Friday, February 6, 2009

Teen Craft projects (book)

Coleman, T. & Lanes, P. (2009). The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

It's not your grandmother's crafting projects! Instead, hip librarians as well as their teen patrons can engage in the hottest new DIY way of life, recycling everything from discarded books to Altoids tins. Getting hands-on and making the coolest crafts can be a way to encourage teens' individuality and growing sense of self. Whether projects are used for teen programs, to decorate the library's public teen space, or for a personal style statement, these are cutting-edge, must-do celebrations of creativity and innovation from two book- and library-loving crafters. Reflecting the true style and personality of hipster YA librarians and the teens they serve, this practical guide

§ Offers detailed step-by-step instructions for a dozen unique craft items

§ Provides one-page reproducible how-to handouts for each craft project

§ Illustrates each step with photos

§ Outlines tools and materials lists for smooth-running craft programs

§ Is supplemented by the authors’ online resources, including a blog

The authors' focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries' budget constraints. These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence—at the library! (book description)