows and see what “hobbies” you can come up with.

8    Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in Survival
Just think of all the book and programming fun you can have with this! Important for the zombie apocalypse.
It will surprise you – not – to learn that The Walking Dead is on this list. 

7   Ten Essential Catchphrases for Use at Dinner Parties
This profound list includes phrases like, “May the Force Be with You” and “D’Oh”  So maybe you shouldn’t use them at a work dinner party.

6  Think Outside the Box: Preparation for Every Eventuality (and Several Alternate Universes)
I am currently marathoning Doctor Who.  I can not stress enough to you the importance for being prepared not only for this world, but for alternate ones.  This fun list includes A Wrinkle in Time, The Handmaids Tale and Groundhog Day.

5  Watch the World Unfold: History Lessons That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
The graphic novel Maus is on this list.  That is how genius lists are.

4  Stop Being Such a Snob: Lowbrow Entertainment That Puts the High-Minded Stuff to Shame
Most lists focus on the “best” and improving yourself.  Here, we are simply told to embrace those guilty pleasures and run with them.  Top Gun and Armageddon appear on this list.  See, fun.

3  Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Best Places to Hang Out for an Hour
The bar in Cheers.  The coffees hop in Friends.  The library in Buffy.  Just reading this, you started creating your own list.  This list gets bonus points because it includes the campfire in Point Break.

2  Find Your Happy Place: Magical, Fictional Worlds
I won’t even tell you what is on the list.  What is your happy place?

1  Christmas: Ten Wildly Different Interpretations of the Meaning of Christmas
Of course you have to have a list about Christmas!!  Christmas is all about making lists and checking them twice.

So there you have it, a listy look at Super Pop!, a book of lists.  Your patrons will enjoy reading it, you will enjoy using it to create other lists, and a listy time will be had by all.  I recommend it.  And it has the best list of all: an index!

Super Pop: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild and Make it Through the Holidays by Daniel Harmon.  Published by Zest Books.  ISBN:  9781936976362  Recommended by TLT and Television Without Pity, which I simply adore.  Since we recommend the same book, that makes me cool like TWOP, right?  Yeah, I’m going to go with that.   

The Giveaway

So, want a copy of the book?  Tell me in the comments your Top 5 Desert Island Books by Sunday, June 16th to be entered to win.  I will quite literally put the names in a hat and randomly draw a winner.  That lucky winner will have my review copy of the book mailed to them (it is a finished copy).  I will need a way to get in contact with you if you win, so leave a Twitter followback or e-mail address.  Because mailing books outside the U.S. can be crazy expensive, I am sorry but the winner needs to be from one of the fifty states.

TPIB: Prom!

Prom! That’s right, it is prom season.  Last week as the girls and I were out shopping, we couldn’t help but look at the dresses EVERYWHERE.  The tween and I spent some time looking at them, apparently you are never to young to start thinking about prom.  We told one teen with a group of her friends that she would look amazing in her dress (and she did).  And then a panic set in – one day, my baby might be going to prom.  Much sooner than I would like.  Luckily for her, I already have the perfect prom planning guide: The Prom Book: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need by Lauren Metz.

As you all know, I am a huge fan of Zest Books for my teen nonfiction needs, so I was excited to see The Prom Book.  It has a resourceful planning guide, which includes breaking down your budget.  It has a great countdown preparation guide.  Apparently in March you should have been finalizing your look.  There is of course a section on make-up, nails and hair. It’s a good little planning tool.  There is a whole section on planning your look that is an amazing flow chart and a helpful list of things to carry in your purse.  My favorite part?  It has a post prom section that asks what you are going to do with your dress and lets teens know they can donate it (Donate My Dress).

I will say, from a library point of view, it has A LOT of fill-in-the-blank pages, which of course always makes use nervous.  Although, as I have mentioned before, this has never been an issue for me in the past.  I would, however, recommend maybe putting a note on the book letting teens know that they can make copies of the pages.  These would make great giveaways at a prom themed program (or at a fall Zombie prom) as well.  If you are a teen, or the parent of a teen, who is in the midst of prom season, you will definitely want it.  When prom fever hits, this book will fly off the shelves.

Take 5: Teen Books About Prom

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Carrie by Stephen King (What? It totally counts)
Prom Dates from Hell multiple authors

Programming Ideas: Things to Make and Do

You can have a pre-prom craft party where teens come and make their own corsages and accessories. Looking through your craft books will give you a lot of great ideas.  And here are a few of my favorites that have just a touch of elegance for prom.

Make Your Own Corsages
This is touted as a Mother’s Day corsage, but these little wrist corsages would be great for prom.
http://meandjilly.blogspot.com/2011/05/mothers-day-wristlet.html

Hair!
There are so many crafts out there for making hair accessories.  If you don’t believe me, do a quick Google search.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  For the record, I think these little button bobby pins are perfect for prom.

Braided Head Band

http://psimadethis.com/post/17154275098/stand-out-as-an-icon-of-style-get-inspired-by

Button Bobby Pins Tutorial: http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2011/06/kojo-guest-post.html

Duct Tape Prom
Teens have made entire prom wear out of Duct tape.  That takes more time and effort (and $ – all that Duct tape!) then we usually have for a program, but teens can make their own Duct tape bow ties.  The bow ties can also be turned into super adorbs necklaces.

Duct Tape Bow Tie/Duct Tape Bow Tie Necklace: http://thecraftychica.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-duct-tape-bowtie-necklace.html

Bottle Cap Brooch Tutorial: http://blog.creativekismet.com/2011/04/20/bottle-cap-brooch-tutorial/

Jewelery
For some reason, type that made me want to sing “Jewelry, what is it good for?”  Jewelry seems like an obvious go-to for a prom related craft program.  And you no doubt have a ton of resources right there on your shelves.  These little bracelets kick-it up a notch in the elegance department, IMHO.

