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Saturday, July 7, 2012
What Rocks Your Teens?
At the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson, I’ve
been trying out some new teen programming ideas.During the first week of the summer reading
program, we hosted a successful teen karaoke night.At first I was concerned about finding a
karaoke machine, but it turns out that you can use a Wii console and purchase (or
borrow from another library) Wii Karaoke games.Simple, right?!We used Karaoke Revolution Glee, American Idol Encore 2, and Sing 4.Three games was just the right amount for our 1.5 hour program and among
the three we could find songs that all teen participants enjoyed.We projected the game onto the wall with a
ceiling-mounted projector and teens chose to sing duets or solos through the
games’ karaoke modes.We also had a
large number of “backup singers” who joined in regardless of whether they had a
microphone in their hand.I loved watching
the teens let loose and belt out songs like “Sweet Caroline” and Kelly
Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” in the library!
Last week we offered a “Highlighter Party” for area
teens.For those of you who are familiar
with the highlighter party concept, this was obviously a tamer and craftier
version.I set up long fluorescent black
lights (which only cost $10 at Wal-Mart and worked great!) on tables along with
highlighters, neon paint, and glow-in-the-dark paint.Participants brought white t-shirts and
decorated them with markers and paint in the darkened room while listening to
music.Some of the girls swapped shirts
and decorated their friend’s shirt while others painted their hands to create
neon handprints on their shirts.The
readily available sink in the craft room allowed us to get messy, which of
course made everything more fun!