Fitness Friday #5: Tai Chi

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Like my Zen Gardening Class, this was another program I was a little worried about. Would  teens actually show up for a Tai Chi Class? Would it be relevant and interesting to them?

Apparently, so!

Our instructor, Corliss Marsh, first introduced the history of Tai Chi, talked about some of the differences between styles, and taught the teens a few key concepts (breath, balance, etc). Afterwards, she led them through a series of 16 postures in one of the Yang forms.

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I think we have a real need for/interest in these calmer, more meditative programs in our community. Each one has been well attended and the teens have been inquisitive and receptive.

The one thing I’d change: next time, we’re going to need a bigger room. 🙂

Total attendance: 19 teens (and 3 parents)

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Teen Craft: DIY Light Switch Plates

For our craft this month, I wanted to do something fun and easy: DIY Light Switch Covers. Each cover only costs $0.45. Add a $5.00 tub of mod podge, a few old magazines, and you’ve got a wonderfully affordable craft. 🙂

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Hunger Games Day

So…confession: I adore The Hunger Games. So do my teenagers which, of course, means programming. This year, though, I decided a single program wasn’t going to be enough. Instead, we planned an entire DAY dedicated to Ms. Everdeen. 🙂

Part 1: Hunger Games Archery Class

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Bryce Smith and several of his fellow instructors came out and brought all of the necessary supplies: bows, arrows, targets, etc. Bryce walked our teens through a fifteen minute orientation and lined them up to shoot.

And I have to say, for their first time out the gate, they did a pretty good job! Better than I could’ve done at any rate. 🙂

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Part 2: Mockingjay Movie Release Party

Food & Decorations:

Our color scheme was black and yellow, so I created parachutes with each of the twelve District crests and hung them (and some streamers) around the room. At the entrance, I had laminated bookmarks courtesy of Living Locurto. I also had a dystopian book display to encourage additional reading.

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Our menu included Cinna Sticks, Nightlock berries (blueberries), Cornucopias (Bugles), Peeta Bread & Hummus, and Catching Fire Cupcakes. The two dozen cupcakes were generously donated by Sweet Ida Mae’s Bakery.

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Crafts:

We offered two options for this program: locker magnets and bottle cap keychains/necklaces.
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Games:

We had two options available for our adventurers: “Pin the Mockingjay on Katniss” and “suction cup archery.”

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Afterwards, we all settled in to watch Catching Fire. I raffled off a copy of the trilogy and tickets to see Mockingjay.

In total we had 23 teens and tweens attend this event. I’m very much looking forward to doing it again next year!

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Teen Zombie Prom

Well, we survived: Zombie Prom, that is. 🙂 Here are the highlights for all you undead aficionados.

Decorations and Food:

Our color scheme was red and black, so we decorated with streamers, balloons, and blood spattered banners throughout the meeting room. Our “A Night to Dismember” pennant banner was hung over the food table. We also created cardboard tombstones and surrounded them with severed Dollar Store limbs and moss we collected from outside.

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For food, we offered two main options: severed finger cookies and undead cupcakes (that bled cherry sauce when bitten into). I may or may not have spent about six hours baking the aforementioned treats but, in the end, it was worth it. The teens loved them. We also had a ice brain mold floating in our “blood-filled” punch bowl. 🙂

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Most importantly, we also had a teen Zombie book display, featuring novels by Carrie Ryan, Darren Shan, Jonathan Maberry, and other zombie-writing authors. As a library, we strive to promote literacy at all of our events.

 Photo Booth:

We wanted to provide a spot for our guys and ghouls to commemorate their eerie evening, so we hung some velvet curtains, a “Zombie Prom” pennant banner, and arranged some extra tombstones for a freaky photo-op.

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Craft:

For our craft this year, we decided to keep it simple. We printed out 1-inch circular zombie images and the teens got to make bottle cap necklaces and key chains.

Costume Contest:

Just prior to showing Dance of the Dead, we had a costume contest. Each undead contestant strutted his or her stuff before our three judges. Each zombie was scored using a predesigned rubric. Our Zombie King and Queen each won a $25 Amazon gift card.

In total, we had thirty teens show up for prom this year – a whopping 67% increase over last year! 🙂 I’d say that’s bloody brilliant. Here’s to the zombies!

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