Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Librarian Post - Bad Art Day!

This program was SO much fun y'all!

The entire point of the program is for patrons to make the worst art they can possibly make with whatever weird stuff we have floating around. The one thing I did have to purchase was Canvas Paper ($6 or so for about 10 sheets, available at any art supply store) but you can also do it with Watercolor paper, which is slightly cheaper, actual canvases if you can find a good deal or heavy card stock (but I don't recommend card stock as it can get too wet too fast depending on what supplies you set out).

Each person who attended the program was given one sheet of the paper, and told they could use any of the other supplies they wanted to. Supplies they were provided included:
 - old magazines removed from the collection
 - old books removed form the collection
 - old newspapers removed the collection
 - glue sticks
 - scissors (regular and the fancy scrapbooking kinds that cut pretty patterns)
 - Washi tape
 - markers
 - crayons
 - different types of foam stickers
 - ribbons
 - "puffy paint" (the kind you use for decorating clothes)
 - a bad of old photo booth props I had floating around
 - feathers
 - fuzzy pom poms
 - acrylic paints and brushes

Anything else you have can go in the pile - colored pencils, drawing pencils, sequins, googly eyes, butcher paper, construction paper, glitter (if you are a bit of a masochist and enjoy the cleanup, otherwise stick to glitter-glue) etc.

I told the group they had 45 minutes to make their masterpieces and come up with a super awesome name for them. Then we would have a 15 minute show and tell where we would discuss their artistic achievements and they meant to them. Let me tell you, the group was cracking up the entire time and doing super fun things! Bonus points - we had kids AND adults doing the same project and having a jolly good time. I even had several people ask me if we would consider making this a monthly program and let me tell you, I am really considering just that because it was so cool! Below are some of their gorgeous achievements and the titles they chose.

The Day of the Eyes

Floating Into Confusion

Doesn't Follow Instructions

Orange Crush Meets Purple Rain: A Senior's View

Colorful Rainforest

Nana's Day

The Eye of Day

Confused: A Day a the Circus

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Librarian Post - Peeps Dioramas!

     When I first started working within my current library district, we hosted a district-wide Peeps Diorama competition in the style of the Washington Post's annual contest. At that time the adult programs were run by a lovely woman named Mimi. She has since retired, but I still keep in touch with her through the magic of Facebook.
    At the time of Mimi's retirement, her job functions were taken over by someone new who was... let's say "less enthusiastic." She decided to let the annual contest die, and I have always been a little sad about it, because it was one of my favorite events, and one of the few things we participated in as a district. (Because it was a completely anonymous judging, even employees and their families were encouraged to participate).
   This year, I said to heck with it and decided to bring the contest back within my branch. I asked Mimi for some input, and got great advice from other libraries that have been holding their own versions of the competition to come up with guidelines and now I am just sitting around hoping some dioramas actually get turned in!

The guidelines are quite simple:
1. The theme is Peeps in Literature so all dioramas must be somehow based on a book.
2. All parts of the diorama are to fit within a maximum 14" X 16" box.
3. The scenes depicted must be appropriate for all ages.
4. The title of the diorama must be somewhere on the front of the box, and Peeps related puns are highly encouraged.
5. One entry per person or group, by which I specified that someone is welcome to turn in an individual entry IN ADDITION TO participating in a group entry.
6. 5 people max per group entry.
7. Judging will be blind, so upon receiving them, each entry is given a number.

The entrants also have to turn in a form with the names of who made the diorama, the title, their age or ages, a phone for contact and note with category they are entering into so I can contact them if they win something.

The categories are:
Children age 12 or under
Teens ages 13-17
Adults ages 18 and older

One diorama will also be crowned Peeple's Choice through later voting by patrons. I have made cute little certificates and have a few small prizes for the winners. I even made a super slapdash simple diorama as a sample. Can you guess what book it's based on?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review: Kim Reaper Graphic Novel

     Sarah Graley's new Kim Reaper graphic novel series is a promising new title for the tween and teen set.
     The story revolves around Becka, an adorably dorky University student who is mega-crushing on Kim, a cute Goth girl in one of her classes. Becka has never even spoken to Kim but has decided they are meant to be, and finally works up the courage to ask her for a drink down at the pub when she sees Kim whip out a GIANT scythe and open a portal to who knows where. Becka follows and realizes that Kim is a part-time Grim Reaper.
    A series of hilarious adventures follow - including an attempt at reaping the soul of a cat owned by a crazed, steroid-using body builder (because Kim is only part-time she can only reap animal souls). But, when Kim breaks the rules and gets in MAJOR trouble with her bosses, Becka needs to decide if this potential relationship is even worth it. Meanwhile Kim learns a big mistake she made could cost her not only her job but her life (if you get fired from reaping, you're fired from LIFE) UNLESS she reaps Beka! Drama ensues!
    The only negative I have here is that the art style is really juvenile - and the story is so cutesy that the story would probably most appeal to tweens... but the characters are all University students who party hard and drink a lot, and that aspect probably would not appeal to a tween audience. I do think it's a promising start to a series that shows a lot of potential - and the fact that the main characters are a bi-racial lesbian couple is definitely a refreshing aspect that will definitely appeal to younger LGBT-etc. girls who want (and need) these types of positive role models.

      Kim Reaper hits shelves tomorrow, March 13th, 2018.

3/5 bookmarks! Loses points for the visuals not really matching the character backgrounds. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Book Review: Photographic

     Photographic is a biographical graphic novel about the life and art of the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, who made it her life's mission to capture the unusual in the everyday, and made it her life's work to especially capture the beauty of women - including one of her favorite subjects, the Muxe (pronounced moo-hay) - a group of transgender women in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
     As a Mexican woman it hit me deep to read about a fellow Mexican woman who has become internationally renowned for her art and her vision of our very unique culture. There just are not enough books like this ESPECIALLY in beautiful graphic novel form that incorporates both the artists actual works with new images interpreted by a new author.
     The style of the book will certainly appeal to people of all ages, since it is simple enough for kids to understand but interesting enough that adults will enjoy it and learn from it as well. 

Photographic hits shelves tomorrow, March 6, 2018

4/5 bookmarks!