It's hard to believe, but we are in our final week of drop-in programming for Teen Summer Reading: Own the Night! We will wrap up our summer reading program next Wednesday, August 1, with a Teen Iron Chef competition, and the drawing for our grand prize baskets. Teens, be sure to turn in your reading logs by August 1 to get your raffle tickets entered for the prize drawing.
This week, we are bringing out some "Mystery Crafts" for the teens -- which is a creative way of saying that we are recycling some of our leftover craft supplies from earlier in the summer, as well as from other teen programs. Teens who drop in between 1 and 4 p.m. through Friday can make fleece pillows, duct tape crafts, bead magnets, string dolls and more.
For those crafty teens (and parents) who would like more projects to fill up the last few weeks before school, we have a variety of nonfiction offerings that feature handicraft projects. Here is a selection of our more recent purchases:
Beading in No Time: 50 Step-by-Step Designs for Beautiful Bead Jewelry, by Linda Peterson. Unique beaded jewelry continues to be popular, but can also be expensive to buy. This illustrated guide by Peterson features bracelets, necklaces, brooches and more. The projects are arranged by ease and length of time to complete, making this a good resource for both beginners and more advanced beaders.
World of Geekcraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects, by Susan Beal. This book is simply fun to browse through, even if you don't actually do any of the projects. A variety of crafting techniques show up in these projects, from beading and quilting to applique and needle felting. The projects are, again, arranged by ease of completion, from those for crafts who are "Not a Jedi Yet" to those who work at "Warp Speed." Crafters will enjoy creating Star Trek pillows, D&D dice earrings, a Morse code quilt, and more.
Just Duct Tape It!, by Patti Wallenfang. Our local teens always enjoy duct tape projects; over several years of teen programming, we've created pens, wallets, beach bags, cell phone covers, bracelets, purses, and more. This book is one of the newer offerings in the world of duct tape craft, but there are several others. Wallenfang goes beyond simple duct tape creations to add embellishments and detail, creating interesting bracelets, wallets, purses, and even locker decor.
Contemporary Dyecraft: Over 50 Tie-Dye Projects for Scarves, Dresses, T-Shirts and More, by Melanie Brummer. Tie-dye may be messy, but it seems to be the quintessential summer craft project. Brummer provides a lengthy introduction to the craft, giving necessary information on dyes, fabrics, and equipment. The projects she explains are simply beautiful, a far cry from the blotchy T-shirts that come back from summer camp sessions. Her designs include zebra and tiger stripes, geometric patterns, coils, and spirals.
Why not try a new handicraft, or pick up a book that re-introduces an old favorite? Teens who are interested in any of the above books, or in other craft guides, can visit the Young Adult nonfiction collection at CCPL.