Anthropologie Inspired Lace Bracelet: http://kojo-designs.com/2011/08/kojotutorial-anthropologie-knock-off-vintage-lace-bracelet/

DIY Lace Bracelet: http://clurcook.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-lace-bracelet.html

The After Prom Opportunities

Don’t forget AFTER PROM!  You can do Instagram crafts using the Instragram pics you know will be taken, including making these fun Instagram bookmarks.  There are all kinds of Mini-Scrapbooks, Scrapbook and Photo Frame crafts you can do.

More Prom Resources
If you don’t want to go prom fashion and accessories, you can think prom prep in terms of Spa activities, inviting make-up artists in to teach the basics, etc.

More Prom on TLT
The Zombie Prom
Steve Moser’s Prom Spectacular

In with the New: We survived our Freshman year!

From Freshman by Corinne Mucha

Being a Freshman is scary, and hard.  Here you are at the bottom of the social ladder and already people are asking you questions like, “What do you want to do with your life after high school?”  And you’re thinking, “Dude, let’s see if I can even survive my Freshman year before we start thinking about 4 years from now.”  In the spirit of Been There, Survived That: Getting Through Freshman Year of High School (written by real teens) and Freshman Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense (by Corinna Much), we present you real tales from our Freshman year of high school . . .

I Was in a Band!
My best friend Teri and I were obsessed with a little band known as Duran Duran.  Yes, we were basically One Direction obsessed, but the band was Duran Duran.  We ran home from school one day to make sure we didn’t miss the world premiere of their newest video.  I saw them in concert – and hyperventilated.  And like any good Duranie (yes, that’s indeed what we Duran Duran fans called ourselves), we started a band named after one of their more obscure songs: Crime and Passion.  Our friend Kristi was Izzy Krime and I was Pemar Passion and we were Krime and Passion.  It’s okay, you can laugh.  I understand.  Here’s the best part: none of us sang, none of us played an instrument.  Actually, I am not sure how we even remotely qualified as a band, but we were one!!

But can you imagine my telling this story as a comic book?

Freshman Tales by Corinne Mucha are Freshman tales told in comic form.  It is a quick and fun read for reluctant readers, but will be relate-able to all Freshmen.  The synopsis says this: Annie has just started high school and she’s a mess.  Her older brother has told her that her freshman year will strongly affect the rest of her life, and if that’s true her future looks grim: She’s a loser at sports, jealous of everyone, and has totally fallen in love with her best friend’s older brother.  When she gets cast as a moaning, hunched-over old lady in the school play, she starts to forget about the rest of her life.  Now she just wants to make it through freshman year.

What Annie needs is a copy of Been There, Survived That: Getting Through Freshman Year of High School, which is written by real teens.  Been There is divided into 3 sections: Social advice, Academic advice, and Practical advice.  This is a very practical guide for not only your Freshman year, but just your middle school and high school years in general as only some of the advice would specific to your Freshman year.  The advice is real, and you can tell it is written by real teens.  What’s the number 1 thing not to do while making new friends? Fart of course.  And yet there is some real honest, raw and heartfelt advice given here: For instance, it can be really disorienting when your best friend since 3rd grade starts eating lunch somewhere else . . . But your friend’s behavior probably has very little to do with you.  Maybe he’s wanting to expand his own circle of friends. . . Friends come and go, and losing and gaining friends is all part of the experience of growing up and . . . surviving high school (page 18).

Together Freshman Tales and Been There, Survived That make a good bundle of resources for new, or about to be new, Freshmen.  You can put these titles on a resource booklist guide for starting high school and take them with you when you set up your display table at Freshman orientation.  You do go to your local high school for Freshman orientation and meet the teacher night, right?  If you don’t, contact your local high school(s) and ask them if you can set up a display table promoting your library, various resources, and – of course – these titles!

Freshman: Tales of 9th grade obsessions, revelations and other nonsense by Corrine Mucha. Published by Zest Books. ISBN: 97800-9819733-6-4

Been There, Survived That: Getting through Freshman year of high school written by Real Teens (There is a flip book inside!) Published by Zest Books. ISBN: 978-09790173707

Take 5: Awesome YA Lit that takes place during a Freshman year in High School
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chobsky
Dear Friend, if you haven’t read this book you really should because it is awesome.
 
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
What happened that night at the party?

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
What happens when you refuse to play the game?

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
To say that Freshman Rose Zarelli has issues is an understatement.
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar 
Scott puts together a survival manual for high school.
Help incoming Freshman get ready for high school with these program ideas:
Library Bootcamp: an intense training session where teens learn how to use the library and its resources
Rock My Locker: Pimp your locker with these fun crafts  

TPiB: Renovate Your Room – and more Duct tape crafts! (inspired by Where’s My Stuff? The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide)

Today is the first day of spring. It is also a good day to think about spring cleaning. I know: groan.  But, helping teens get organized can be fun.


One of my favorite programs I have ever done was called Renovate Your Room, and it is exactly what you think it is, a program to help teens do a quick but fun room makeover.

To help with this program, I invited a local interior decorator to come and talk about things like colors, space design and layout, and even things like Feng Shui.  Then, we did a couple of quick and easy crafts to create unique elements for their room.  Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide is a good companion book for this program (and your teen area).  Written by Samantha Moss and professional teen organizer Lesley Schwartz (who even knew there was such a thing), Where’s My Stuff? has an entire section on organizing your room.  It includes helpful tips such as how to maximize a small space, how to decide what to keep and what to toss, and how to create cheap storage.

For example, here are some of the storage on the cheap ideas they recommend:
Turn an old wicker basket into a magazine storage bin
Use a juice glass for make up brushes
Organize art supplies in a silverware tray
Turn a wooden milk crate on its side and use it to hold CDs (page 99)

Your Dream Room Activity

What, exactly, would your dream room look like? Why not have teens tell you.  You probably have a ton of discarded magazines laying around (I save them).  Teens can create a collage space of their dreams using a piece of cardstock, discarded magazines and some glue.  This will help your teen participants get an idea of their personal taste so they can make some good choices for the craft activities below.

