Crafts, Cookies and Pinterest, Oh My!

Crafting in the library is popular with certain groups within all age ranges.  If you have the resources, you could use some of the craft links you find here to put on a program where your patrons get to make X, Y, Z craft.  Or…

Pinterest homepage picture

Source: stevegarfield on Flickr

If your library uses Pinterest, setting up boards for seasonal crafts and food may make your Pinterest account more relevant to your patrons.  This gives them the information and potentially the inspiration to make the craft or decoration themselves, at their leisure, where there is no issue with schedule conflicts that prevents them from coming to the program.

I have compiled a few lists of links to fall crafts and fall cookies (just for fun) that may interest your patrons.  There are so many more out there, these are just a few!

10 Links to 100+ Fall Crafts

If you have crafty patrons who would like to make some decorations for a fall party, want a new centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner, or just think something looks neat, these links are for you.  Some of these links are for individual projects, many of them are for round-ups of craft links.  I guess you could say this is a round-up of round-ups.

Fall decoration picture

Source: najjie on Flickr

Our Handmade Happiness – Fall letter blocks and a pumpkin tree for decorations

Divine Savings – Many links to some great fall craft ideas, including a Mason Jar Pumpkin and a Hanging Fall Wreath Chandelier

Home Stories A to Z – 10 Easy Fall Crafts

Designed by BH – DIY Felt Pompom Pumpkins

Tip Junkie – 29 Cool Fall Craft Projects to do

A Day in the Life of a Super Mom – Several links for fall home decorating craft ideas.

Discover Create Live – 10 Fall Craft ideas for inspiration

Style Blueprint – Some inspiring Halloween decor ideas gathered from Pinterest in October 2012

Handmade Jade – 9 Fall Crafts – I really like the Chalkboard Wordfind Pumpkin and the Halloween Tin Can Luminaries

Seven Alive – 30 Fall Decorations and Crafts – so many to choose from here

11 Delicious Cookie Links

Okay, so maybe I just put in cookies for fun.  But who doesn’t love a tasty cookie?  And, again, your library could create a board on Pinterest for fall cookies for your patrons to make at home.  These cookies are inspired by fall flavors like apples, maple, caramel, and the ever-popular pumpkin.  Enjoy!

Apple Cookie

Source: Hedonistin on Flickr

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Caramel Cookies

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

3 Fall Cookie Recipes – Pumpkin Bars, Maple Pecan Cookies, & Old Fashioned Ginger Bread

Pumpkin Cookies Two Different Ways

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M Cookies


Banned Books Week Matching Game

Once again, it is that time of year.  Banned Books Week is upon us (September 22 – 28, 2013) and halfway over now!

Banner of banned books

As librarians, we need to stand up for our patron’s rights to read whatever they choose and to fight censorship.  As the American Library Association (ALA) puts it, Banned Books Week allows us to “draw national attention to the harms of censorship.”  So, how are some libraries doing this?  Let’s take a look.

Libraries Raising Awareness

Check out some of the ways public libraries are interacting with their patrons to celebrate Banned Books Week and raise awareness.

Also check out these library crime scenes for reading banned books from years past:

  • The Spencer Public Library set up caution tape around a chair and throughout the day a librarian would sit in the chair and read a banned book.  There was a sign attached to the area that said “This librarian is reading a banned or challenged book.”
  • Oak Park Public Library took mugshots of their staff and patrons holding either a banned/challenged book or a sign that said “Caught reading banned books.”
  • Dayton Metro Library caged its staff and librarians one year and another year, they created a caged area where patrons could go read banned books within the cage.
  • In 2011, the Moore Memorial Public Library, with help from some of their teen patrons, staged a crime scene with book “victims.”

You should also check out what the Magpie Librarian is doing this year for Banned Books Week.  It’s pretty awesome!

And these are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many more out there!

So… about this Matching Game?

I really liked the trading card idea that I saw floating around in 2012 during banned books week.  Lawrence Public Library seemed to the be the library I saw featured for this idea.  It seems they are doing it again this year.  From a *very* brief search, it appears Chapel Hill Public Library is doing something similar this year.

Matching Game screenshot

I decided that I wanted to use the card idea, but make it an online matching game.  Ideally, you would have to match a brief synopsis of the book to the cover/title of the book.  Unfortunately, my tech skills are not quite so mad as to be able to figure out how to match two items with different appearances.  For now, the matching game is played the traditional way – match two identical covers of books that have been banned.  Unfortunately, you can’t test it out right now because the server I use for it is down, so you are stuck seeing the screenshot only.  Sorry.

I think it would be great to have a link to this game on a library home page, so that people who are interested could play a quick game.  It is a form of passive programming and can reach some of the virtual library users.

You could also make a physical version of it and have an area set up where patrons and/or librarians could play during Banned Books Week.  And, because you have control over the cards you make and are not limited by my poor coding skills, you can make as many different covers as you want.  You could also incorporate the idea of matching the synopsis to the book.

What about you?

What is your library doing this year?  What have they done in the past?  Have you seen anything recently that really inspires you?  Share it!