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From the authors of the enormously popular Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects comes an all-new selection of innovative ideas. These projects 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 (IL) Public Library. For maximum fun, this book

  • Includes a variety of crafts that make use of 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, ideal group size, and suggests a timeframe for each activity
  • Offers several "Quick-fire" options to fit crafting into shorter time slots

With numerous projects easy enough to be assembled in the library either by groups or someone working alone, this book will get YA librarians, educators, and their students whipping up creative crafts in no time!

Foreword by Amy Alessio and Katie LaMantia vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi



  1. Design Your Own Picture Frames 1
  2. Paper Scrap Stationery 5
  3. Design Your Own Patches 9
  4. No-Sew Organizers 15
  5. Fabric Scrap Accessories 21
  6. Recycled Mobiles 27
  7. Decorated Containers 33
  8. Memory Boards 39
  9. Rock Star Jewelry 47
  10. Book Boxes 55
  11. Polymer Clay Creatures 61
  12. Make Your Own Games 69

Appendix A: Templates 79
Appendix B: Supplies, Tools, and Project Materials 85
Appendix C: Glossary 89
Appendix D: Resources 93



Tina Coleman

Tina Coleman is member specialist for the membership development department of the American Library Association. Winner of the ALA 2006 Staff Achievement Award, her work as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics has given her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents.

Peggie Llanes

Peggie 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 underprividged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality and enhance the self esteem.

"[An] excellent supplementary reference and resource for teachers, librarians, homeschoolers, parents, sitters, and anyone else looking to share a hands-on creative and educational experience with young people. "
--California Bookwatch