Here are 5 sample craft activities you could do for the hands on portion of your Renovate Your Room program.  The Internet is full of great craft ideas, so don’t limit yourself to these, but I have done these and recommend them. 

Craft Activity 1:  Pen or Make up Brush Container
Supplies:
Empty (and washed) frosting container
Duct tape of your choice

Have a party and share cupcakes with your friends.  After you eat all of the frosting, wash that container out, cover it in duct tape, and voila – you have an awesome pen or make up brush holder.  Cheap, easy and can be completely personalize to your room.  

And here’s a bonus tip: You can use the duct tape to cover your light switch plates to coordinate your look.  Be sure to ask for permission, just so parents don’t come complaining.  For a library program, you can even provide plates and duct tape (purchased from a local hardware store).

Craft Activity 2: Dry Erase Boards

Supplies:
Piece of cardboard
Clear report covers/clear contact paper, clear transparency film
Duct tape of your choice
Some type of ribbon to hang it

To make this dry erase board, cut your piece of cardboard to a size that is slightly larger than your transparency.  For example, your transparency will be 8 1/2 by 11, so cut your cardboard to about 9 1/2 by 12.  If you use clear contact paper, the size of your cardboard does not matter and you can make it any size you would like.

Then, cover your piece of cardboard with a solid color of duct tape.  Then, lay your transparency over this in the center.  Here, I taped my transparency film on using a patterned tape around the edges to give it a little bit of flair.  Be sure you wrap your tape completely around onto the back to give it a smooth outer edge.  If you don’t have a transparency film, you can simply cover your layer of Duct tape with clear contact paper. 

Bonus tip: The Duct tape surface itself will work as a dry erase board so if you don’t have a transparency film or clear contact paper, simply omit that part and you still have a homemade, one of a kind dry erase board for your room.  Also, I did this same activity using a page out of a Mad Libs book and created a dry erase Mad Lib game that could be used over and over again. 


Craft Activity 3: French Memo Boards


Supplies:
A piece of cardboard
A layer of foam batting
Material
Ribbon
Buttons

Follow these instructions.  I have done this as a craft activity with my teens.  It takes a little bit of time, but is very rewarding.

Craft Activity 4: Sharpie Tie Dye Pillow Cases

Supplies:
White pillow case (Have teens bring their own)
Sharpies in a variety of colors
Rubbing alcohol
Paper towels

Follow these instructions.  This is one of my go-to crafts to do with teens, though typically with t-shirts.

Craft Activity 5: Cool Garland

Supplies:
Balloons
Yarn
Mod Podge
Sponge brushes

Follow these instructions to make Mod Podge Easter eggs, but instead of making Easter eggs you’ll just be making cool shapes to create garland. You can also use pieces of scrapbook paper and decorative punches to make this garland.

Bonus Craft: Wall Art

You can make canvas wall art simply by either printing off pictures or making collages using discarded magazines, Mod Podge and a blank canvas.  Simply Mod Podge your pics (or collages) onto a canvas (you can buy them in bulk at all craft stores) and create one of a kind wall art.  Another craft that is great to do with all those discarded magazines.

Collage on the left, Photo on the right

This is actually one of my favorite projects at the moment and I have done a ton of these to decorate the Tweens room.  I like to make photo collages in Microsoft Publisher and then print them out on regular copier paper to decoupage, that seems to work best.  They also make great gifts.

Take 5: Room Decorating Craft Books



Other Craft Ideas:
Instagram crafts (coming on Friday)
Poster Frenzy, make original posters to decorate your room
Story Terrariums to decorate your room
Make Fairy Gardens to decorate your room
Better Homes and Gardens Back to School Bedroom Crafts

Don’t forget to search on Pinterest for other cool room decorating craft ideas.

But wait – THERE’S MORE


The first section of Where’s My Stuff? is all about organizing your school stuff.  Think about what a great end of summer program this would be.  And we already have a ton of great back to school craft ideas for you here.  For example, you can modify this craft – magnetic tin bins – for the bedroom or locker and use my new best friend Duct Tape to tie it all together.  You can also create your own marble magnets or magnetic poetry kits for lockers.

I modified THIS cell phone Duct tape case, making it slightly larger, to create a cool place to store notes in your locker (or your room).  At a recent Duct tape workshop one teen made it big enough to hold her e-reader.

 Pair this with a couple of sessions on studying techniques and this Library Bootcamp, modified for a single program, and you have some great school success prep programming.

A final note about the book.  As with all Zest Books, Where’s My Stuff? has a fun and engaging lay out and design. It’s compact, just around 100 pages, so it’s not too intimidating.  The only drawback for library collections is it does have some space that it asks teens to write in, but I personally have never found this to be a problem in any of the libraries I have worked at and it doesn’t overwhelm the book.  There are, in fact, lots of good tips and information in here to help teens get organized in school and at home, and some good information for you to incorporate into a program.  Whether you are looking for a book to help your teen or a book for your library collection, this is a good addition.

Where’s My Stuff?, published by Zest Books in 2007. ISBN: 9780977266050

Reflections: I dream of Paris

As I began my last class working on my MLS, I dreamed of going to Italy.  In fact, the plan was The Mr. and I were going to go as a graduation present.  I had even gotten a big, fat, luscious travel guide to Italy for Christmas that year. It was a glorious Christmas present full of dream and promise.  Later that semester, however, I learned that I was pregnant.  And then I learned about HG.  Needless to say, I have still never been to Italy.  I tried to convince The Mr. that we should name our baby Italy, but he said we couldn’t name our child after a dream deferred.

