Doctor Who Day

IMG_1183We did it! After over a month of preparation, hours of painting, printing, and planning, our “Doctor Who Day” was a complete success!

We had 54 tweens, teens, and their parents attend our event. Many came in costume, dressed as their favorite Doctor or Companion.

At the end of the day, we raffled off all seven seasons of Doctor Who. We also raffled off a TARDIS mug as a runner-up prize.

This program was possible solely through the generosity of the Friends of the Library. I am tremendously thankful for their support. So are all my Whovians! 🙂

Decorations

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As always, I wanted this event to feel immersive. I tried to include as many specific details from the series as possible.

Most of my decorations were inspired by various Doctor Who episodes, including our “Badwolf” and “Cassandra” posters, as well as our K-9 and Weeping Angel standees. We also hung a number of famous Doctor Who quotes from the ceiling.

Food

We had four main dishes at our Doctor Who program: Sonic Screwdrivers (chocolate covered pretzel rods), Adipose Babies (marshmallows), bananas (because, as the Doctor said, “Always bring a banana to a party”), and Dalek cupcakes. The cupcake wrappers were ridiculously cute and can be found on Deviant Art. We also had bow-tie shaped lollipops from Oriental Trading, as well as popcorn.

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Book Station

Even though Doctor Who is a TV show, as a library, we still want to promote literacy. So I made sure to pull every Doctor Who book I could get my hands on to put on display. I also made some custom bookmarks in Publisher and had them laminated. Our teens were excited by the wide selection. Suffice to say, we kept the circulation desk very, very busy. 😉

Crafts

I wanted to make sure we had plenty for our teens to do. So I came up with several crafts for them to enjoy.

Felt Bow-Ties

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Alien Masks

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 IMG_1132IMG_1175Bottle Cap necklaces and TARDIS keys

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Games

I wanted to provide a variety of games for our teens to enjoy. So we had two board games: Doctor Who Jenga and Doctor Who Yahtzee.

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We also had two carnival-style games: “Time Lord Toss” and “Pin the Plunger on the Dalek.”

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At the end of the day, everyone had a fantastic time. This was our best attended teen event yet. Here’s to the Doctor! Allons-y!

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Swirly Paperclip Bracelet Craft

Fun fact about yours truly: I am not a crafty person.

In fact, throughout much of my life, I’ve pretty much equated anything “crafty” with Dante’s 9th circle. Friendship bracelets were fiendish. Decoupage was the devil. Sewing was satanic.

Because of my lack of skill, I developed a fear of all things crafty. I was deeply intimidated by anything artistic and avoided any such activities.

Then my great grandmother, the crafting queen, passed away unexpectedly. And, in an effort to honor her memory, I took a deep breath and gave crafting a second chance.

Since then, I’ve come to enjoy crafting – however feeble my attempts. Like yoga, I feel as though it’s more about the process than any perceived perfection. Still, I like to do a good job whenever I work on something – especially when that something involves my teenagers, who are both crafting junkies and gurus.

So imagine my relief when I stumbled upon instructables.com. If you haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend it. From furniture made out of shipping pallets to robots and jewelry making, instructables features step-by-step guides on how to make anything you could imagine.

I recently stumbled upon a craft there I absolutely loved: a bracelet made of paperclips. Yes. Paperclips. I was skeptical at first, but decided to give it a go.  So I grabbed my needle nose pliers, some jump rings, and a clasp.  And I have to say, for an uncrafty person, I think I did a pretty good job.

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Better yet: my teens and tweens are super excited about this craft. I’ve been using my bracelet as a marketing tool and a hook to draw them in.

Me: (displaying my bracelet-clad wrist) So how’d you like to learn how to make this? It’s made from paperclips.

Teen: Seriously?!?

Me: Seriously.

Teen: That is so cool!

Moral of the story: crafts aren’t so bad after all – especially when they help you connect with your patrons. 🙂