CHICAGO — From Tina Coleman and Peggie Llanes, the authors of the enormously popular bestseller “The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects,” comes an all-new selection of innovative ideas, featuring numerous projects easy enough to be assembled in the library either by groups or someone working alone. The projects in “The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects 2,” published by ALA Editions, have been chosen especially to engage tweens and teens — and have been field-tested by YA librarian Amy Alessio’s Teen Corps, students in grades 6–12 at the Schaumburg Township (Ill.) Public Library. For maximum fun, this book:
- Includes a variety of crafts that use recycled and repurposed materials;
- Lists the tools and equipment needed for each project, followed by step-by-step instructions and photographs;
- Assigns a difficulty level and ideal group size and suggests a timeframe for each activity;
- Offers several “Quick-fire” options to fit crafting into shorter time slots.
Coleman is member specialist for the Membership Development office of the American Library Association. In addition to her work in Membership Development, her previous position as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics gave her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents. Coleman won the 2006 ALA Staff Achievement Award.
Llanes worked for many years at Christopher House, a Chicago day care and social services center, where she had extensive training in child development, social service and community and group work. Through her experience working with underprivileged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality and enhance self-esteem.
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