Now, that baby is a Tween, the oldest of 2.  Like me, she is a dreamer.  She dreams of going to Paris.  I don’t know how it happened, her falling in love with Paris, but she did.  She swears I told her if she got all As and Bs in high school I would take her as a graduation present.  Wouldn’t you think I would have asked for straight As?  But if we do go, and I hope we do, we’ll have to slide on over to Italy for a couple of days, just so I can finally say I have been.  Maybe one day we can both see our dreams fulfilled, together.  There is nothing I would like more.

Like a lot of tweens/teens, she is going through the fashion design phase of her life.  Every Thursday we watch Project Runway together.  So this year, I went in search for the perfect Christmas present for her and I struck gold.

Some original Tween fashion designs

 It all began during Zest Books week.  They had all these great fashion books and I thought, I will get a copy of them for her.  But then – a miracle – I found this Paris themed trunk.  I don’t know about you, but one of my librarian quirks is that I am obsessed with storage and organizational things – please tell me I am not alone in this.  So I filled her Paris trunk with fashion and craft books from Zest Books, and then added in some fun supplies – like different colored duct tape, beads and baubles, etc.

The magnificent Paris trunk

Full of books and supplies

The tween looks at “The Look Book” while sporting her own unique look.

Let the crafting begin!
 I am not going to lie, I was super impressed with myself. And we have had a lot of fun making stuff and things.  The tween had a friend spend the night and they gave the 4-year-old a make-over.  I’m thinking she needs a sewing machine, and someone to teach her how to use it (I’m looking at you Stephanie Wilkes). It just goes to show you, books really do make the best presents.
I still have that fat, luscious travel guide to Italy, now completely outdated.  We have replaced it with newer editions several times at the library.  I still dream of Italy, but I would rather make sure she sees her dream of Paris comes true.  If I had to choose between Italy and her, I would definitely choose her all over again.
Join the conversation and share in the comments:
What are some of the best book presents you have ever given or received? 
What treats did you give yourself after graduating high school, college, or graduate school?
Where do you dream of going one day? 
You can read about the fashion and craft related Zest Books in Project Fashion

TPIB: My first love (and break up): Crush, Dumped, Kiss and The DateBook (with two bonus creative display ideas)

Ah, teenage love.  The agony. The ecstasy.  That first kiss. That first heartbreak.  This is one of the glorious hallmarks of the teenage years. 

 

Zest books has 4 great titles that cover this topic for you:
Crush: a girl’s guide to being crazy in love
Dumped: a girl’s guide to happiness after heartbreak
Kiss: a girl’s guide to puckering up by Erin Elisabeth Conley
The Date Book: a girl’s guide to going out with someone new by Erika Stalder


Debbie Thomas fails to win the ice skating gold at the same time that Karen fails to win the girlfriend gold
The night that Debbie Thomas was trying to win a gold medal in Olympic figure skating, my ex-boyfriend stood outside my door with a dozen red roses begging me to take him back.  Here’s the thing: I really, really wanted to – but I was too filled with pride to let him know that and I regreted it every day for years afterwards.  Let’s rewind.  I was “dating” a guy named Mike.  We had met my Sophomore year at a theater production after party when I bumped into him, literally.  We started talking and then we started dating.  The thing is, I was what they call a “late bloomer” and this was my first boyfriend and I was petrified.  And not so good at the smooching.  So one day Mike called and broke up with me.  The actual conversation went like this:
Mike: I want to break up with you
Me: Okay
Mike: Aren’t you going to like cry or something?
Me: No, why, is that what you want me to do?
Mike: Yes, because then I would know that you like me
Me: That’s so immature. How come my telling you I like you doesn’t answer that question?
Mike: (silence as he realizes his stupid ways)
So later that evening, Debbie Thomas laces up her skates, Karen pulled up a chair in front of the TV, and Mike showed up with flowers.  The truth is, breaking up with me to see how I would react was a real insert expletive here move.  As was my not just saying okay, I forgive you let’s not do this again.  The moral of my first romance story: pride can be a real heartbreaker. – Karen

That’s right ladies and gentleman, I was dumped.  I think most of us are at one point or another.  And sometimes, we have the horrible task of having to be the dumper (arguably better than being the dumpee).  Sadly, this was not the last time I was dumped, read on . . .

Me and The Mr. – love at first sight?


Was it Love at First Sight?
I dated the same boy for 18 months in High School and thought he was THE ONE. Until he broke up with me.  So I flew to visit my dad in Cali for a week knowing that when I returned, he would realize the error of his ways.  While visiting I went out with my BFF and this guy named Tim, we played pool.  I sat in the parking lot and showed Tim my prom pictures while I cried.  Yes, Tim is in fact The Mr.  But I left that night, returned home and waited for Kenny to take me back.  Kenny had a new girlfriend.  A couple of months later I moved back to Cali and eventually began dating Tim.  We have now been married for 17 years.  My favorite thing to do is ask Tim if it was love at first sight for him.  He assures me it was not because, you know, I sat in the parking lot crying and showing him my prom pictures.  Sometimes being dumped is the best thing that can ever happen to you, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. Karen

A word about the books:
All 4 of these titles are short but fun looks at the topics.  They cover pretty much what girls want them to cover but in fun ways; there are lists, anecdotes and more.  Crush and Dumped both contain real life quotes from teens.  Three of the titles, Crush, Kiss, and Dumped, are slightly smallish for library shelves but I still ordered them and they didn’t pose a problem so don’t let that hold you back.  I love the pre-date flow chart in The Date Book, which also has a brief discussion about setting your personal physical boundaries.  The bottom lines: these books will circulate and meet the need well and often playfully, which is a good approach to these sometimes delicate topics.  The caveat: Crushed, Dumpes and Kiss are all those smaller sizes books that can easily pushed back and lost on the library shelves.  Don’t let that deter you, just be aware of it.  BONUS CREATIVE DISPLAY IDEA ALERT: I had seating tables in my teen area and I would pull out mini collections of books on a certain topic and put four or five books on the table top using 2 book shelf ends.  These books would certainly work well for that. 

My very favorite thing about these books is that they all have lists and items inside which can help spur some creative ideas for displays, contests and yes – programs!!!  You’re talking playlists of break-up songs, a theasurus of other words you can use instead of dumped, how to say I Love You in various languages, and more.  And in the midst of it all is useful information like things to look out for, what it all means, and keeping yourself safe and healthy.  The Date Book in particular is a useful resource for young teens just thinking about dipping their toes into the romance pool or looking for some dating ideas.

Using the books in your programming:

Host an anti-Valentines day party in February
Have your teens decorate broken heart cookies, do a contest where you match popular dumpers  with their dumpees, make Valentines for your BFF or your puppy, create a sling arrows at cupid game (think pin the tail on the donkey), and as the ultimate catharsis write your heartbreak letters and then shred them.  Have teens create their own heartbreak playlists and dance the night away, or may I suggest Karoake.

Dating Violence Awareness
Check around locally to see if there is someone who can come in and do a teen dating violence awareness program. They should be able to discuss signs of dating violence, what constitutes a healthy relationship and more.  The local hospital may have an education person who does this, mine did.  You can use these books as door prizes.

Movie Festival
Host either a romance or break-up movie festival.  Might I suggest looking to the 80s for some great ones. Think John Hughes. Kiss has a list of movies that contain a first kiss (p. 44).

I Heart Crafts
Don’t forget the very large variety of “love” or “heart” related crafts that you can put together.  This is a case where Pinterest is your friend.

Make a Dumped Survival Kit
Decorate Chinese food take-out boxes (you can order them through Oriental Trading or buy that at most craft suppliers) and throw in a small packet of tissues, include some chocolate of course, and make your own fortune cookies (recipe here) with your own affirming messages.  Actually, making your own fortune cookies is a great at home activity, so include the recipe and write your fortunes if you are doing it at the library.  Bonus Fun: act out your favorite dumping scenes as a little reader’s theater/role play.  Don’t forget the ultimate break-up song: Kiss Him Goodbye (the Na Na Na song).

This Kiss (Lip Crafts!)
Think of all the fun lip activities you can do: make big lips to put on your straws (straw lips!), make lip shaped Valentine’s, make your own lip balm and these Lip Balm Purses, etc.  Be sure to have Faith Hill’s This Kiss and Prince’s Kiss playing in the background.  BONUS CREATIVE DISPLAY IDEA ALERT: You can even have your teens make lip shaped shelf talkers where they “kiss” their favorite books to give them the seal of approval; Simply cut out lip shapes and ask your teens to write out their recommendations and put them on the shelves (or on display) with the books.  Think “This Book is Lip Smacking Good!”

Your Kiss Party Playlist:
This Kiss by Faith Hill
This Kiss by Carly Rae Jepsen
Kiss by Prince
Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer
True Love’s Kiss from the movie Enchanted
Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum
Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid

Some Awesome YA About Falling in Love:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
(I didn’t say they were all happy stories, but they are true love stories)

And for the broken hearted . . .
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Why We Broke Up by Handler and Kalman
Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Getting Over Garret Delaney by Abby McDonals
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
And the ultimate I’ve been dumped and can’t deal book: Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas (as described by Christie G)

Are you bold enough to share your high school romance stories with us in the comments?  What are your favorite falling in love of being dumped ya books?

Girls Against Girls {Book Review, Discussion & Giveaway}

My heart speeds up.  I see a single bead of sweat start to fall down my cheek.  Soon that bead of sweat will be a tear, but not quite yet.  She is coming.  I stand at the bus stop waiting to go to school and she is coming.  I am in the 5th grade, alternately known as hell – thanks entirely to her.  Today we are in for a special treat.  Her mother is a nurse and she has stolen a needle from her. As she plunges it into the skin of my arm over and over and over again, I know I can’t do this anymore.  So the next morning I force my little brother to walk to school with me, even though I have been told that I can not.  It is not safe where we live. We walk under the freeway overpass where in the future weeks a drunken man will grab me by the ankle.  We walk and we walk and we walk, morning after morning, because whatever dangers are out there, even the rapist they keep talking about on the radio, they don’t compare to the dangers that wait for me every morning at the bus stop.   Nothing is more dangerous than her festering hatred, and I don’t even know how I earned it.  Thank God that because of my parent’s divorce, I get to go to a different school next year.  I hope I can make it that long.

5th grade sucked for me. Truly and to its core.  There would be some other bad years, but nothing that compared to that one.  I remember when I was pregnant with my first child and The Mr. and I went to find out the sex of our baby, I wanted desperately for it to be a boy because I knew first hand how hard this world is for girls, and sadly it is often other girls making it that way. We have two little girls.  Last night the tween cried because the girl assigned to sit by her on the bus every day refuses to do so because she thinks the tween is “weird”.  Ahhhh, the glory of Girls Against Girls.  Sometimes I wonder, is there anything worse than being a teenage girl?

Girls Against Girls by Bonnie Burton is a nonfiction title from Zest Books that really challenges girls to think about why they do the things they do to one another and ways to end the cycle of girl against girl violence, which is primarily emotional and psychological but can get physical.  We all know what they say about “cat fights”.

“Hey, how long till the music drowns you out?
Don’t put words up in my mouth,
I didn’t steal your boyfriend”
Lyrics by Ashlee Simpson, Boyfriend

So why are girls so mean to one another?  Conventional wisdom has always said we are in competition.  I do feel like the world likes to put us in competition with one another.  Are we fighting for scarce resources, in this case men?  Jobs? Self respect?  Are we just born this way?  The truth is there is some truth to all of it.  We are taught to be competitive, we pass it down from generation to generation.  When you snipe at the neighbor or judge the woman on television, the children around you hear that and it becomes a model to them.  You can tell your children not to bully and judge but when they see you doing it – well, you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words.
“She’s my best friend. God I hate her.” – from the movie Heathers
Girls Against Girls is divided into 6 sections . . .
Section1: Why we hurt each other
Section 2: Methods of our meannness (Gossiping, the silent treatment, boyfriend stealing)
Section 3: Bearing the brunt of it (ways to deal)
Section 4: Calling in reinforcements (asking for help)
Section 5: Stopping the cycle (awesome section on dealing with emotions and taking responisibility for your actions)
Section 6: Teaming up instead of tearing each other down
Cyberbullying is discussed as well, a very relevant topic.  And there is a definite emphasis on dealing with the issues in positive ways and trying to stop the cycle.  The truth is, mean girls are not going to pick up this book (though they definitely should). No, it is the girls being bullied and tormented by their peers that will read this book, and it is a great resource for them.  It will help them understand that they are not really the issue.  But I would love to see every adult that works with or loves a teen read this books too.  Pair it with Queen Bees and Wannabees and look closely at what girl culture is like.  Then, put together some Girl Power programming and help girls have positive social interactions.
Some things you can do:
Have a girl power book discussion group.  Include titles like Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
Have a “Mean Girls Movie Festival” where you show movies like Mean Girls and Heathers.
Share resources with your teens like Girls Incorporated (www.girlsinc.org), The Ophelia Project (www.opheliaproject.org), Girls for a Change (www.girlsforachange.org) and some of the youth empowerment organizations listed here.
Provide positive opportunities for social interaction with craft events and other programming opportunities.  I have two rules at my teen programs: The BIC Rule (keep your butt in a chair, one butt to chair) and the Safe Haven Rule (all my teens know that my programs are safe places and no smack talk will be tolerated at all).  I don’t care if that is your sister who got you grounded by telling your mom about your boyfriend last night, you will not talk badly to her or about her at my programs.  You will be asked to leave after one warning.  This is non-negotiable.
“Being yourself is the best revenge.” Lynn Peril, author of Think Pink
To teenage girls everywhere: Be yourself and be kind to others
This is a good and, unfortunately, necessary addition to all teen collections.  There are no supplemental reading lists included, which is probably a good thing because they would always need to be updated.  But you can run with this theme and put together current reading and movie lists. There are also no shortage of songs you can put together for a Girl Power/Mean Girls playlist.  In fact, I would love for you to help me BUILD A RESOURCE GUIDE IN THE COMMENTS.  Leave your recommendations of teen book titles, movies and songs in the comments.

Final thoughts: As my tween saw me reading this book she asked me, “We’re all the same, why would we be mean to each other?” Why indeed? (Man I love that girl!)

Girls Against Girls: Why we are mean to each other and how we can change by Bonnie Burton is highly recommended for all school and public libraries, and to everyone who loves and works with teen girls.  It is well organized, thoughtfull, relevant and has some cool graphic elements and inspiring quotes.  You know I love me some inspiring quotes.  Published by Zest Books. ISBN: 978-0-9790173-6-0.

Bonnie Burton is part of the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club which I discussed earlier.  Fun stuff.

Other relevant posts:
Youth Empowerment Resources

Girl Power/Mean Girls Booklist
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
PBS has an empowering booklist for Middle School Girls
Macmillan’s list of Girl Power books

Leave a comment and be entered for your chance to win Girl in a Fix, Girl in a Funk, Girls Against Girls and Regine’s Book from Zest Books.  Open to US Residents.  Please don’t forget to leave an e-mail or @ for Twitter so I can contact you. Contest runs through Friday, November 23rd.

Book Review: Uncool, a Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In by Erin Elisabeth Conley

The Unrules:
  • Be kind to your fellow misfits.
  • Believe that black is a color suitable for any occasion, worthy of even being added to the rainbow.
  • Think.  Be.  Think and be different.
  • Throw caution to the wind.  Take chances with fashion, hobbies, hopes, and dreams.
  • Be OK with wearing things that your mother, grandmother, or nosy old neighbor thinks are ugly.
  • Don’t be afraid to look weird.
  • Write a blog.  Make a documentary film.  Publish a zine.  Learn the accordion.  Build a radio-controlled blimp.
  • Express your individuality in a healthy, creative way.
  • Let your inner geek speak- whether it’s through music, art, science, origami, circus school, or whatever.
  • Do something slightly risky (but never dangerous) every once in a while.  Take up the sport of spelunking (cave exploring), or invite your gym teacher to join you for lunch.
  • Have patience with people who are different from you.  (You know, the ones who are so “normal” they’re practically clones.)
  • Find something to believe in, a worthy cause of sorts.  Volunteer and invest some genuine spirit into it.
  • Feel free to pop over to the Dark Side, but don’t move there.
  • Orbit Planet Normal in your mother ship, but don’t inhabit it.
  • Don’t change just because someone else thinks you should.
  • Know that even though you may misfit, there is always someplace you are welcome in the world.

Uncool, a 2009 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, is a fun and active read for teen girls who are always faced with the pressure of fitting in and bending to the whims of everyone’s opinions, whether it’s the media or family and friends.  When you know that you are not stepping to the same tune as everyone else, life is always difficult, and the humor that runs rampant throughout the book helps give girls already anxious about issues like appearance, clothing, cliques, and being themselves a lift and an easy way to navigate through some of the tougher waters.


Containing recommended book lists and playlists, Mad Libs for thinking through issues, and activities for handling situations in non-confrontational ways, Uncool engages readers into making active insights into the world around them.  It encourages the inner weirdness in all of us in a positive way, without shining rainbows and glitter over the negatives of middle school and teen life.  A lack of an appendix for additional resources (websites or readings), and its nonstandard size are the only negatives for adding it to a library collection- at 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches it’s perfect for a teen to carry around in a purse or backpack unnoticed, but it’s going to be hard to keep track of on traditional library shelving.
I can definitely see using this in library programming, paired with fiction books such as the ones listed on our Top Ten Books Dealing with Body Image, or with programs on self esteem, or as part of “spa days” for teens.  Get some of the Mad Libs or other writing activities blown up, create a playlist on your iPod with some of the recommended songs, and go to town for your program opener.  Lead with a discussion of where things stand in books and media before creating body salts or killer robots for crafts.
Some totally “Uncool” role models to share with teens:
Daria, from the awesome animated series from Mtv
Lisa Simpson, from the Simpsons animated series
Georgia Nicolson, from author Louise Rennison
Kat, from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You
Bridget Jones, from the books and the movies
And let us not forget one of the coolest Uncool people out there, Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Share your favorite “Uncool” female role models for us in the comments.

We’ve Only Got This One Earth: Environmental teen programs and 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment

If you read much science fiction, you know that in the future we are forced to colonize another planet because we have destroyed Earth.  We only one life to live, and one Earth to live it on.  But have no fear, there are a lot of things we can do to help save this 3rd rock from the sun that we call Earth, and they are outlined for you in 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment by Lexi Petronis.  This little book is a great addition to your collection and has some little nuggets that you can pull out and do some Earth friendly (Earth Day is April 21) programming. 

Bottle Cap Crafts
One of my favorite teen programs I ever did was called Bottle Cap Crafts where we did nothing but make crafts out of, you guessed it, bottle caps.  You can paint the bottle caps and use them to decorate picture frames.  Put stickers in them and decoupage them to make necklaces, key chains, zipper pulls and more.  You can also fill them with beads and small items and epoxy to create shadow box necklaces.  You see these a lot at craft shows as they are very popular and easy to make.  If you glue a magnet onto the back of the bottle cap and string a washer onto a piece of string for the necklace, you can create easily interchangeable pieces.  Here are 50 bottle cap crafts on Squidoo.

School Supply Swap (Swap, Don’t Shop p. 82)
At the beginning of the school year – or half way through – host a school supply swap to get rid of those unused supplies that teens buy.

Your Library is Totes Cute: Make your own library tote bag (BYOB p. 58)
You can purchase blank tote bags at most craft stores or online and decorate with with fabric markers.  Or purchase colored tote bags and use bleach pens.

Bin Toss (Don’t Toss That p. 38)
Your programming doesn’t have to be all crafts, you can do some education and help teens learn what can and can’t be recycled by doing this simple activity.  You can make it into a game even.

Recycling Discarded Books
Libraries discard a lot of books and although most go into our booksales, some of them should never see the light of day again.  We wouldn’t want our patrons buying them for the same reason we don’t want them in our collections: the information is outdated, dangerous or just too silly to take seriously.  A quick Google search reveals a wide variety of crafts that you can make with books.  In fact, the Teen Programming in Libraries board on Pinterest has a variety crafts you can check out.  You can also use the pages to do quilling or a lot of the activities mentioned below that we do with magazines.

Some book page crafts include:
Book page Kusudam flower
Inspiration: Novel Ideas (a variety of book related crafts)
You can also check out this deconstructed art project currently on display at my library or Google book page art, upcylcing books, deconstructed books, etc.

Recycling Old Magazines
We’re always getting rid of old magazines, but they don’t have to go into the landfill.  Make crafts with them!

Marble Magnets
made with bottle caps, discarded magazines, glass stones, glue and magnets

Paper beads: roll strips of paper to create paper beads and string them to make bracelets and necklaces.

Marble magnets: Using clear acrylic rocks founds at most craft stores, you can create unique, personalized magnets.  Simply cut your word or image to size, use a clear glue to adhere to your rock, put a small backing on the back and then glue on your magnet circle. (marble magnets instructions)

Magnetic Poetry: You can make your own magnetic poetry kits by cutting out words from magazines and gluing them onto pieces of magnetic strips.  This is one of my go-to activities for National Poetry Month, which is also in April.  Pair it with some sidewalk chalk poetry outside and you have a poetry inspired Earth friendly event.

Magnetic Poetry
made with discarded magazines, magnets and glue

Decoupage: With some discarded magazines and a little Mod Podge, you can turn anything into a personalized treasure. Notebooks, picture frames, light switch plates. Good times.

Wrap it up!
If you are making any of these crafts as gifts, you can make your own wrapping paper.  Simply cut up paper bags to size, wrap and paint, stamp, sticker, and stencil. Or use those random bits of off topic paper you have lying around – just turn them print side in and decorate.

Movies suggested:
Gorillas in the Mist
Ferngully: the Last Rainforest
The Day After Tomorrow
2012
Avatar

Teen Fiction with an Environmental Theme:
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell
Torched by April Henry
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Rootless by Chris Howard
The Pearl Wars by Nick James
Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Craft books like these are not only great for your collection for your teens (and they will like it because it is very accessible), but they are great for any adults who want to do environmental activities with teens.  If you have it in your collection, you can use it for program inspriation – that’s one of the bonsues to nonfiction.

TPIB: Project Fashion, part 2 with Jeaneology, Junk Box Jewelry and more

Get Your Fashion On
(fashions drawn by my tween)

I am a Project Runway junkie and have posted some Project Runway inspired TPIBs before, but now I have some great ideas for yet another Project Fashion TPIB thanks to several great How To books by Zest Books:

Junk Box Jewelry, 25 DIY Lost Cost (or no cost) Jewelry Projects by Sarah Drew
Jeanealogy: Accessories, Clothing, Gifts by Nancy Flynn.

Also, I found some helpful resources that help explain the things people are saying that I have never really understood, like what an A-line dress or a Peter Pan collar is.

Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing by Erika Stalder is such a cool book; it is literally a reference guide for the fashion illiterate like me.  It explains things like what a bias cut is (fabric cut across the grain of the fabric) as well as being a reference guide to tons of types of dresses, shoes, belts and more.  Each entry has an illustrated pic as well as giving you basic info like what it is, who made it hot and how you can rock it.  Who made the vest hot? 80s teen queen Debbie Gibson brought the vest out of the menswear closet and style icon Kate Moss still loves to rock the vest (p. 44).  Sections covered include dresses and skirts, tops and coats, pants and shorts, shoes and underthings. There is an index included.  This is a great tool not only for your teens, but for you – you can put together your own Fashion Jeopardy game as part of your Project Fashion program.  Or toss a bunch of thrift store clothes and have a Fashion 101 challenge where teens have 60 seconds to find something with an A-line collar, a dropped waistline, etc.

The Book of Styling: An insider’s guide to creating your own look by Somer Flaherty helps teens find their fashion look with a handy quiz and then it helps you put together your “look”.  This is an everything and the kitchen sink book of awesome fashion info.  And throughout there are little program snippets right there for you to use including creating a mood board (p. 18), a GNI with a themed movie night (p. 54) and making your own styling kit – one of my faves (p. 66-67).  Here we also discuss body type (Cameron Diaz is a rectangle while Drew Barrymore is an apple), shopping tips (buy used!), and styling others (in case you want to be a stylist).  I can picture using a bunch of Barbies and Barbie clothes to do some fun styling practice.  This is a case where thrift stores are your friend.  You could even deconstruct Barbie clothes to make originals.  Zombie isn’t a style in the book of styling, but you can make awesome Zombie Barbies. Just saying. 


The Styling Relay
You can also use the thrift store clothes mentioned about to do a fashion relay race.  Divide your participants into teams and have one person be the “it” person, the person who will be styled.  Write the different styles (grunge, goth, punk, etc.) onto slips of paper and have the teams draw them out of a hat.  Put a large pile of clothes at one end of your program room and have the teams line up at the go, each team member runs down to the pile relay style to grab an item and dress their “it” person in the style that they choose.  The first team to put together a complete outfit: shirt, bottoms and say 2 accessories wins.

The Look Book: 50 Iconic Beauties and How to Achieve Their Signature Styles by Erika Stalder takes you through a timeline of beauty and gives you step by step instructions of how to achieve iconic elements of their looks.  Want kewpie doll lashes like Twiggy? The Look Book tells you the tools you need, the amount of times it takes and gives you step by step instructions.  Plus, it gives you a little info on Twiggy.  Other interesting sections include the No-Makeup Makeup look inspired by Kate Winslet and face tattoos inspired by Kat Von D.  Don’t worry, it’s makeup, not real.  They also talk hair from the bed head to the pinup girl look, we’ve got ringlet curls, the sleek bob and Diva hair.  The five sections covered include lips, eyes, brows, skin & face and hair.

I was super excited to find this 5 book collection of all things fashion and style and am going to be getting a set for the Tween for Christmas, because she wants to learn how to sew and is in that I want to be a fashion designer stage of life.  I’m not particularly fashion oriented, but I found the information so useful and presented in ways that made sense for those of us who are fashion challenged.  And in all honesty, these particular titles are not really limited to teen appeal and would be great additions to all library collections.

Programming Ideas

Blue Jean Crafts
Jeaneology has a great variety of craft ideas you can do using old jeans.  Note: Also great for our TPIB Environmental Crafts.  They very in difficulty and some require actual sewing, which I keep meaning to learn how to do with the tween – these would definitely be some good learning projects and I probably won’t care if I mess up a pair of old jeans that don’t fit any more or .99 cent jeans I bought at the thrift store.  In addition, there are also some idea that discuss embellishing your jeans and tell you how to get that distressed jeans look.  Also, bleach pens and permanent markers can be your friend for some great graffiti jeans.

Some of the crafts you can do in a program include:
Jean hair band, page 44
Jean MP3 player or cell phone pocket, page 46
You can create a pencil pouch out of jeans for a back to school craft program, page 64
Make glittery ear rings or bracelets using jeans and wire (or use safety pins for a larger bangle bracelet), p. 78
Make cuff bracelets, p. 82

Make Your Own Accessories
Junk Box Jewelry would be a good inclusion to an Earth Day program or an accessories program.  It can also be a good way to use up all those left over craft supplies that you end up with.  I have done beading programs time and time again with my tweens and teens and can’t recommend them highly enough.  They are great hands on activities that allow teens to be creative and express their personal style while sitting around and being social.

My favorites from this collection:

  • Newstand Necklace, p. 66 – use old magazines to create paper beads.  Great for Earth Day again and using all those discarded magazines.
  • Toolbox Bracelet, p. 68 – make a bracelet out of hardware bits and pieces.  Again, great for Earth Day and don’t forget Steampunk Crafts.

Beach Party
Also included in Junk Box Jewelry are a variety of beach themed accessories including a Fishing-Net Cuff (p. 46) and a Sea Jewel Pendant (p. 38).  Add some make your own flip-flops (which you can purchase from Oriental Trading or buy them on sale at the end of the summer season and have a beach themed party in the middle of winter to lift every one’s spirits.  Just Google make your own flip-flops for a wide variety of ways to make them.

Project Accessory
For one season, there was an accessory version of Project Runway, which I always thought would be a fun teen program.  Just get together a bunch of miscellaneous items and have challenges including bracelets, chokers, headbands (or hair accessories).

Project Runway
See the original Project Fashion post here with great ideas for various challenges, including duct tape and garbage bag fashion.

Also check out Steve Moser’s Prom Spectacular for some great Prom programming ideas.

Don’t forget you can use the books to put together trivia contests, displays and use them with your social media.  Pick a week and have fashion week where you share style icons, play guess the decade fashion and more.

P.S., please tell me you know about the Fug Girls.  Go Fuy Yourself is my favorite style blog where they break down all the celebrity fashions with glorious snark.  Definitely check out what they had to say about the Breaking Dawn, Part 2 premiere.  This is a great resource to share with teens. Also, they write ya lit, including the title Spoiled.

What fashion related programming have you done?  What are some of your favorite teen titles that deal with fashion?  Tell all in the comments.